Fun Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Miami

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By: Matthew Meltzer

Regardless of who you are or where you’re from, nothing brings people together in Greater Miami & Miami Beach – and the country – quite like the Fourth of July. Watching fireworks explode in the sky as patriotic music plays and crowds cheer is one of the great joys of summer, and we’ve got some spectacular ways to celebrate Independence Day in Miami. Begin the day with a good old-fashioned parade, then pick one of several parties around the destination before capping the night off with a brilliant display of pyrotechnics. Here are some of the best spots to celebrate the Fourth of July in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, events take place on July 4, 2022.

Miami Beach

Fire on the Fourth

Celebrate all day long at the Fire on the Fourth festival in and around the Miami Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. The party begins at noon with a Family Zone sponsored by T-Mobile, live entertainment on several stages, circus performers, a magician, food trucks and more. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Miami Beach Bandshell will transform into a giant roller skating rink, where a live DJ will get you cruising like you’re back in middle school. The highlight of the event will be the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Coconut Grove

Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) 4th of July Celebration at Peacock Park

Nothing accents a fireworks show quite like the sounds of a live symphony orchestra, and that’s exactly the experience you’ll have at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, as the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) performs at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coral Gables

Stars and Stripes BBQ and Fireworks at The Biltmore

The iconic Biltmore Hotel is once again hosting Coral Gables’ biggest July 4th bash, the Stars and Stripes BBQ and Fireworks Festival. The hotel’s golf course will open to the public at 5 p.m., where food trucks will feed guests before a 7 p.m. concert. The fireworks get underway at 9 p.m., and those looking for a front row seat can sign up for the Stars and Stripes BBQ, where an open bar, BBQ dinner and viewing terrace await.

Downtown Miami/Brickell

Star-Spangled Awesome: Independence Day Celebration at The Wharf Miami

The riverside madness that is The Wharf kicks it into another gear for Independence Day, giving a free Tito’s cocktail to anyone who RSVPs and arrives before 4 p.m. They’ll also be handing out free Wharf bucket hats, offering drink specials and throwing a special fireworks show to end the night.

July 4th Biscayne Bay Fireworks Cruise on the Poseidon Ferries

Watch fireworks over the bay aboard the Poseidon Ferries, which will depart from Downtown Miami on two separate cruises around Biscayne Bay. The 7 p.m. departure will include a live DJ, food, beer, wine and spirits for a full-on July 4th fiesta. Those who want to watch fireworks from the boat (but in a quieter, less party-like atmosphere) can opt for the 7:45 p.m. cruise.

Hialeah

Independence Day Celebration at Milander Park

Hialeah’s popular Independence Day Celebration draws 18,000 people to Milander Park every year. If you head there this year, you’ll understand why. The bash features music and plenty of local food trucks. The highlight is the 30-minute fireworks show, which incorporates lasers.

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade

The area’s first big celebration of the day will take place along Crandon Boulevard in Key Biscayne, where Miami’s oldest continually running Independence Day parade kicks off at 11 a.m. If you want a front row seat, start lining up a couple of hours early. The route runs from Harbor Drive to West Wood Drive.

Miami Lakes

Town of Miami Lakes 19th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Miami Lakes hosts a classic summer party at Veterans Park starting at 6:30 p.m., complete with a Fun Zone with cornhole, a giant Connect Four and a ring toss. There will be a live concert by Mojo and the Scoundrels, as well as fireworks after dark.

South Dade

Discounted Admission at the Deering Estate, July 2-4

The venerable South Dade Gilded Age paradise that is the Deering Estate welcomes guests all weekend long with deeply discounted admission. Head to the former home of industrialist Charles Deering and you can visit for only $5 Saturday through Monday.

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