Whether you’re a tourist or a Miami native, in honor of America’s 238th birthday, here’s a list of the top 5 hot, popping, sizzling, jamming places you’ll want to be at to celebrate the 4th of July.
- Bayfront Park’s America’s Birthday Bash
Presented by the Bayfront Park Management Trust, this annual celebration located right in the heart of Downtown Miami provides everything you need to pop it, lock it and celebrate this independence day. Besides being the biggest fireworks show in all of South Florida, this festival will include music, food and beverages galore. The best part about it? This festival is FREE. It’s also perfect for all ages:
Got kids? Take them to the Family Fun Zone starting at 3p.m. for countless fun free activities.
21 and older? Starting at 2p.m. go and treat yourself at the Budweiser Beer Garden and have a nice cold beer while listening to some sweet tunes.
Then at 9p.m. end the night with a #AmericasBirthdayBash as you watch the biggest fireworks show in all of South Florida.
Address: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
For more info check out: http://www.miami4thofjuly.com and http://www.bayfrontparkmiami.com/Events/July4th.html
- Miami Beach’s Fire on the Fourth Festival
Presented by COCA-COLA, get ready for a fun all-day free outdoor event this 4th of July at Miami Beach’s Fire on the Fourth Festival. Filled to the brim with fun, free, outdoor activities start your celebration early at 9a.m. with free yoga relaxation by GreenMonkey on the beach. Don’t even worry about food. Food trucks will be arriving at around 11:30a.m. to satisfy all your cravings.
Got kids? Bring them! They won’t want to miss the Kids Zone where they’ll be able to participate in activities like rock-climbing and bungee jumping.
To add to this fun outdoor experience, top selling legendary rock group Grand Funk Railroad a.k.a. The American Band will be the festival’s performing headliners along with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Martini and Greg Errico with their band Family Stone. Fireworks start at 9p.m.
Address: North Shore Bandshell Park on Collins Avenue and 73 Street
For more info check out: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/event/coca-cola-presents-fire-on-the-fourth-festival/13772
- Coral Gable’s Biltmore Hotel Fireworks Celebration
Want to spend a relaxing evening under the stars while you wait for the fireworks? Then head on over to the historic Biltmore Hotel to watch the beautiful fireworks display in the heart of Coral Gables on their lush 18-hole, par 71, championship designed golf course. Like the America’s Birthday Bash and the Fire on the Fourth festivals the Biltmore’s Fireworks Celebration is absolutely free!
The most Americanized-style of the events, this celebration is perfect for those who love a good picnic. Make sure to bring a nice big picnic blanket or some beach chairs to get comfortable as you wait for the fireworks to start at 9p.m. This is the perfect event if you want to make your own picnic but bringing your own food and drinks isn’t required as food trucks will be making their rounds throughout the celebration.
The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will also be providing a specially made free concert for the night, with CBS 4 evening newscast anchors Rick Folbaum and Irika Sargent acting as the Masters of Ceremony.
Address: Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue.
For more info check out: http://www.coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=21&recordid=7451
4. Key Biscayne’s 57th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Parade
Presented by the Fourth of July Parade Committee, this 4th of July celebration tradition is one of those long-awaited summer highlights at Key Biscayne. Make sure to get here early to get a good spot to watch all the red-white-and-blue floats, marching bands, jets and more! The parade starts at 11a.m. sharp. Afterwards, head on over to the Village Green to participate in the Kiwanis Picnic.
Spend the rest of your day walking through the small shops, take your boat out on the water or hit up the beach but make sure that by the time the sun sets you’re either at Village Green or somewhere by the Atlantic Ocean to get a perfect view of Key Biscayne’s spectacular fireworks show. Fireworks start at 9p.m.
Address: Crandon Boulevard, from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive.
For more info check out: http://www.kb4.org
5. Cocowalk’s Annual Independence Day
Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July the old-fashioned way with Cocowalk’s Annual Independence Day celebration, featuring a day full of entertainment, live music, specials and an appearance from Lady Liberty herself! Beginning at 3p.m., guests will be able to participate in countless patriotic celebratory activities that the entire family can enjoy.
For those of you who love shopping and getting good deals this is the place to be as participating stores will be having Patriotic sales, giving up to 33% off selected merchandise when you present to them the Coco-Cash certificate! And for those of you who love a good challenge and hot dogs, make sure to sign up for Cocowalk’s 8th Annual Hot Dog Eating Competition!
After you’ve had your fill of games, food and shopping then head on down to Peacock Park for Cocowalk’s firework extravaganza finale that starts at 9p.m.
Address: CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove & Peacock Park at 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove.
For more info check out: http://www.cocowalk.net
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