Fourth of July 2014 in Miami: The Ten Best Things to Do on Independence Day

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Another high-pressure holiday is almost upon us: the Fourth of July. As with Memorial Day, Labor Day, and St. Paddy's Day, you'd better have some seriously awesome plans, or your Instagram feed will feel sadly bereft of likes come Monday morning.

So if you're still scrambling for something amazing to do that'll impress your friends in far-flung, less-cool cities, have no fear. Here's our list of the top ten ways to spend Uncle Sam's big day.

See also: Fourth of July 2014 Weekend Events in Miami

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10. Check out fireworks from the sand on Miami Beach.
Nothing screams South Florida like toes in the sand, drink in hand, and rainbow-hued explosives bursting above. Miami Beach is the quintessential spot for the Fourth of July, and this year is no exception. Don a patriotic bikini or banana hammock and pop up a picnic for the one day a year when Miami feels like America.

The fireworks take place at the North Beach Bandshellat 73rd Street and Collins Avenue at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

9. Watch the hot-dog-eating contest in Coconut Grove.
Unrecognizable pig parts are as American as it gets, and every year enthusiastic eaters go mouth-to-mouth to put away as many frankfurters as humanly possible. Going on year six, the competition gives each contestant ten minutes to down dogs. Last year's winner ate 11. That's 1.1 hot dogs per minute. Impressive. And afterward, you can walk over to Peacock Park for the fireworks show.

The contest takes place at 5 p.m. in CocoWalk. The picnic and fireworks happen at Peacock Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Both are free.

Location Info


North Beach Bandshell

7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Peacock Park

2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

Homestead-Miami Speedway

1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, FL

Category: General

Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL

Category: General


2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Miami Lakes Picnic Park West

15151 Montrose Road, Hialeah, FL

Category: General

Port of Miami

1015 N. America Way, Miami, FL

Category: General

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Ben Bowen
Ben Bowen

Jessika Kearstin I dont have time to read but maybe we can find something on this list.

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Think of how it all started: America was founded by slave owners who informed us, "All men are created equal." All "men," except Indians, iggers, and women. Remember, the founders were a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding slave owners who also, by the way, suggested their class be the only one allowed to vote. To my mind, that is what's known as being stunningly--and embarrassingly--full of Shit.“ Rich men didn't think themselves anywhere near the equals of poor men. The idea that rich men and poor men were treated as equals is a falsehood often advocated through historic revisionism. If it were otherwise, rich men would have bled on the battlefield along with poor men.”

Natasha Benitez
Natasha Benitez

Jaqui B. Nina Chiquita go through the list and pick!!

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