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Thomas Edison and friends in car in downtown Fort Myers


Edison Pageant of Light exists to perpetuate the memory of Thomas Alva Edison. 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.

The Edison Pageant of Light was the inspiration of the late Robert Halgrim, newspaperman and personal friend of Mr. Edison. Mr. Halgrim wanted to create a celebration paying homage to the great inventor which would become a living memorial to the man himself. The Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club and the Jaycees enthusiastically helped him develop the mythical kingdom of Edisonia concept.

In 1938, seven years after Thomas Edison’s death, the related events became the annual events of the Edison Festival of Light and have remained since, pausing only from 1942-1945 during the war, and again in 2021 for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Edison Pageant of Light organization enjoys putting on a Coronation Ball, the Thomas Alva Edison Birthday Party, and an Edison Festival of Light Parade Party. These popular and ever expanding events are a meaningful and fun tradition for members and community alike. These events take place and experience great success due to the generous efforts of Edison Pageant of Light members, committees, and the Pageant's community supporters.

Thomas Alva Edison

Membership to the Edison Pageant of Light is open to all. As an organization dedicated to celebrating the inspiring legacy of the great inventor and seasonal resident of Fort Myers, we invite any and all to join and enjoy one of the great Southwest Florida traditions.

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