The Top Ten Fourth of July Celebrations in Miami
Watching fireworks on land is so cliché. Go aboard Island Queen Cruises and watch Downtown Miami fireworks show from the sea. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance, though--this two-hour patriotic party by sea sells like hot cakes.
Who'll Be There: Good swimmers. Can you just imagine what would happen if an explosive landed on the boat?
Price: Adults $55, Children $25
8 - 10 p.m., 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-379-5119, islandcruises.com
4. Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade
In its 53rd year, the Key Biscayne Fourth of July Parade must be doing something right. The patriotic parade makes way down Crandon Boulevard and will feature a variety of high school marching bands, junkanoos, Mocko Jumbo stilt walkers, bagpipers, and a custom Lil John Fire Rescue Truck. Get your barbeque grub on at Key Biscayne Beach Club (685 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne) starting at 6:30 p.m.
Who'll Be There: Baby boomers, families, and we're guessing a lot of parade volunteers
Price: Parade and fireworks show free. Barbecue is $20 for adults and $10 for children
Parade starts at 11 a.m., barbecue at 6:30 - 11p.m., fireworks start at sunset, 400 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-365-5511, kb4.org
The Grove's event at Peacock Park will be sponsored by Samuel Adams beer and that can only mean one thing; beer! There will be plenty of food truck grub and live music on hand to get you in top patriotic spirit. Churro Mania, The Fish Box, Gastropod, Latin Burger & Taco, and Sakaya Kitchen are among the food trucks making an appearance.
Who'll Be there: Devoted food truck followers
5 - 10 p.m., 2820 McFarland Rd., Miami, 305-444-7270, coconutgrovechamber.com
2. Miami Beach's Fire on the Fourth
Come early and bring a beach chair or blanket. A fourth of July with sand between your toes sounds top-knotch, especially with blues and jazz tunes in the air. Miami Beach is offering free blues and jazz concerts. Big Poppa E and the E Band perform at 6:30 p.m. and South Florida Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Chuck Bergeron, featuring special guest vocalist Nicole Henry perform at 7:45 p.m.
Who'll Be There: Sunburned tourists and those willing to brave the inevitable gridlock traffic. Don't say we didn't warn you.
12p.m.-10p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m., Eighth Street Beach and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-7400, miamiandbeaches.com
Miami's skyline exploding in pyrotechnics should be enough to make even a macho man cry red, white, and blue. Celebrate America's birthday at Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park with free food, drinks, and children's activities.
Who'll Be There: We're going to go ahead and assume that most of Miami's population will&
3 - 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m., 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550, bayfrontparkmiami.com
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