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Annual Peace Day Celebration set for Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park

By Staff | Sep 16, 2021

Get ready to “Come Together for Peace” at the 14th Annual SWFL Peace Day Celebration.

The International Day of Peace is celebrated worldwide each year on Sept. 21. This year, the 14th Annual SWFL Peace Day Celebration will be held on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a free family and pet-friendly event.

For the past 13 years, SWFL Peace Day celebrations have been held in Lee County, first at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, then at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers from 2017-19. Each year, the annual celebration has been supported and attended by thousands of people in the community.

Food drives, pet drives and blood drives have helped hundreds of members of the community each year, thanks to the support of people who care about peace. SWFL Peace Day Celebration continues to be a favorite event where the community comes together to celebrate all that is right in the world, experiencing a single day of Peace right in Southwest Florida.

This year the growth of the SWFL Peace Day Celebration has inspired organizers to move it to the Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park in Fort Myers. With plenty of room for vendors and parking, play areas for children, volleyball and tennis courts, and even a dog park, it is ideal for Peace Day in the Park to expand and include more of the local like-minded community, businesses and non-profit organizations. Cultivating Peace, Helping It Grow has been the motto, and the cultivating has taken root, and will continue to grow and produce fruit.

The 14th Annual SWFL Peace Day Celebration will feature:

• Kid’s activities, rides and more

• Local vendors, unique artisans, non-profits, live art, and more

“Peace” Blood Drive

• Live music, including Faded Roots, Brian Markley & The Yabo Bros, David “Bear” Paolli, Zakara, Family Time Music, feel good music from the ’60s and more. Also, the Calendar Girls will be back to entertain, also there will be belly dancers, a sword dancing show, kids sing-a-long and more.

• Early morning yoga and qigong that will continue through the day

• Free crystal bowl therapy and performances happening hourly and throughout the day at the newly-created “Oasis of Peace” zone

• On-site licensed mental health counselor, Charity Godfrey and her team at Lifescape Counseling will provide free counseling to anyone in need

• Free introductory acupuncture happening throughout the day

• Free reiki throughout the day

• Food drive to benefit the local ACT Shelter

• Pet food and supply drive to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society

Peace Day will be the first large event open to the public since the county started reissuing event permits. This year’s theme is “Come Together.” The community is encouraged to bring a blanket, yoga mat, or chair and enjoy a peace filled day with friends and family alike.

For more information on becoming a vendor and/or getting involved with Peace Day, contact Zachari VanDyne, SWFL Peace Celebrations, at swfl4peace@email.com or 239-560-5224.

Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park is at 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers.