Published: Jul 02, 2010 10:49 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 02, 2010 7:50 PM EDT

Cape Coral, Fla - Preparations are under way for Southwest Florida's biggest 4th of July celebration.

In just 48 hours, thousands of people will celebrate America's freedom at Red, White and Boom.

Volunteers are working up to 18hrs a day to make sure Red, White and Boom goes off with a bang.

"We're awful excited. Awful excite this July 4th," said Bob Knickman, Special Events Coordinator.

All day Friday volunteers worked hard to make sure the tents and stage are set.

putting up fences

Organizers say Red, White and Boom is going to be explosive this year.

The fireworks start at 9:30 and will light up the sky for a nearly 30 minutes.

"It's the biggest show in Southwest Florida," Knickman said.

The Cape Coral bridge will close Sunday morning.

You will need to use an alternate route.

Part of Cape Coral Parkway will close in the afternoon.

Unlike last year, the event this year is completely free.

This is made possible because Remax Realty and other businesses are sponsoring the event.

Good news because Red, White and Boom was on the brink of cancellation until these companies stepped up and put down some cash.

"The business is strong here in Cape Coral. People believe in what they're doing," Knickman said.

With the finishing touches underway, organizers focus on making sure Southwest Floridians can fully enjoy and celebrate Independence day.

"One thing we need not to forget is what Independence Day is all about," said Elmer Tabour, Red, White and Boom Chairman.

At 9:15pm, right before the fireworks begin, organizers are going to have a 21 gun salute to honor the men and women who have died the past few years fighting overseas.

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