The Fourth of July is on a Wednesday this year, which is either really great news (woo hoo! really long weekend!) or really not great (ugh, I have to go back to work tomorrow). We’re not entirely sure. But we do know there will be fireworks.
All events listed take place on Wednesday unless otherwise noted. They’re also free, although in most cases you’re probably going to have to bring your own food and drink or buy it.
Old-fashioned picnic at The Barnacle
3485 Main Hwy, Miami
The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove will host an old-fashioned family picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. Bring a homemade picnic basket or buy burgers or hot dogs from The Barnacle Society. There will be live music, crafts and scavenger hunts and table and board games. Tickets cost $5 per adult and $3 per child. Children under 6 are free.
Bayfront Park: America’s Birthday Bash
301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The park and Bayside Marketplace are throwing the annual America’s Birthday Bash, with free all-day events including a kid’s play zone from 3-7 p.m., a Sam Adams beer garden and live music starting at 2 p.m., food service and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Black Point Park & Marina
24775 SW 87th Ave., Homestead
Run or ride your bikes on the trails and bring a picnic or toast America’s birthday at Black Point Ocean Grill. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
City of Aventura
Country Club Drive
Grab a spot on Country Club Drive to see the fireworks at 9 p.m.
City of Coral Gables
Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables
Listen to the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m., enjoy concessions and a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service starting at 5 p.m. from University of Miami Pavia Garage, Coral Gables Youth Center and Garage 4 at 345 Andalusia Ave. Last shuttle for fireworks leaves at 8:15 p.m.
City of Cutler Bay
8800 Ridgeland Dr.
The 51st Annual Cutler Bay-Whispering Pines July 4th Celebration kicks off with a 9 a.m. parade around Whispering Pines Lake, a 10 a.m. cookout, and an 11 a.m. flyover.
City of Doral
Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave.
Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic for fun with inflatables, music and food vendors. From 5-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
City of Hialeah
Ted Hendricks Stadium, 4800 Palm Ave.
Hialeah celebrates from 4-10 p.m. with games for kids, more than 10 food trucks and a live concert by Jacob Forever. Fireworks and a laser light show at the end of the night.
City of Homestead: Race to the 4th!
Homestead Speedway, 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd.
Food trucks, kids’ activities and live music kick off the celebration, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
City of Miami Beach
Ocean Drive between Fifth and 15th streets
Find a cafe, a rooftop bar or a spot on the beach: fireworks start at 9 p.m. The show is free, but the parking will be a headache (as always), so plan accordingly.
City of Miami Springs
Miami Springs Community Center, 1401 Westward Dr.
The fun begins from 6-10 p.m. July 3 with the annual Classic Car Show on the Circle. Then the Fourth of July fun starts at 10 a.m. with a parade that begins at the community center, followed by activities at the Miami Springs Country Club, including giant slides open from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Register for the Baby Contest at 11:30 a.m.; contest starts at noon in the Dynasty Room. Local groups will serve hot dogs and chips, sodas and Sno cones. Fireworks on the golf course begin at dusk.
City of North Miami
Florida International University – Biscayne Bay Campus on the grounds of the Kovens Center, 3000 NE 151st St.
Gates open at 6 p.m. for entertainment and fireworks at dusk. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray.
Regatta Park, 2699 SW 27th Ave.
The kids can play in the family fun zone while the grownups listen to the Spam All Stars from 6-9 p.m. Picnics encouraged. A free shuttle will run to nearby parking lots and garages before and after the fireworks. Want to start the day earlier? Join the fun at Barnacle Historic State Park at 3485 Main Highway, where there will be hot food, games and crafts. $5 12 and up, $3 6-11, under 6 free.
North Shore Park — Fire on the Fourth
North Shore Park Bandshell, 73rd Street and Collins Avenue
Want to watch fireworks from the beach? Bring your blanket or chair and find a space early. The party rages from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with yoga, live music and a variety of food trucks. Free shuttles will run until 10 p.m. with free trolleys going around the North Beach Loop, Collins Link, Middle Beach Loop and South Beach loop until midnight.
Village of Palmetto Bay
Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus St.
Keep the kids busy with face painting, LED robots and a free fun zone with inflatables and amusement rides while the adults listen to live bands. The fun runs from 6-9 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
PAMM members and their guests can enjoy the view of Bayfront Park fireworks from the museum; galleries are open until 9 p.m. There will also be a barbecue, with food and drinks for sale. Become a member at pamm.org.
Village of Key Biscayne
The holiday kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. along Crandon Boulevard and ends with fireworks at sunset. In between there’s a Rotary Club Picnic on the Village Green. If you’re a creative type you can win $1,500 for the best-decorated float (businesses not eligible) or $500 for the best decorated bike or golf cart. See the rules at www.kb4.org
Pine Island Park and Bamford Sports Complex, 3801 S. Pine Island Rd.
Activities take place at the Pine Island Pool starting at 10 a.m. including free swimming, inner tube water polo, fun foam spray with the Davie Fire Department, a dive-in treasure hunt and a watermelon eating contest at 3 p.m. At Bamford Sports Complex in Pine Island Park starting at 4 p.m., there will be bounce houses, petting farm, hayride, face painter and kids’ rides. Fireworks end the evening at 9 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
A1A and Las Olas Boulevard
Kids Zone from noon to 5:00 p.m., featuring DJ, music, bounce houses, water slides, face painting, human foosball, beach games and a hot dog eating contest and watermelon eating contest. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. will be simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM.
El Mar Drive and El Prado Drive
At 10 a.m., a parade will launch on El Mar Drive, full of BSO vehicles, fire trucks and Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. Make sure to bring bags to catch candy along the route. Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at El Prado Park complete with a DJ, face painting, a giant water slide, and more.
Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Broward Boulevard and Northwest 46th Avenue, heading west and ending at City Hall. Later, there will be a free concert and fireworks. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitors are welcome to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs.
This report was supplemented with information from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.