Celebrate Independence Day at Edison & Ford Winter Estates


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Public Relations Coordinator

Celebrate Independence Day at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 30, 2017) -- Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open regular hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Independence Day, Thomas Edison's favorite holiday.
According to historical documents, Edison woke up early in the morning on Independence Day to spend time with his children and set off a giant firecracker in his yard. The children would dress in Fourth of July costumes and Edison and the children would throw Chinese firecrackers. Edison even made his own fireworks with TNT added and called them incendiary torpedoes. Records of an invoice from 1893 on the Thomas Edison National Historic Park website, lists the purchases made for the holiday. It included “2 dozen packages Electric Torp., 1 Dragon’s Nest, 1 Devil Among the Tailor, 1 Surprise Box, 1 Floral Fountain, 1 dozen Rockets, 1 dozen B.R. Candles, 1 lb. Colored Fire, 1 Firework Balloon 20 ft."
As part of the holiday celebration, the family enjoyed ice cream and watermelon, just as many American families do today.
The day meant so much to Edison that he even used red, white and blue bulbs when he made the first strand of Christmas lights to represent the colors of the holiday.

For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.