Fourth of July (a.k.a. Independence Day) is right around the corner, and there’s no shortage of cheap, family friendly, fire-cracking things to do in and around the Magic City.
Here are some of the events scheduled. All are free or wallet-friendly.
First up: Miami Beach’s Fire on the Fourth. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony will provide the soundtrack to Miami Beach’s July 4th Celebration this year. The youths will perform a variety of patriotic and American selections, and perform alongside with Elizabeth Caballero from Florida Grand Opera on Sunday, July 4.
The free event kicks off at 8pm at 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, but you’re encouraged to arrive early. Bring your beach chairs and towels.Free bus shuttle transportation will be available from 5 to 11 p.m. from Collins Avenue and 72nd-81st streets to Washington Avenue and 11th St. For more information, call 305.673.7400, visit www.miamibeachfl.gov or the Greater Miami Youth Symphony website and/or check out the event promo on Youtube.
In the city of Miami, check out America’s Birthday Bash Celebration at Bayfront Park. It’s free. The park is open all day, and the free Kids’ Zone runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fireworks shoot up starting at 9 p.m.
The park is located at 301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. You’re encouraged to use public transportation—Metrorail and/or MetroMover are probably best—since parking will be limited.
As we posted earlier, Coconut Grove is having an all-weekend cirque-themed festival called “Cirque Du Grove: A Busker’s Carnival.” There will be fireworks as well. Those happen during the Grove’s 4th annual 4th of July Celebration. The fun — by fun we mean hot dog eating contests, picnics, a wild boar roast off competition and a free concert — takes place all over the Grove between 11 a.m. and showtime on Sunday, July 4. Fireworks kick off sometime between sundown and 10 p.m. at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarland Road, Miami.
There are also events in Homestead, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Hialeah and a bunch of other cool places across South Florida. Check out these Fourth guides for the deets for other events.
Miami New Times
Miami.com Non-Firework festivities