As if South Florida hasn’t been hot enough lately, the 2019 Firecracker Competition will scorch Key West at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at Aqua, 711 Duval St. Presented by the Key West Mile Markers, last year’s winner, Shirley (aka Elle Taylor), will host and produce the show, with assistance from Destiny Montgomery, Blue Diamond and Jessica Deveraux. Diversity and a greater under-standing of gender neutrality have broadened the scope of Firecracker in recent years. Both men and women are encouraged to enter, underscoring the embrace of anyone courageous enough to take the stage. This year, money generated will equally assist the seven Florida organizations that benefit from The SMART Ride 16 — Pridelines, Broward House, Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Miracle of Love, Inc., Compass Community Center and AH of Monroe County, Inc. — and the Key West Mile Markers team, who make the same165-mile fundraising journey that teams make from Miami to Key West mid-November. Reservations for Firecracker 2019 are not necessary. A $10 suggested donation at the door provides access to the sizzle.