Fourth of July in Miami: Where to Eat, Drink and Watch Fireworks UPDATED

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Independence Day means there's a lot of eating and drinking (BBQ and beer) in store this week.
Fourth of July means firing up the grill out back and hanging with family, unless you're more into the whole barbecue bash with interesting-people-in-fascinating-places thing, Short Order has put together a guide to restaurants and hotels that are serving up a plate of barbecue favorites -- and others that are simply serving up great views.

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Find food trucks and fireworks at the Biltmore, open to the public, or attend a VIP barbecue.
Key Biscayne/Coral Gables/Coconut Grove

The Rusty Pelican
On the waters of Key Biscayne, the Rusty Pelican is the ideal spot for waterfront dining and fireworks viewing from all angles. All day from noon to 11 p.m., the restaurant will have a BBQ buffet with all of the essentials: hot dogs, hamburger sliders, guava barbecue ribs, Caesar salad, potato salad, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and mac and cheese, with apple pie and Georgia peach cobbler for dessert. It's all-you-can-eat for $25 per person, and for an additional $25, you get to drink from the open bar. Fireworks are from 8 to 9 p.m.

The Biltmore Hotel
The City of Coral Gables Independence Day celebration will be held at the Biltmore Hotel starting at 5 p.m. It's free to the public and features music by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. You can enjoy the food trucks that will be gathered on the golf course, or for a sit-down option, reserve a table at the Center Terrace, where you can eat a Stars and Stripes BBQ dinner between 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. and drink from the open bar from 4 to 9:45 p.m. This VIP option is $120 per member adult and $40 per member child, or $150/$45 for resort guests.

Barnacle Historic State Park
An old-fashion picnic in the park is a family-friendly Fourth of July activity. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy board games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and kite flying. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Purchase hot dogs and burgers from The Barnacle Society, or pack your own picnic. The cafe at the Bookstore in the Grove is offering a special picnic bag at $10 with an empanada of your choice, watermelon, crispy critters, and a water bottle or soda.

The 5th Annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition in the CocoWalk Courtyard begins at 4 p.m. Before watching people stuff their face, there will be live music and fun for kids starting at 1 p.m. Look out for holiday giveaways, face painting, and festive balloons, plus a performance by South Florida's Sans of Thyme Band from 7 to 11 p.m.

Peacock Park
Fireworks go off at 9 p.m., but before you head out to watch the show, dine at restaurants in Coconut Grove offering Fourth of July specials. At GreenStreet Cafe, you get a free dessert with any two entrees ordered, and all Vodkas are $5. From 8 to 11 p.m. at Barracuda Raw Bar & Grill, get 20% off all drafts and frozen drinks and other bottle/can specials. Also, Calamari Restaurant is offering the All-American Special: steak and truffle fries, plus a glass of prosecco for $19.95.

Location Info

Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: Restaurant

Biltmore Hotel & Resort

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

Area 31

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

901 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL

Category: General

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

9703 Bal Harbour Blvd., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Mister Collins

10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant


1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Clevelander Hotel

1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Mondrian South Beach

1100 W. Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Delano Hotel

1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

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