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National country act and headliner Parmalee rocked the Red, White & BOOM! stage in Cape Coral during the annual celebration on Thursday. JOHNATHAN MINEHAN

Cape Coral’s “Red, White & BOOM!” celebration was a blast, with live music and fireworks once again taking center stage at Cape Coral’s annual Fourth of July Independence Day street festival.

National country act and headliner Parmalee played some of his top hits, including “Carolina,” “Friend,” And “Take my name.” They also played hits by other artists, including The Kid Laroi’s “Remain” and Ushers “Yes.”

Ashlyn Peterson, who has attended several times, said she was excited about Parmalee’s performance and also enjoyed the late-night fireworks.

“For a few years now, I have been coming down here with my friend Shawn, who I met when we started working together at the hospital, and his little sister,” said Peterson. “We usually have a barbecue at my uncle’s every year.”

The Fourth of July means a lot to residents like Peterson, as his sister, brother and father are in the military.

They were among the thousands of revelers who filled the Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.

Kiaya Sunn had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the city-organized event and spent some time in a sales tent set up by her family’s roofing business.

“I’m most looking forward to singing the national anthem. I had a little breakdown yesterday, but today I’m ready,” Sunn said on Thursday. “The Fourth of July is about getting together with my friends and family and being patriotic. There’s just so much to do here. There are so many different things to really enjoy.”

Sunn has sung the national anthem at numerous events, including high school games and other sporting events, and was excited about the opportunity to do so again, this time at Southwest Florida’s largest Fourth of July celebration.

Red, White & BOOM! included various food trucks, vendors and opportunities for businesses to showcase and advertise.

Admission to the event was free, but there was also a VIP admission option, including a catered meal from Mission BBQ, two alcoholic beverages or soda/water, shaded seating, air-conditioned restrooms, customized giveaways and prime views of the fireworks.

Meanwhile, food trucks offered the crowd lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and more.

Chuck Tomlin was among those picking up food for his family and enjoying live music.

“I’ve been (in Southwest Florida) for a while, but haven’t had the opportunity to attend the event yet,” said Tomlin. “It’s always a nice day with the family. I’m from Cape May, New Jersey, and I watch the fireworks there every summer, but this is my first time.”

After the concert ended in “Boom zone”, The always eagerly awaited fireworks rose into the sky and did not disappoint – the spectacle could be seen from the streets further away near the Cape Coral Bridge.

The participants had some advice for next year’s participants.

Tomlin, who is now coming off his first Red, White & BOOM!, said there’s no need to be afraid of going to a big event in Cape Coral, just make sure you bring cool clothes and plenty of sunscreen.

Peterson had similar advice.

“Wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water and come early,” She said.