In Miami, we celebrate the Fourth of July (July 4) with fireworks, and the spectaculars in the sky get grander every year. Here’s a list of free fireworks shows and events (unless otherwise stated) for America’s birthday and independence:
America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami (305-358-7550). Festivities are from 9 am to midnight. Free yoga sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida at the Tina Hills Pavilion 9-10:15 am. Budweiser Beer Garden for the 21 and over set (beer for purchase) goes from noon to midnight, kids’ zone from 3-7 p.m. and grand finale for the day, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Coca-Cola Presents Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival, North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., 9 am to 9 pm. Food trucks, free entertainment & live music, fireworks and more. 9 am Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach; 11 am Food Trucks; noon DJ; 5 pm Family Stone; 7:30 pm Grand Funk Railroad; 9 pm Fireworks. Free shuttles.
Coral Gables Fireworks Display, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables (855-666-1727). Celebration begins at 5 p.m. and features music by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, concessions with food for sale and patriotic mascots to entertain the kids. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Free parking at various locations around Coral Gables with shuttle service to and from the Biltmore.
Hialeah celebrates Independence Day at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Milander Park, 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah. 6-10 pm. Free annual Independence Day celebration presented by Leon Medical Centers. Live musical entertainment by Los 3 de la Habana and DJ Nancy Starr. A Kid Zone where children can enjoy games and activities. Food and beverages for purchase. Parking and admission are free. Fireworks show, music and dancing. Bring blankets.
Doral “America Through The Decades” Independence Day Celebration, Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral (305-593-6600). 6 to 9:30 p.m. and features pony rides, inflatable slides, live musical entertainment from The Clique Lucy Grau and Orquesta America, food for sale and fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. No pets, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks permitted. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.
4th of July Celebration in Coconut Grove at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. The park opens at 6 pm. Enjoy music, family fun and fireworks display at 9 pm. Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. For more information, visit www.CoconutGrove.com
The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. (305-442-6866) Celebrate Independence Day the good old-fashioned way with hot food, live music, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Old-fashioned Picnic Participation Requirements. Well-behaved pets on hand-held leashes no longer than six feet are welcome. $5 ages 12 and up; $3 ages 6-11; under 6 free.
CocoWalk celebrates Independence Day the old-fashioned way, 3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove. 3-7 pm. Families can enjoy an afternoon of patriotic activities featuring: interactive games, live entertainment, concessions, an appearance by Lady Liberty and much more. Kick off with live entertainment at noon and continue with host DJ Daz at 3 pm. Guests can sign-up to participate in the 8th Annual Hot Dog Eating Competition sponsored by Cinepolis theaters. The Hot Dog eating Champion and the runner-up will have the opportunity to win $300 in prizes. Sign-up to be a today by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finish the night at 9 pm with Miami Florida’s most remarkable firework show at Peacock Park.
Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade, Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid, Key Biscayne (305-361-0351). The parade begins at 11 a.m. and features floats, bands and other marching groups. Float makers compete for a $1,000 first prize and $500 second prize. Fireworks are at Village Green at Galen Drive and Crandon Boulevard at sunset.
North Miami Independence Day by the Bay celebrates Independence Day with friends and neighbors, FIU Biscayne Bay campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami. 7-10 pm. (305-895-9840) Fireworks at sundown. Admission and parking is free. Blankets and lawn chairs recommended. No coolers, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed.
Aventura 21st Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, 9 p.m. in Aventura, visible from any location along Country Club Drive.
Palmetto Bay’s 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration at Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 East Hibiscus St., 5 pm to 10 pm. Patriotic spirit and pride in a day filled with fun for the entire family. This event is FREE to the public and features live music, fireworks, a kids fun zone, street entertainment, craft vendors, a zumba demonstration, face painting, balloon artists, and food and beverage vendors. 22-minute fireworks show, launched from Palmetto Bay Park, at 9:30 pm. The “Voice of the Miami Heat” Michael Baiamonte will emcee. The line-up of entertainment includes Cutler Stew, and an LED Robot Performance.
The Palms at Town & Country All-American Celebration, 8268 Mills Dr., West Kendall. (305-274-7982) Gift giveaways, prizes from retailers and restaurants, balloon artist 5:30 to 8 pm, live band 6:30 to 8:30 pm, fireworks over the lake starting at 9:15 pm. See the patriotic sand sculpture located by Haagen Dazs. Free.
Fourth at the Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Kendall (305-255-4570). Full day of family fun from noon to 8 p.m. with face painting, balloon artist, snow cones, airbrush tattoos, juggling stilt walker Uncle Sam and music.
4th of July Spectacular at Black Point & Marina, 24775 SW 87 Ave., Miami (305-258-4092). Spend the day enjoying the parks’ bike and nature trails or fish from the shore. Grab a bite at the on-site restaurant, then spread a blanket and enjoy the waterfront fireworks display at 9 pm.
Race to the 4th Homestead hosts annual Independence Day Bash, Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd., Homestead (305-255-4570). Event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Live music, carnival rides and games for kids, food for sale from food trucks and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.