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 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 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.
Coca-Cola Presents Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival, North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., 11 am to 9 pm. Food trucks, free entertainment & live music, fireworks and more. 11 am Food Trucks; 4 pm Spam Allstars; 6 pm Inner Circle; 7:30 pm The Wailers; 9 pm 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. 5-9:30 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.
City of Hialeah Independence Day Pool Party at Milander Aquatic Center, 4820 Palm Ave., Hialeah. 11 am-3 pm. Live music and food. Free. RSVP here.
Doral Independence Day Celebration, Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87 Ave., Doral (305-593-6600). 5 to 10 pm and features pony rides, 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 Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami. 6 to 9 pm. Presented by CocoWalk in partnership with the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. Enjoy music, family fun and fireworks display at 9 pm. Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs encouraged.
Freedom Festival at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami. (305-222-4600) Free. Runs from 10 am to 4 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.
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. On-street and off-street paid parking available.
Hot dog eating contest at CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove. 6 pm. Sign-up to participate in the 9th 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 and $150, respectively, in prizes. Sign-up to be a today by sending an email to email@example.com. Finish the night at 9 pm with a fireworks show at Peacock Park.
Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade, Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid, Key Biscayne (305-361-0351). 11 am-9:30 pm. The parade begins at 11 am 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. 7-10 pm. (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 22nd 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 4th 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 Cutler Stew, Van Gogh Listens, and an LED Robot Performance. Bring blankets and beach chairs. No bbq grills allowed.
4th of July at AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. (786-777-1000). 6 to 10 pm. Enjoy music from DJ R. Silva, a Martini & Rossi photo booth, an appearance from Miami Heat mascot Burnie, classic games, and an All-American food and beverage menu as various fireworks light up the evening sky.
The Palms at Town & Country All-American Celebration, 8268 Mills Dr., West Kendall. (305-274-7982) 4:30 to 9:30 pm. Kids activities and arts/crafts, live band, food trucks, fireworks show at 9 pm. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.
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.
Stars, Stripes and Suénalo at The Filling Station Lofts, 1657 N. Miami Ave. (305-625-0949). Listen to Miami’s local band Suénalo perform live from 7-9 pm.
City of South Miami Fourth of July Celebration at Palmer Park, 6100 SW 67 Ave. (305-668-3873). 5-9 pm. Free. Food, giveaways, children’s activities, live entertainment and fireworks.
City of Miami Springs Independence Day 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. Then there’s a barbecue and baby contest at the golf club and it all ends with fireworks on the golf course at sundown. (305-805-5000).
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