PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2023
RE: Fourth Fest & Fireworks in Laishley Park, Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda, Florida

For the past 18 years, Smugglers Enterprises has proudly presented the Fourth Fest and Fireworks in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda.  This community event has entertained thousands from all over southwest Florida. In addition, Fourth Fest has partnered with various non-profits and youth organizations to provide important funding to support their causes.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it was discovered that the fishing pier in Laishley park, where the fireworks are normally shot from, was damaged and determined to be unusable and is closed.

Also, the fireworks company, which has shot fireworks for the past 18 years, ceased operations in Florida.  After securing a new fireworks company, it was determined that a barge with a minimum size of 40×60 would be required to shoot the July 4th fireworks display.

After an exhaustive search, it was determined that there were no barges available within the budget for the fireworks. This is due to most local barges being utilized for hurricane cleanup and hurricane related construction.

We do not anticipate this barge shortage to continue in 2024 and are planning to resume our normal Fourth Fest and Fireworks celebration on July 4 in 2024.  Smugglers Enterprises regrets not being able to host the fireworks this year due to circumstances beyond our control.

We are looking forward to a great 2024 Fourth Fest and Fireworks in Laishley Park and again hosting this community event.

For additional information contact:

Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Court #121
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
www.smugglersevents.com
jerry@smugglers.com

DONATIONS NEEDED!

Please help support this community event by making a donation for the 2024 Fireworks online or by mail to The Punta Gorda Fireworks Fund. The fireworks are 100% funded by sponsors and donations. No municipal funds are used.