Do you like to go all out on the 4th of July; enjoying every barbecue, festival, parade, and firework display you can find? Or do you like to keep things low-key and just find somewhere quiet to enjoy a nearby firework show? Either way, we’ve got you covered!
Whether you want to check out celebrations and food truck festivals around town or just get tips on where to watch fireworks from (we hear the Biltmore Hotel is a top choice!), our list of 4th of July Celebrations in Miami for 2016 is at the ready!
America’s Birthday Bash
Bayfront Park, Miami
One of the most known parks in Miami, Bayfront Park, is a popular destination for tourists, especially from the cruise lines. Located on the bay next to PortMiami and the AmericanAirlines Arena, it is a location of a series of free events and classes all year round. Celebrating Independence Day at the park means free admission including a free kids’ zone from 3 p,m. to 7 p.m. and the largest fireworks spectacle at 9 p.m. Just note that no cans, coolers or personal fireworks are allowed, although with such an array of restaurants and bars, libations will not be an issue.
Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival North Shore Park Bandshell, Collins Ave and 73 Street
An all-day festival, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., features live entertainment, food trucks, yoga, DJs, fireworks and more.Two park and ride locations where drop-off/pick-up will be taking place (North Shore Bandshell Park and 42 Street/Sheridan Ave). Free shuttles may be flagged down at any MDT stop along this route. Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Crandon Blvd, from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive
This event features jets overhead, marching bands, marching golf carts, red white and blue floats and tons of entertainment. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Kiwanis Picnic on the Village Green following the parade. Fireworks: 9:00 pm, watch from the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
4th of July at The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
Join in the festivities while celebrating the 4th of July at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Grounds open at 5 p.m. while a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Coconut Grove 4th of July Celebrations
The Barnacle Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic
3485 Main Highway
Bring a picnic or purchase burgers and hot dogs from The Barnacle Society, live music, lawn, table and board games, kids’ crafts, a scavenger hunt, make and fly a kite and more! Music by the J Street Revival. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
CocoWalk’s Annual Independence Day
3015 Grand Ave
Live music and fun activities for the entire family, face painting, appearance by Lady Liberty, and of course, the annual hot dog eating competition. Bring picnic, lawn chairs and blankets, coolers, no alcohol. From 3:00pm – 7:00 pm, hot dog eating contest at 6:00 pm
Picnic and Fireworks at Peacock Park
2820 McFarlane Road
Bring picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fantastic fireworks show. 6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.
City of Homestead Celebrations “Race to the 4th” at Miami Speedway
A family event and a community tradition featuring live music, rides and rock walls for children, food trucks and drink vendors, games and of course fireworks! From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. The event is free but $20 VIP tickets are available. Call 305-224-4570
Black Point Park Marina 4th Of July Spectacular
Black Point Marina, 24775 SW 87th Avenue, Miami
All-day family fun! Enjoy the great outdoors while exploring the park’s bikeways, scenic jogging trails, or 1.5 mile long jetty into the Bay. Grab a delicious bite to eat and raise a glass to Old Glory at Black Point Ocean Grill, the dockside restaurant and bar; or bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a family picnic. End the day with the spectacular fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.
City of South Miami July 4th Celebration
South Miami’s celebration, which kicks off at 5 p.m., features live bands, food vendors and a fun zone for the kids. The event will be capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Head out to Bal Harbour for a 9 p.m. fireworks display at the jetty on the beach, located on the north end of Bal Harbour Beach at 101st Street, overlooking Haulover Inlet.