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Edison Festival of Light


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The Edison Festival of Light is a three week celebration that takes place each February to honor the contributions that Thomas Alva Edison made to our Fort Myers community! The history and culture of the SWFL area is celebrated with several events including the hands on STEM focused day where over one hundred different booths are set up that allow kids and their families the opportunity to explore science and innovation by taking part in experiments like snow creation and robotics! The Festival also features a day of Junior festivities like the Fun Run and Parade where marching bands, families and local businesses dress up and entertain the crowd along a one mile route. The Festival concludes with the Grand Parade of Light, our signature event, that attracts international visitors and more than 200,000 participants and attendees. The Grand Parade is one of the largest lighted night parades in the country and features out of town special entertainment in the parade, large floats that have decorative lighting arrangements, imaginative costumes, marching bands and more!

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  • Food/Beverage Service, Restrooms,
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Full day, Half day,
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  • Disability Accessible,


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STEMtastic Day of Discovery

February 13, 2016
STEMtastic Day of Discovery is a partnership between the Edison Festival of Light, Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the Lee County School District, sponsored by FPL. The goal is to promote STEM education in the Fort Myers community and introduce students and families to fun and exciting opportunities through education and careers involving the different initiatives. It is important to focus on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math because it teaches valuable skills and knowledge that are essential for student growth and success. This event provides children and their families the opportunity to have a hands-on app ...Read More>> oach at learning the fun things that STEM encompasses like robotics and the creation of really fun experiments like snow making. Read Less


Junior Parade

February 14, 2016
Florida’s largest youth parade showcases the creativity and talents of hundreds of Southwest Florida children and their families. Over 100 units including floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, clowns and dignitaries parade their way around the Downtown river District. The annual event has been taking place in Southwest Florida since the 1940’s and gets better every year!. The Junior Parade is held during the day and is a smaller version of the Grand Parade. It’s old-fashioned family fun for participants and spectators. Come join us and be part of the tradition!

Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade

February 20, 2016 - February 21, 2016
Named as the largest night parade in the Southeast year after year, the Grand Parade is a two-hour extravaganza featuring national participants & local marching bands, floats, local government and law enforcement officials, clowns and much, much more. The parade brings the entire Southwest Florida community out in celebration of the life and achievements of our local winter resident, Thomas Edison. Spectators come from near and far to enjoy this event and often begin marking their viewing spot weeks in advance! Although the event is free for spectators, local non-profit groups sell reserved seats and VIP tickets are sold in the Edison Fe ...Read More>> tival of Light office. Read Less

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