Fourth of July in South Florida

  • Fourth of July fireworks are displayed over the bridge leading to the Port of Miami as people watch from the Museum Park in Miami, July 4, 2014. Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

  • Stacy Jones presents daughter Kyla, 6 months, to a panel of judges at the 2014 Fourth of July patriotic baby contest in Miami Springs, Fla. THEO KARANTSALIS / THEO KARANTSALIS

  • A teenage boy tries to get the attention of the Junior Miss Orange Bowl as she waives during the 2014 Fourth of July parade in Miami Springs, Fla. THEO KARANTSALIS / THEO KARANTSALIS

  • The Miami Springs Golden Girls dance past the town during the city's 2014 Fourth of July parade. THEO KARANTSALIS / THEO KARANTSALIS

  • Lourdes Rivero, of Miami, shines her Dodge Challenger Decepticon, inspired by the Transformers movie, at the 2014 Miami Springs Fourth of July car show held at the town circle. THEO KARANTSALIS / THEO KARANTSALIS

  • Gisele Torres sings the national anthem at the Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade Friday. It is the 55th annual parade for the community. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Dante Nattero, 10, squints into the sun while waiting for the 2014 Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade to begin Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

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  • Sophia (left), 1, and Hailey Carrillo, 4, attend the Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade with their family. Friday marked the 55th time the annual parade was held on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Madeline Leaño (bottom right), 6, runs back to her siblings Isabella, 12, and Elijah, 10, after receiving a plastic fire hat during the 55th annual Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Parade onlookers catch red, white and blue beach balls thrown by the EWM realtor float during the Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade on Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Participants are shown during the 2014 Fourth of July on Key Biscayne Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Members of the St. Andrews Pipe Band participate in the 55th annual Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade on Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Members of the St. Andrews Pipe Band march in the 55th annual Key Biscayne Fourth of July parade on Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Participants in the 2014 Fourth of July on Key Biscayne wave U.S. flags Friday. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Families wait to take a photo with Captain America at the 55th annual Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Kyle Lampera, 18, of The Netherlands, snaps a photo during the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. He is in the USA for the second time, but this is his first Fourth of July. "Great atmosphere," he said. "I love America!" Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Onlookers take photos and video of the Wheelie Magic fire rescue truck during the 55th annual Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne parade. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Float riders from the Baptist Health Breast Center use water guns to soak onlookers during the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Friday marked the 55th time the annual parade was held on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Girls from the Arraya Tennis Academy participate in the 55th annual Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Drummers play during the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Donatella Vacca (left), 21, and her cousin Leo Bonello, 33, watch the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Bonello is visiting from Argentina, and Vacca said she had to talk him into staying for the parade. "They wanted to leave and I made them stay," she said. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Staria Peterson and her goldendoodle, Coco, watch the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Peterson has lived on the key for 55 years, and has seen the parade change a great deal over the years. "It always evolves with the size of the island," she said, adding that her favorite part is the horses. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Mike Rice watches the end of the 55th annual Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne on Friday, after participating in the parade himself. "I was Uncle Sand," Rice explained. Rice has lived on Key Biscayne for 35 years. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Children hold water balloons along the route of the Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne on Friday waiting to assault the "Key Rats" float as it comes down the road. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • A water fight breaks out between parade onlookers and the "Key Rats" float. The Key Rats are children born and raised on Key Biscayne, according to Lauren Griffiths, 50, a Key Biscayne resident. Many onlookers have themselves ridden the Key Rats float at one time, Griffiths added. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald

  • Ivan Rodriguez, 2, plays in a pool of water outside the Key Biscayne fire department building during the 2014 Fourth of July parade on Key Biscayne. Rodriguez came to the parade with his mother and grandmother, who lives on Key Biscayne. Natalie Fertig / Miami Herald