CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- One of the largest 4th of July celebrations in Southwest Florida went off without a hitch Monday evening.
Thousands of people count on Cape Coral's Red White and Boom for a patriotic party, but hundreds of small businesses count on it too.
For vendor Jeff Caponi, big events like Monday's in Cape Coral are a big boost to his bottom line.
"We always have the busiest booth every single year. It's simply amazing," Caponi says.
His funnel cake stand is one of more than a hundred vendor booths at the function, where crowds of 25,000 are almost a guarantee.
"This is it right here for us. This just takes care of everything else for the year for us," says Caponi.
Event organizers say the economic impact of the annual celebration is almost as big as its patriotic impact.
Director Elmer Tabor says the exposure for businesses here will carry on long past the entertainment and lit-up skies.
"They're not just selling glow-necklaces. They're selling carpet cleaning and pest control too," says Tabor.
For Kevin Smith, whose Hawaiian Kettle Corn business made its debut at the Independence Day event, getting the word out locally is part of the fun.
"It's right in our backyard -- We can't pass up this great opportunity. Keeping it in the Cape is what it's all about," Smith says.
According to event organizers, it cost about $200,000 to put on the event -- about that came from private sponsors.
They say after everything, the Chamber of Commerce usually gets $5,000 back from food sales.