In Miami, we celebrate the Fourth of July (July 4) with music, food and fireworks, and the spectaculars in the sky get grander every year. Here’s a list of 2018 free Miami 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 all day from 9 am to midnight. Kids’ zone from 3-7 pm and grand finale for the day, the fireworks, begin at 9 pm. No bottles, cans, coolers or personal fireworks allowed.
Fourth of July Fireworks presented by the Ocean Drive Association and the City of Miami Beach Enjoy the fireworks display from sidewalk cafes or rooftop venues between 5 and 15 Streets on Ocean Drive.
Coca-Cola Presents Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival, North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., 9 am to 10 pm. Food trucks, free entertainment & live music, fireworks and more. 9 a.m. Yoga; 1 p.m. food trucks; Kids Zone noon to 4 p.m.; 4 p.m. Suenalo; 5:30 p.m. Junkanoo Parade; 6:15 p.m. Irma Thomas & The Professionals; 7:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band; 9 p.m. Fireworks.
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 at 7 pm, concessions with food for sale and patriotic mascots to entertain the kids. Fireworks display begins at 9 pm. Free parking at various locations around Coral Gables with shuttle service to and from the Biltmore. Fireworks (including sparklers), smoking, grills, pets, tents, glass containers and weapons are not permitted.
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 concert. 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 Independence Day Celebration, Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral (305-593-6611). 5 to 10 pm and features inflatable slides, live musical entertainment, food for sale and fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. No pets, alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, large coolers or tents permitted. You may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets.
Fourth of July Picnic & Fireworks in Coconut Grove at Regatta Park, 2699 SW 27 Ave., Miami. 6 to 9 pm. Sponsored in part by CocoWalk in partnership with the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. Enjoy music by Spam All-Stars, family fun and fireworks display at 9 pm. Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs encouraged. Freebee Shuttle Service available to neighboring parking lots and garages before and after the event.
Freedom Festival at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami. (305-222-4600) Free. Runs from 10 am to 10 pm. Celebration includes carnival rides, water slides, exhilarating airboat rides, and alligator wrestling shows. Vendors will be onsite with delicious food and beverage options as well as specially-selected Native American arts and crafts displaying the unique talents of the Miccosukee Tribe. Concert at 4:30 p.m. by various musical acts.
The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Miami. (305-442-6866) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. On-street and off-street paid parking available.
Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade, Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid, Key Biscayne (305-361-0351). 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and features floats, bands and other marching groups down Crandon Boulevard. Picnic at Village Green and fireworks at the beach beginning at sunset; you can watch from the Village Green.
North Miami Independence Day by the Bay at Florida International University’s (FIU) Biscayne Bay campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami. 6-10 p.m. (305-895-9840) Enjoy music and entertainment. Fireworks at sundown. Admission and parking is free. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray. No coolers, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed.
Aventura Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at 9 pm. Patriotic aerial display is visible from any location along Country Club Drive. (305-466-8930).
Palmetto Bay’s Annual Independence Day Celebration at Palmetto Bay Village Hall, 9705 East Hibiscus St., 6 to 9 pm. Free. Patriotic spirit and pride in a day filled with fun for the entire family. Live music, food vendors, kids fun zone, street entertainment, craft vendors and more. A 15-minute fireworks show, launched from Palmetto Bay Park, at 8:45 pm. The “Voice of the Miami Heat” Michael Baiamonte will emcee. The line-up of entertainment includes Ricky Valido and Van Gogh Listens. Bring blankets and beach chairs. No bbq grills allowed.
Whispering Pines Fourth of July Celebration 8800 Ridgeland Dr., Cutler Bay, 8:15-11 a.m. Free admission. Parade, live music, snow cones, face painting, bounce house, super slide and a fly over (weather permitting).
4th of July Spectacular at Black Point & Marina, 24775 SW 87 Ave., Miami (305-258-4092). Free admission. 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 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd., Homestead (305-255-4570). Event is from 6 to 10 pm. Live music, carnival rides and games for kids, food for sale from food trucks and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
City of Miami Springs Independence Day July 3 from 6-10 p.m. the Classic Car Show on the Circle and a Baby Contest at the Aquatic Center multi-purpose room with registration at 6:30 p.m. Fourth of July events start with a 10 am parade at Westward Drive and Esplanade, moves toward Circle-Right, then right on Curtiss Parkway and ends at Golf Course. It all ends with fireworks on the golf course at sundown. (305-805-5000).
Food Deals for Fourth of July:
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company 8000 NW 25 St., Doral, is firing up the grill and offering hot dogs for $2.50 each, and they’ll go great with their 25% off of growlers, six packs or special release bottles.
ROK: BRGR several locations in Miami-Dade is offering their American Classic burger with all the fixings for $10 all day (normally $15-$18).
Cantina La 20 495 Brickell Ave., Miami is featuring a Fourth of July Ladies Night with margaritas for the ladies from 5-10 p.m. Flavors include coconut, passion fruit, tamarind and gold. Offer is both upstairs and downstairs bars.
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