Edison Festival of Light
Date: Jan 23 - Feb 21, 2016
About the Edison Festival of Light
Thomas Alva Edison earned global respect for his contributions in creating the modern world. Although he lived in New England most of his lifetime, Fort Myers became the beloved winter home to the inventor. Edison established his winter retreat in Fort Myers in 1885 and spent many seasons at his estate until his death in 1931. While in Fort Myers, Edison brought national recognition to what was then a small town, enticing other notables to relocate to the area.
Thomas Edison believed in giving back to the community. His contributions and character hold an unequaled meaning for Southwest Florida and the Edison Festival of Light has become the premier winter event to celebrate his life.
The idea of a celebration to commemorate Edison’s life of achievement evolved into the Edison Pageant of Light in 1938, with a Coronation Ball, a parade, a band concert and a memorial service. The successful three-day event grew, and later increased to a week-long festival, and finally to two full weeks.