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Miami Fireworks Celebrations: July 4, 2013

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Style!

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Miami Fireworks Celebrations: July 4, 2013
The City of Miami plays host to a major fireworks celebration on the Fourth of July. America’s Birthday Bash, centered at Bayfront Park, features live music, food, fun and (of course!) a fireworks celebration of our nation’s independence at dusk.

The day’s events begin in the afternoon and run through the fireworks show, including:
  • Free admission to Bayfront Park, which will be open all day
  • Free Kids Zone activities from 3:00PM until 7:00PM
  • One of the best spots in the city to view the City of Miami fireworks celebration, which begins around 9PM
If you’re planning to attend just for the fireworks, be forewarned: prime viewing spots go quickly. Expect to stake out your turf well before dusk to get a prime waterfront viewing location.

Other Fourth of July Celebrations

If you don’t want to deal with the congestion of downtown Miami, there are a number of other events in the region. Highlights include:
  • City of Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration: This is a truly unique, touching demonstration of our independence. Beginning at 7:00 PM, music will bring the crowd to its feet. Fireworks will start at 9:00 PM. I can't think of a more patriotic or more purely Miami way to celebrate! Festivities will be on the beach at 8th Street and Ocean Drive. For more information, call the Miami Beach Tourism Center at (305) 673-7400.
  • Old Fashioned July Fourth at The Barnacle: Celebrate the Fourth the old-fashioned way at Miami's first house still standing on its original ground. Open from 11 AM - 4 PM, the Monroe House will be opened to visitors for tours. There will be children's activities, kite-making, and knot demonstrations, among other period-inspired activities. You're invited to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food on site, but you should make other dinner plans: there are no fireworks at this celebration, Barnacle State Historic Site is located in the heart of the Grove at 3485 Main Highway. Call the Historical Society at (305) 442-6866 for more information.
  • Peacock Park Fireworks in Coconut Grove: If you spend the day at the Barnacle, why not cap it off with fireworks at Peacock Park? The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a celebration that will feature food trucks, live music, a children's play area and an evening fireworks celebration starting at 9PM. For more details, call (305) 444-7270.
  • Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade: It's a good old-fashioned parade in Key Biscayne this Independence Day! This Key Biscayne tradition features floats, music and fireworks. The parade begins along Crandon Boulevard at 11AM. For more information, see the Key Biscayne Fourth of July website.
  • City of Homestead Concert and Fireworks: For those in southern Miami-Dade County, the Homestead Miami Speedway is also hosting an Independence Day festival and fireworks show. The festival runs from 6-10PM and will feature entertainment, food and music with a fireworks show. For more, call the City of Homestead Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 224-4570.
  • Fort Lauderdale Fourth of July Celebration: If you're looking to travel up north a bit, Fort Lauderdale is hosting the City of Fort Lauderdale Fourth of July Spectacular at A1A and Las Olas. The celebration begins at 1PM with family activities including a DJ and beach games. Music will continue throughout the evening with fireworks on the beach at 9PM. For more information, contact the City of Fort Lauderdale at (954) 828-5363.

Hosting Your Own Fireworks Show

If you’re planning your own backyard fireworks show, be sure to play it safe. Before you do anything, make sure that you understand Florida fireworks law. You also might want to read the fireworks safety advice from the About.com Guide to First Aid. Enjoy the Fourth and play it safe!
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