The 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.