Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebrations on Miami Beach

By Shayne Benowitz | Jun 16, 2017
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Spend a magical Fourth of July on Miami Beach.

Everything you need to know about Fourth of July festivities on Miami Beach

The Fourth of July is a magical holiday to celebrate on Miami Beach. What better way to spend the patriotic holiday than with a day at the beach capped off with fireworks sparkling overhead and reflecting onto the endless Atlantic Ocean? Mix in food trucks and a free live performance by legendary reggae group The Wailers, and you’re truly in paradise. That’s exactly what the City of Miami Beach has planned for Independence Day 2017.

The festivities start at noon on Tuesday July 4th in North Beach and will go all day until the big fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the Ocean Terrace directly behind the North Beach Bandshell on 73rd Street. This is a relaxed, family-friendly stretch of the beach with a grassy landscaped park shaded by palm trees offering ample space to picnic and relax. Once you reach the beach, there’s a lifeguard station positioned directly on the sand, so you can enjoy a safe, fun-filled day in the water.

Don’t worry about packing a lunch for the beach. Miami’s most popular food trucks will be lined up along the block, dishing up everything from grilled cheese to hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, ice cream and a wide variety of refreshments. They’ll also have a Kid Zone set up with patriotic arts and crafts, games, activities and contests for the whole family to enjoy.

The festivities will really heat up when the free concert starts featuring Miami’s own Spam All Stars, who fuse funk, reggae, blues and pop into a one-of-a-kind sound. Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle will also perform their hits like “Sweat” and “Bad Boys Reply.” This all leads up to the headliner performance by The Wailers. The legendary reggae group is composed of members of Bob Marley’s original band, featuring musicians Aston “Familyman” Barrett on bass, Tyrone Downie on keyboards, Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey on lead guitar, Earl “Wya” Lindo on keyboards and Joseph Barrett as lead singer. They’ll jam out to all of your favorite Bob Marley classics like “Three Little Birds,” “One Love,” “Stir It Up,” “Buffalo Soldier,” and more as the sun slowly sets into the western horizon.

Once it’s pitch dark, it’s time to gather on your beach blanket for the fireworks extravaganza. Scheduled for 9 p.m., the sky will light up with a spectacular fireworks display to cap off an amazing Fourth of July celebration on Miami Beach.

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