Where To Watch Fourth Of July Fireworks In Miami


Fireworks over the Downtown Miami skyline

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By: Kara Franker


Celebrate America’s birthday with a variety of parades, barbecues and firework displays. Here are some of the best Fourth of July celebrations happening in Miami.

Downtown Miami

Every year, Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace teams up to host “America’s Birthday Bash,” one of the largest firework displays in South Florida. Bayfront Park will have a free all-day event from 10 a.m. until midnight, featuring a kid's play zone, food and beverages, giveaways, a beer garden and live music. A spectacular fireworks show over Biscayne Bay will start at 9 p.m. Get to the park early and grab a seat on the waterfront or stakeout a spot at one of the rooftops in Downtown. The best way to enjoy the festivities and avoid traffic is to ride the Metrorail or Metromover. However, for those who prefer to drive, limited paid parking is available at Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace.

Miami Beach

Every year, the City of Miami Beach hosts an annual “Fire on the Fourth Festival” from
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the North Shore Park Bandshell at 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. Expect food trucks serving tasty eats, yoga, fireworks and plenty of live music. If you plan to watch fireworks from the beach, get there early and bring a blanket or chair to claim your spot. There will be park-and-ride locations with free shuttles at North Shore Bandshell Park and 41st Street/Royal Palm Avenue until 10 p.m., and free trolleys taking riders around the North Beach Loop, Collins Link, Middle Beach Loop and South Beach Loop until midnight. Or head to infamous Ocean Drive and pull up a seat at one of the sidewalk cafes or rooftop bars. The big fireworks show over the Atlantic Ocean kicks off at 9 p.m. and will take place between 5th and 15th Streets. Expect plenty of traffic, so if you’re coming from the mainland, opt for Uber or Lyft. If you’re on the beach already, you can hop on a Swoop or Freebee cart for free.

Coconut Grove

This Independence Day, head to The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove for an old-fashioned family picnic! Happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring a homemade picnic basket or buy burgers and hot dogs from The Barnacle Society, and spend the afternoon listening to live music, doing crafts or scavenger hunts with your kids, flying kites, or playing lawn, table and board games. When evening approaches, head over to the waterfront Regatta Park for the fireworks. Bring your own picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets as early as 6 p.m. and get ready for the big show in the sky at 9 p.m. There is limited street parking, so consider taking an Uber or Lyft. Public parking lots and garages are available along Bayshore Drive, in CocoWalk or on Oak Avenue.

Key Biscayne

The Fourth of July is one of the most popular events every year on Key Biscayne. Get to the island early for a parade full of fun and fanfare including marching bands, decorated golf carts, live music and a jet flyover. The Key Biscayne Parade starts at
11 a.m., and runs along Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive. Perfect for the whole family, there’s a Kiwanis Picnic on the Village Green after the parade. And then later that night, check out a great fireworks display launched from a barge just off the coast of the beach. For visitors, your best option for parking is the public Crandon Beach Park, but make sure you get there early.

Coral Gables

Every year, the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables hosts a blowout celebration for America’s birthday. At this free outdoor event, enjoy lots of food and drinks, a live concert and, of course, plenty of fireworks. The grounds will open at 5 p.m., with a
7 p.m. concert and a 9 p.m. fireworks show. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, and get there early. This event gets crowded, so you want to make sure you have plenty of time to claim your spot on the golf course. For this event only, the City of Coral Gables will offer free bike valet and free parking at specific locations, with free shuttle service to and from the Biltmore Hotel. The complimentary parking areas are: the Ponce de Leon Garage and BankUnited Center surface lot at the University of Miami, the Coral Gables Youth Center, and Garage 4 at 345 Andalusia Avenue.

Homestead & South Miami Dade

Each year, the City of Homestead hosts an exciting event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, with live music, food trucks, drinks, games, rides and rock walls for the kids and, the main event: a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. Claim a spot in the grandstand seating area. Admission to this event is free, and a limited number of VIP “4th of July Champions Club” tickets are available. These tickets include food and drinks, VIP parking at the stadium and access to preferred viewing areas during the fireworks show. Free parking is available at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Or head out to Palmetto Bay Park.

The Everglades

Every year, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming hosts a Freedom Festival featuring live music, carnival rides and games, airboat rides, water slides, bounce houses, alligator wrestling shows, food, fireworks and more. The highlight of the festivities is always the spectacular fireworks display that illuminates the quiet Everglades sky at 9 p.m.

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