Fourth of July 2014 in Miami: The Ten Best Things to Do on Independence Day
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.
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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.
10. Check out fireworks from the sand on Miami Beach.
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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.
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