Published: Jul 03, 2013 6:30 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 03, 2013 8:20 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Get an early start on your 4th of July celebration by getting in the spirit of the holiday at the family favorite "Great American Picnic" Thursday, July 4th from Noon - 3:30 pm at the Marina at Cape Harbour.

Beginning at Noon:

• Cape Coral VFW Post 8463 Color Guard presentation.

• Marcella Brown will be singing our National Anthem and more.

• Chris the DJ with the "Juke Box Hero" will entertain.

• Proceeds go to Adopt-A-Troop Foundation.

• Dixie Roadhouse Dance Team.

• Zumba demonstration with Rebecca.

At 1pm the "Best Patriotic Pet Contest" begins:

• Registration starts at 11:30am.

• Judges are WINK's Lois Thome and John Woods with the Carefree Boat Club.

• Patriotic Pet Winners will be announced at 2:15pm.

2pm to 3pm get ready for:

• The "Bubble Gum Contest" hosted by Run Agrounds.

• The "Hula Hoop Contest" hosted by the Joint.

• "Tattoos & Firecracker Braids" by High Maintenance Salon/Day Spa & Divine Divas.

• Also the traditional "Apple Pie Baking Contest" hosted by Pignoli on the Harbour.

(Call 239-541-0800 to confirm if you plan to enter a pie in the contest).

• Dunk Tank hosted by High Maintenance Salon.

Rumrunners, The Joint and Run Agrounds will entice guests with several menu choices, and Pignoli on the Harbour will be selling the customary 4th of July fare of hot dogs and hamburgers along with their daily menu. Merchants along the Marina Promenade will have their doors open featuring red-hot holiday specials. We have several new shops for you to enjoy!

Banana Bay Tour Company will host their annual 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks Cruise! Boarding begins at 7:15pm dockside at Rumrunners. Call 239-728-8687 reserve your seat and enjoy a 3 1/2 hour cruise!

There will be vendors from our Saturday Farmers Market here to supply all your produce needs and other items! It's going to be a festive day here at Cape Harbour!

For more details, log onto call (239) 470-2746.