The Top Ten Fourth of July Celebrations in Miami

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We arguably live in one of the best cities in America, and that should be enough to be grateful for this Independence Day. But while we're all gorging on hot dogs, potato salad, and pastelitos, let's not forget all the other things for which we should be thanking the stars and stripes. There is, of course, freedom and liberty and the fact the we don't use pounds as our currency. There's also good ol' reliable fast food, the invention of the mighty iPhone, and LeBron finally having a ring. You know, super American stuff.

It's America's 236th birthday, and that calls for a proper celebration. If there's one thing this city has a knack for, it's celebrating. (Consider the pots and pans bangers from 49th to Bird Road to Eighth Street just last Thursday for the Heat's triumphant win.)

Regardless of how rambunctious you are, here are the top 10 places in Miami to live out your very own version of Katy Perry's "Firework."

10. Race to The 4th at Miami Speedway
To some, Homestead may seem like a world away with its acres of farmland and a drive worthy of multiple pee stops. But for all you Homestead dwellers, ;Miami Speedway is hosting a festival featuring entertainment, food, and music, ending with a fireworks show.
Who'll Be There: Folks who wish they lived in Miami, but in fact live in Homestead.
Price: Free
5 - 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m., 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, 305-224-4570,

9. Miami Children's Museum 4th of July Celebration
Watermelon, water games, and a signing of the Declaration of Independence with John Adams? It's enough to make us want to join in on this one in lieu of something more adult-friendly.
Who'll Be There: Kids, toddlers, babies, and moms who do 'mommy and me' yoga.
Price: Adults, $16; Florida Residents, $12; children under 12 months of age, free; MCM Members, free
11a.m. - 3p.m.,980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, 305-373-5437,

Celebration at Milander Park
8. City of Hialeah's Independence Day Celebration at Milander Park
It's no secret the whole town of Hialeah knows how to make merry. Gather 'round at Milander Park with the brood. There will be a kids zone, live entertainment by Carlos Oliva, and a fireworks show. They've also one-upped everyone else with a laser light show. Take that.
Who'll Be There: Casuela bangers and their abuelas who want their cookware back.
Price: Free
6 - 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m., 4700 Palm Ave., Hialeah, 305-557-6770,

The Biltmore Hotel
7. Fireworks Spectacular at The Biltmore Hotel
Of course Coral Gables is offering the fanciest way to celebrate the fourth of July. The Biltmore is hosting a fireworks spectacular on its golf course. There will be activities throughout the day, concessions, and patriotic mascots, capped off with a fireworks show and a live performance by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band.
Who'll Be There: Fancy Ponce (haha, get it?)
Price: VIP tables with front-row event seating for the Fireworks Spectacular including Stars and Stripes BBQ and Open Bar available for only $1,926; All-American Cookout party with Open Bar including beer, wine and Bacardi cocktails starting at just $95; VIP cabanas available from a mere $395
4 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.,1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 800-456-1926,

6. Old Fashioned July Fourth at the Barnacle
If you're thinking of hipster ladies and gents sporting their Gatsby-esque best on Governors Island, sorry, but wrong state. The Barnacle State Historic Site is offering a less pompous old-fashioned soiree on the fourth. There will be a scavenger hunt, kite making, and knot demonstrations, among other period-inspired activities. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase typical American fare on site. Alas, you should make other plans for the evening; there are no fireworks at this celebration.
Who'll Be There: Folks who simply enjoy old-timey stuff.
Price: $5 adults, $3 kids 6-12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 305-442-6866,

Location Info


Homestead-Miami Speedway

1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, FL

Category: General

Miami Children's Museum

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL

Category: General

Milander Auditorium

4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah, FL

Category: General

Biltmore Hotel & Resort

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

The Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

Island Queen Cruises

401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

Peacock Park

2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

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