Fourth of July at Edison Ford
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year with special tours, visits with the Edisons and Fords, river cruises on the Caloosahatchee and an all-American BBQ lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.
Both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison celebrated the Fourth of July, in fact Edison claimed it was his "favorite holiday." On the Fourth of July, Edison would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early in the morning to set off fireworks. The family would celebrate the holiday with American favorites - watermelon and ice cream. An invoice dated in 1893 lists the elaborate purchases the Edison family made for their Fourth of July celebration. Written on the bill, "This Bill Is For Fireworks Only," and included "two dozen packages of Electric Torp., one Dragon’s Nest, one Devil Among the Tailor, one Surprise Box, one Floral Fount(ain), one (dozen) Rockets, one (dozen) 10 B.R. Candles, 1 lb. Colored Fire, and one Firework Balloon 20 ft." It is also believed Edison’s favorite variety of firecrackers were the ones he invented and created himself, that had a little more TNT added!
Edison Ford is honoring Edison’s enjoyment of the holiday with tours throughout the day; river cruises of the Caloosahatchee led by environmental experts with Captiva Cruises at 11 a.m. 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.; and an all-American BBQ at the Royal Palm Yacht Club from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Buffet lunch will include chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon, ice tea, and dessert.
Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non members, $45; children ages 6 – 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.