The big Fourth of July celebration is one of the highlights of summer in almost any town across America, and Miami is not exception. If you chose Miami to spend this long weekend or you are just staying home, here are a few tips on where to celebrate the nation’s birthday: from the biggest and brightest to the quiet and old-fashioned event, there is a lot to choose from.
Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade
Watch Crandon Boulevard come alive with a whimsical parade of floats, high school marching bands and street entertainers in the style of a traditional small-town celebration, and stay for the day-long schedule of events including a picnic and, of course, fireworks. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with the parade along Crandon Boulevard and conclude at sunset with the fireworks display. Admission is free.
Time: 11:00 am – to sunset. Location: Village Green, Key Biscayne
Old Fashioned July Fourth Picnic
Enjoy the Fourth at an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of this 19th-century pioneer home site. Hosted by The Barnacle Society, this event features lawn games, kite-making, knot-tying demonstrations, live music and more! Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the day’s celebration.
Fees: $5; $2 6 to 12 years old; free, under 6. Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Location: The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy. Coconut Grove. For more information visit The Barnacle Society
America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
This is definitely, one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida! It takes place at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park with a spectacular fireworks display, food, drinks and free children’s activities at Kids’ zone with inflatable slides, a “kiddie carousel,” hoops, face painting and more.
Time: The Park is Open All Day. Free Kids’ Zone: 3:00-7:00pm. Fireworks: 9:00pm. Location: Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
An American Celebration – July 4th on Miami Beach
This year’s Fourth of July patriotic celebration features a free concert with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and rising star, soprano Elizabeth Caballero, performance by the Miami Dolphin cheerleaders, and fireworks.
This year, the fireworks will be choreographed to music live on stage and simulcast on Classical South Florida 89.7 FM. Tune-in from any radio, iPhone or streaming internet on the beach, home, hotel or boat and witness a new way to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks.
Don’t worry about parking: free bus shuttle transportation will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Collins Avenue and 72 & 81 streets to Washington Avenue & 11 Street. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring beach chairs, and towels. No coolers or bottles will be permitted on the beach. For more information visit Miami Beach. Time: 7:30 pm. Location: 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Jungle Island’s 4th of July Fireworks Bash
This 4th of July, join Jungle Island’s salute to America’s Armed Forces with a fireworks and BBQ bash! Escape the heat and watch the City of Miami’s fireworks spectacular from the terrace of Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. You will also enjoy an all-you-can-eat mouthwatering BBQ buffet, family entertainment including music and dancing and last but not least, interactive visits from some of Jungle Island’s animal friends!
Adults: $22.95; Children (ages 3-10): $14.95 Military & Veterans: $5 (with proper ID) Price includes event admission and dinner. Online reservations required at jungleisland.com by 5pm on July 2nd.
Time: 6:30 pm. Location: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
City of Homestead Race To The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks Show
For those in southern Miami-Dade County, the Homestead Sports Complex is also hosting an Independence Day festival and fireworks show. The festival will feature a car show, rides, entertainment, food and music with fireworks. For more details, call the City of Homestead Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 224-4570
Time: 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Location: Homestead Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd. Homestead.
City of Doral Concert and Fireworks
This young city is celebrating its annual Independence Day Party at JC Bermudez Park. Includes a concert featuring Orchestra America and Boy’s Night Out, and the signature finale: a spectacular fireworks show. Bring your blankets or chairs and picnic baskets. No alcohol, personal fireworks or pets allowed.
Time: 7:00 pm. Location JC Bermudez Park. 3000 NW 87th Ave. Doral.
If you still want to celebrate but don’t want all the fuzz, check out your neighborhood, they sure have a small celebration, or plan a BBQ at home or in a local park. And if you just want to watch the fireworks, go to Mac Arthur Causeway where you can spot the shows from Bayfront Park, South Beach and North Miami Beach at the same time.