15 free Miami fireworks shows, events July 4

fireworksIn Miami, we celebrate July 4 with fireworks, and the spectaculars in the sky get grander every year. Here’s a list of Miami free fireworks shows and events for the Fourth of July:

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami (305-358-7550). Festivities are from noon to midnight. Samuel Adams 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.

4th of July Celebration in Coconut Grove, Kick off the day at The Barnacle, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove (305-461-5506) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 5-9 p.m.  picnic with food for purchase and fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m.

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival, North Shore Park Bandshell, Collins Avenue and 73rd Street, Miami Beach (305-673-7575). Plan to spend the day at this party because from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. they’ve got Green Monkey Yoga on the beach, food for purchase from local food trucks, musical entertainment from a live local DJ, the Red Monkey Band and Dave Mason Traffic Jam, all culminating in the fireworks display. Ride the free shuttle running every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with park-and-ride locations at the North Shore Bandshell and 42nd Street/Sheridan Avenue. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

North Miami Independence Day Celebration by the Bay, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami (305-895-9840). Gates open at 7 p.m. and the event features live music and other entertainment, plus food for purchase and fireworks display at 9 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended. No coolers, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed.

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 fireworks display at 9 p.m.

City of Coral Gables Fireworks Display, 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.

Independence Day Celebration in Downtown Palmetto Bay, Palmetto Bay Municipal Center, 9705 E. Hibiscus St., Palmetto Bay (305-259-1234). From 5-9:30 p.m. with fun zone for kids, hot dog eating contest, beer garden (beers for purchase), Zumba demo, music by Jade Sanders and the Colbert Band, food for sale and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. to end the night. Lawn chairs are encouraged.

Fourth of July Festivities at CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove (305-444-0777). Festivities are from 3 to 7 p.m. with live music, free face painting, a balloon twister, bounce house and concession stand items for sale, dog adoption opportunities courtesy of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a hot-dog eating contest at 6 p.m. and fireworks at Peacock Park at 9 p.m.

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 Boulvard at sunset.

Race to the 4th, Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd., Homestead (305-255-4570). Event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Carnival rides and games for kids, food for sale from food trucks and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

City of Doral Independence Day Celebration, JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral (305-593-6600). Event is from 5 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.

City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration, Ted Hendricks Stadium, 4700 Palm Ave., Hialeah (305-883-5800). Event is from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes a kids play zone, live entertainment by Albita and DJ Nancy Starr, games, food for purchase and a fireworks display.

20th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, 9 p.m. in Aventura, visible from any location along Country Club Drive.

5th Annual All-American Celebration, The Palms at Town & Country, 8268 Mills Dr., Miami (305-274-7982). Enter to win raffle prizes from stores and restaurants starting at 5:30 p.m. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a patriotic 19-piece orchestra will perform. There will be a patriotic family and pet costume contest at 7:30 p.m., and at 8:30 the raffle winners are announced. The fireworks display by the lake is at 9:15 p.m. Lawn chairs are encouraged and open containers are prohibited.

Fourth at the Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami (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 live music by Remyz Band.

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