Fourth of July family fun in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Cutler Bay

 

hcohen@MiamiHerald.com

Communities in South Miami-Dade got into the Independence Day groove with a host of activities, including a fireworks display and concert in Coral Gables on the Biltmore Golf Course, a kid-friendly parade in the Whispering Pines neighborhood of Cutler Bay and an old-fashioned Fourth at the historic Barnacle house in Coconut Grove.

The Gables event was the second go-round for the popular holiday draw, which returned to the grounds of the Biltmore Hotel last year. An estimated 27,000 people gazed at brilliant displays in the night skies, which became streaked with rain from an uninvited summer storm about 10 minutes into the fireworks. The colorful show followed a performance by the volunteer musicians of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band and a welcome address by Mayor Jim Cason. City officials moved the fireworks up by 20 minutes in an attempt to beat the rain, said City Manager Pat Salerno, but most people stuck it out to the end.

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