|Riverfront Park in Apalachicola, Florida|
The city hosts its annual Old Apalachicola Independence Day at Riverfront Park on Wednesday, July 3rd. The event begins with a Red, White & Blue Parade through downtown at 6 p.m. (Eastern), followed by an ice cream social, live music and food at Riverfront Park at 8. The fireworks will launch over the Apalachicola River at 9 p.m.
I really love this event because it takes place at one of the most historic places in Florida.
|Trinity Episcopal Church, 1839|
The famed pirate and adventurer William Augustus Bowles, who is celebrated each year in Fort Walton Beach as the pirate Billy Bowlegs (not to be confused with the Seminole chiefs of the same name), once battled Spanish coast guard vessels at the mouth of the Apalachicola River and it was up the river that his pirate ships sailed carry their booty from raids on Spanish and merchant shipping in the Gulf of Mexico.
Then, during the War of 1812, British forces landed here to supply Creek, Seminole and African (Black Seminole) warriors and to enlist them to fight against the United States. It was at the mouth of the Apalachicola River that the famed Red Stick Creek leaders Peter McQueen and the Prophet Josiah Francis went aboard British ships to forge an alliance in the months ahead of the Battle of New Orleans.
|Cannon in Apalachicola|
|Orman House, 1838|
In 1861, after Florida left the Union, Confederate forces fortified the Apalachicola waterfront. Heavy cannon were emplaced at The Battery and Fort Mallory was built offshore on St. Vincent Island.
If you are looking for a great place to explore Southern history and learn more about the War Between the States in Florida, consider making it to Apalachicola on Wednesday. You can spend the day exploring the historic sites of the city, enjoying some of the best seafood anywhere, and then settle in for the parade, festivities and fireworks during the evening.
Please click here to learn more about historic Apalachicola.
See the full list of Florida 4th of July fireworks at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/floridafireworks.