It is recommended that you plan ahead for parking since you will more than likely encounter some road closures. We have been told that the Fort Myers Police Department will begin closing streets in the Downtown area around 3pm or before hand if the City of Palms parking garage fills to capacity earlier.
Handicap parking will be available in the post office lot on Edwards and Monroe and the County Lot on Monroe until they are full.
There will be trolley services to the downtown area (by LeeTran) on Saturday, which you can view below.
On Thursday, February 19 the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be located at the Sam Galloway Ford Dealership on Boy Scout Road. Visitors can tour for free. Galloway was instrumental in partnering with the Edison Festival of Light to bring the exhibit to Southwest Florida. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Edison Festival will honor America’s Bravest on a special tribute float, featuring local veteran Corey Kent, at the Grand Parade on Saturday night.
ABOUT the 9/11 Never Forget Mobil Exhibit The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the memory of Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
The mobile exhibit as a tribute to those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is aimed at educating all ages about the historic events of that day. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day.
The memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first responder radio transmissions and live tours by FDNY firefighters. Entrance into the exhibit is always free of charge.
1. 53-foot tractor trailer
2. 1,000 square foot exhibit that travels the country
3. Artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, first responder radio transmissions, fire truck parts, photos, video
4. Personal stories and live tours by FDNY firefighters who were there
5. Honors the sacrifices of those who serve their country today along with first responders
6. Not everyone can visit Ground Zero, hear the story of that day
7. It was an event that changed the world
8. Ideal for young kids who weren’t aware of what happened that day
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
ABOUT THE WORK THE STEPHEN SILLER FOUNDATION DOES AND WHO BENEFITS:
Fort Myers, Florida – The Edison Festival of Light Committee and program sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz are proud to distinguish Kathryn Kelly as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade of Light set to take place on February 21st.
Nominations were submitted by community members wishing to recognize exemplary altruistic individuals and reviewed by the committee. Founder of the Heights Foundation, Kelly has made a lasting impact on the community through the foundation’s educational programs, holiday outreach events and more. Described by her peers as an inspiration, Kelley has been committed to improving the lives of those around her by helping to develop strong independent families in our community.
As Honorary Grand Marshal, Kelly will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. In addition, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will make a contribution to the Heights Foundation in Kelley’s honor.
The Grand Parade of Light is a two-hour extravaganza featuring national & local marching bands, unique floats and giant balloons, local government and law enforcement officials and more. The parade, which has gained recognition as the largest night parade in the south east, brings the entire community out in celebration of the life and achievements of winter resident, Thomas Edison. This event is FREE to the public and will take place on February 21st beginning at Fort Myers High School at 7:00 pm and concluding in the downtown River District. A Grand Parade Party and concert on the River with live entertainment the day of the parade is also FREE to the public! The fun begins at 11am!