4th of July: Where to Watch the Fireworks in Miami

4th of july Fireworks in MiamiThe 4th of July is always a good excuse to party, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Independence Day in a party city like Miami, you’re in for a treat. There is no shortage of locations in and around South Beach for you to you to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the fireworks. Here are a few of the great places you can go in Miami to watch the sky light up on the 4th of July.

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is hosting one of Miami’s biggest Independence Day celebrations. The park opens at 10 a.m. if you want to get an early start, and the music at the amphitheater gets started at 2 p.m. In addition to the music, there’ll be plenty of food and drink available, as well as a Kids Zone for ages 2 to 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fireworks come your way at 9 p.m., and since the park is located right on the edge of the water, it’s bound to be one of the most spectacular fireworks shows you’ve ever seen.

Picnic and Fireworks at Peacock Park

If you want a more low-key 4th of July, especially if you have kids, Peacock Park may be your best option. There will be face painting, balloon animals, and free ice cream, all things that kids of all ages will enjoy (and perhaps some adults too). Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to hold a picnic. Activities don’t start until 6 p.m., and fireworks at the water-adjacent park are scheduled for 9 p.m.

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

This is an all-day celebration for the people who get really excited about the 4th of July. It’s free and takes place at North Beach Bandshell on Collins Ave. starting at 9 a.m. It begins, as all days in Miami should start, with yoga on the beach. If that’s not your jam, don’t worry, because the food trucks start showing up at 11 a.m., providing plenty of great culinary options for the special occasion. From noon until 5 p.m. there’ll be a DJ handling the entertainment, turning things over later in the evening to performances by Family Stone and Grand Funk Railroad. Finally, it all comes to a brilliant end with the fireworks show at 9 p.m., which can be seen while overlooking the ocean on North Miami Beach.

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

If you like parades, the place you want to be on Independence Day is Key Biscayne. The parade on Crandon Boulevard will feature marching bands, patriotic floats, jets flying overhead, and much more. Afterwards, you’re encouraged to spend the rest of the day exploring all that the island of Key Biscayne has to offer, including Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Crandon Park, two of the most picturesque parks in the city of Miami. Not only are those great places to have a picnic or barbeque on the 4th of July, but also if you stick around until 9 p.m., you’ll have great seats for the fireworks show that takes place right over the Atlantic Ocean.

Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Romantic RestaurantsBetween the beach, the sound of crashing waves, and the bright lights of skyscrapers reflecting on the water, Miami Beach sure is romantic, especially at night. Fortunately, for young (and old) couples in love, the romance doesn’t end at the beach. South Beach is home to plenty of romantic restaurants that are perfect for you and your significant other to enjoy a special evening. Here is a look at 10 of the most romantic restaurants Miami Beach has to offer.

Red The Steakhouse

This place is the rare example of a steakhouse that can be romantic. The food is high-end, the service is excellent, and there is a great wine selection. Don’t bother going if you’re in a rush, but if you want to take your time and linger between drinks, dinner, and dessert while enjoying the ambiance, then this is the most romantic steakhouse you’ll ever visit.

Hakkasan

Located in the Fontainebleau Hotel, this is the perfect spot for a couple that loves Chinese food. This restaurant knows how to create a romantic atmosphere, and the rooftop location ensures a romantic feeling once the sun goes down. The entrees are also among the best Chinese food you’ll find anywhere in Miami.

Scarpetta

Also located in the Fontainebleau Hotel is Scarpetta, a great option for couples who love Italian food as much as each other. The dining room is elegant and guests are privy to a view of the ocean, so it’s not difficult to get swept up in romance while eating at Scarpetta. There are also plenty of tasty entrees and a great wine selection.

Matador Room

This restaurant has two dining locations, and both are romantic. Inside, you’ll find a sunken dining room and an aging but elegant chandelier setting the mood. Outside, you’ll have the pool, green plants, and some well orchestrated mood lighting creating the romantic vibe you desire. There’s also a world-class chef in the kitchen, so rest assured your meal will be delicious as well.

Villa Azur

This place is the pinnacle of class, complete with a red carpet for guests to walk on upon entering. The dining area is spectacular with its gorgeous furniture and shelves stacked with books creating a cozy yet romantic atmosphere that makes you think you’re sitting in the home of your dreams. If you can’t afford to take your partner to the French Riviera, Villa Azur is the next best thing.

Casa Tua

Romance can be difficult to find, and so can romantic restaurants like Casa Tua. If you can find this hidden Miami Beach gem, you’ll be treated to magnificent lighting created with lanterns and candles that will instantly put you in a romantic mood. Between the setting, the top-notch Italian food, and the excellent wine selection, you and your amour will want to stay at Casa Tua for hours.

Cecconi’s

This is a great place to bring a date no matter how long you’ve been together. The outdoor seating is amazing, as it’s filled with tress and gorgeous plant life, and the restaurant even has a retractable roof just in case you need it. You’ll come for the setting, but you’ll stay for the food, as Cecconi’s offers all of your favorite Italian dishes.

Juvia

Juvia is a Lincoln Road hotspot and one of the most romantic spots on South Beach. The restaurant is located on the roof of a parking garage, which gives you an extraordinary view, and the ambiance the restaurant creates matches the view perfectly, especially in the evening. With a great menu and drink selection, it’s the perfect location for a couple celebrating a special occasion or just a couple trying to cap off a fun day the right way.

Pied a Terre

If you can get a table at this rather small restaurant, you won’t be disappointed with the intimate and romantic atmosphere. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a charming Parisian bistro, and between the food and the ambiance at Pied a Terre, it’s easy to be consumed and overwhelmed with romantic inclinations.

The Forge

If wine is how you and your partner jumpstart your romance, then you must eat at The Forge and take a tour of their wine cellar. It’s the perfect way to begin a romantic evening, as the cellar is a cozy spot and the wine selection is out of this world. It’ll be hard to find a more delightful location, and the food won’t leave you disappointed either.

Best Places to Enjoy Father’s Day in Miami

Father's Day MiamiMiami is a great city to spend any holiday, and Father’s Day (which is coming up, by the way) is no exception. Instead of taking the father in your life to the fanciest restaurant you can afford, like you probably do on Mother’s Day, Father’s day requires some creative thinking. Fortunately, in Miami there is no shortage of places that dads of all kinds will enjoy. Here are just a few of the great places in Miami you can take your dad on Father’s Day.

Wynwood Walls

If you know a father who loves art, or just one who likes doing new things and having unique experiences, Wynwood Walls is a great place to visit on Father’s Day. Wynwood Walls is one of the top places for art lovers in Miami and a great place to spend the day walking around. Some of the murals on the walls will have anyone in awe, regardless of whether they’re a fan of art or not. It’s also a great place for the entire family to spend a day and provides the perfect backdrop for family photos. There are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat nearby, so it’s easy to make it a day of hanging out in Wynwood on Father’s Day.

Miami Marlins Game

Few activities in the world are geared more towards fathers and sons than attending a baseball. Fortunately, Miami’s major league team has a home game on Father’s Day, making tickets to the game the ideal Father’s Day present. You can go to a nice brunch in the morning and then head out to the game and spend all afternoon at the ballpark. If your dad’s a baseball fan, he’ll think it’s the perfect way to spend Father’s Day.

Jungle Island

Of all the places in South Florida for animal lovers, Jungle Island may be the best option for Father’s Day. It’s affordable, conveniently located on Watson Island, and it has so many interactive exhibits and events that there’ll never be a dull moment. Since it’s a special occasion, it’s a great time to spring for one of their VIP Safari Tours, giving your dad up close and personal interactions with animals that he’ll never forget, ensuring that he has a memorable Father’s Day.

Edge Steak & Bar

If you’re not going to be creative on Father’s Day and just want to treat your dad to a nice lunch or dinner, the least you can do is go all-out and take him to the nicest spot you can find, which is the Edge Steak & Bar located in the Four Seasons Hotel. As you can guess from its name, steak is kind of their specialty, so there’s no doubt your dad will be able to get a delicious meal. The location is perfect too, right near the water on Brickell Avenue, so afterwards you can always wise up and finding something fun and creative nearby to do to treat your dad to the Father’s Day he deserves.

Top 5 Concerts in Miami in June 2016

Miami ConcertsThe summer heat is here, and that means it’s officially summer concert season. In terms of attracting high-profile musicians, the city of Miami is one of the best in the country. The city has plenty of great venues for live music and offers an enticing environment for top artists to perform. The month of June is loaded with great options for music lovers, and here are five concerts in Miami this month that you have to check out.

Ellie Goulding, June 3

What better way to kickoff a summer of great concerts than a Friday night performance from one of today’s hottest pop stars? Ellie Goulding is stopping off at American Airlines Arena in Miami for one night only as part of her Delirium World Tour. She’s fresh off her first Grammy nomination earlier this year and she has three albums worth of material to perform, including her latest hits: “On My Mind” and “Love Me Like You Do.” You can’t afford to miss out on an opportunity to see this British pop sensation at the height of her popularity.

Selena Gomez & DNCE, June 11

This show is another chance to spend a weekend night attending a great concert at American Airlines Arena, and it’s a double-bill no less. DNCE, the new band from Jonas Brother, Joe, is starting to make waves throughout the music industry, and now is the time to see them in concert. If that’s not enough, then surely you’ll come out to see headliner Selena Gomez. Her second album, Revival, already has three top-10 singles, as she begins her ascent to the top of the music industry. With all the acting that she does, who knows when Gomez is going to tour again, making her one of the marquee singers to see in concert this summer, an opportunity too good to pass up.

Weezer & Panic! At The Disco, June 14

An outdoor concert in Bayfront Park featuring two of the best rock bands of the past decade, it doesn’t get much better than that. Okay, technically, Weezer is one of the best bands of the past two decades, but they’re still going strong and the band’s last two albums have taken them back to their roots and been among the best they’ve produced to date. Weezer has so many hits that you can’t miss out on the chance to see them live, and adding Panic! At The Disco to the equation only sweetens the deal.

The Cure & The Twilight Sad, June 26-27

This show should bring together music fans old and young alike, and with two performances in Bayfront Park, there’s no reason to miss it. The Cure has been going strong for 40 years, an amazing accomplishment, and in concert they roll out hit after hit for your enjoyment. The Twilight Sad don’t quite have that much experience, but they bring plenty to the table, and in a way, they are the perfect musical complement to The Cure, making for a great concert.

Steely Dan & Steve Winwood, June 29

Even if you’re tired from enjoying all the other concerts in Miami this June, you should still make the short trip to West Palm Beach to cap off the month of June with Steely Dan and Steve Winwood. These are two acts that have been around forever and always put on a good show. Just sit back, relax in the open-air amphitheater, and enjoy two of the finest acts the music world has to offer; it’ll be the perfect way to finish off a month of amazing concerts.