Jul 042012

You have plenty of choices for affordable ways to observe the nation’s birthday on Wednesday, July 4. Consider the following:

Key Biscayne offers a day of fun with a parade starting at 11 a.m., a picnic and fireworks at sunset. Head to Crandon Boulevard.

At the Barnacle Historic State Park, there will be a picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for those 11 and older, $3 for kids 6 to 11 and free for those 5 and younger. The Barnacle is at 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove.

Peacock Park hosts a festival with music, kids’ activities, food and fireworks, from 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. The park is at 2820 MacFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove.

The celebration at Bayfront Park includes a free kids’ zone open from 3 to 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. There will also be food and music. No charge for admission to the park at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.

The county’s fireworks display will be held in South Dade at Black Point Park and Marina; showtime is 9 p.m. The address is 24775 SW 87 Ave.

In Coral Gables, the fireworks display happens at the Biltmore Hotel. There will also be a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, concessions, and more. Grounds open at 5 p.m., the concert is at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Head to 1200 Anastasia Ave.

On Miami Beach, there will be free live blues and jazz performances starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks happen after, 9 p.m. at Ocean Drive and Eighth Street.


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