Published: Jul 05, 2010 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2010 7:46 PM EDT

Cape Coral, Fla -  Red, White and Boom went off with a bang.

Despite the weather, fireworks lit up the sky and thousands of people turned out.

"We had a very successful event last night which means we have a lot of trash to pick up," John Bolam said Monday afternoon as he helped clean up.

Bolam is Asst. Special Events Coordinator.

He and more than dozens people spent Monday breaking down fences and barricades, and cleaning up trash and other remnants of Red, White and Boom.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office also brought some people to pitch in and help clean up.

"The sheriff's department brought out some people doing community service that helped out tremendously," Bolam said.

Bolam says this was the most successful event in recent years.

"We packed them after the rain let up. Everyone seemed pretty happy," he said.

He adds that is worth all the hard work.

"When you see that much community presence...it makes it well worth it."