On July 4th, the Magic City is celebrating America’s independence with a ton of sparkling spectacles in the form of firework shows. If you’re looking to catch all the action, we’ve gathered several sky-gazing locations to choose from, whether you prefer a glamorous hotel, sitting seaside or a fireworks display at an exciting ball game. Here’s where you can get the best views:
1. The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
Grab your comfiest lawn chair, sit back and relax at the vast golf course grounds near this iconic Coral Gables hotel because their fireworks extravaganza is back! Not only will you have the best seat in the house, but food trucks will be on-site and a live band will play music throughout the evening. For a more exclusive experience at a cost, the hotel is also offering savory dining specials.
Where: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
When: Grounds open at 5 p.m. Fireworks are set to light up the sky at 9 p.m.
2. Miami Beach Bandshell
Take your celebrations over to South Beach for a look at the city’s dazzling fireworks and a full day of entertainment, in what is known as the annual Fire on the Fourth festival. Food trucks, obstacle courses, an orchestral performance and even a roller disco will liven the party this year before a display of fireworks and drones closes the night.
Where: 73 Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
When: Event kicks off at 3 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
3. loanDepot Park, Little Havana
You’d expect to see fireworks on July 4, but the Miami Marlins are doing things a bit differently. On Monday, July 3rd, the Saint Louis Cardinals are in town for a game that’ll be recognized as a Salute and Serve Day. Active and retired military personnel, veterans, fire rescue, members of the police department and health care professionals can receive two complimentary game tickets and it’s also $1 Kids tickets — completing an affordable night out with the fam. Best of all, there will be a fireworks show after the game!
Where: 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL
When: July 3, game begins at at 6:40 p.m.
4. Milander Park, Hialeah
This Independence Day, head to the most-awaited 4th of July concert in Hialeah to watch performances by Lenier, Ricky Valido and Marlon Fernandez, plus a slew of local DJs! It would be impossible not to dance the night away, but be sure to stop by any of the food trunks and drinks in store. The massive stage will also serve as the setting for a unique fireworks and a laser show that you won’t find anywhere else.
Where: 4800 Palm Ave, Hialeah, FL
When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
The city’s big celebration on the bay will include performances by Marger, Genesis Diaz, Roxy Nodarse, the Symphony Youth Orchestra and more. It is a family event after all, so expect bounce houses for the kids and food trucks to make sure you don’t go hungry. The fireworks show comes with the view of the gorgeous blue bay!
Where: 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
When: 4 p.m. Fireworks will close the night off starting at 9 p.m.
6. The Wharf, Downtown Miami
If you’re in the mood for some waterfront partying with a side of a fireworks show, enjoy amazing beats and drink specials at this lively patio on the river. In Star-Spangled Awesome fashion, buy a shot of American whiskey and get a free BPR beer or $9 red, white, and blue cocktails available all day.
Where: 114 SW North River Dr, Miami, FL
When: Doors open at 12 p.m.
7. Peacock Park, Coconut Grove
Okay, so this one’s not really a fireworks show — it’s an even greater spectacle! An epic drone show and music by the glorious Miami Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Marturet, await you at Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park. There will also be a picnic contest, in search for the best eco-friendly picnic setup. Showcase your creativity and sustainable practices for a chance to win exciting prizes!
Where: 2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
8. The Balfour Hotel, South of Fifth
There’s also the option to enjoy the glimmering fireworks from a Miami Beach rooftop! The Balfour Hotel will host a fireworks watch party with an all-you-can-drink bar on Tuesday, July 4th. Additionally, the hotel is offering a 20% discount on all food and beverages for those who present a veteran ID.
Where: 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
9. Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead
What do you get when you mix fun kids’ activities, dozens of food trucks, live music and show-stopping fireworks in South Florida’s home for racing? Their annual Race to the 4th! The exciting spectacle is returning and it’ll give you the chance to explore the speedway and feel the rush and excitement of where hundreds of races have been held throughout the years.
Where: 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd, Homestead, FL
When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
10. JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aventura
Say you want to turn your Independence Day plans up a notch. One great option is the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa’s Fireworks on the Green celebration, which features unlimited food from local food trucks along with pop-ups by Heineken, Corona Premier, Tito’s Vodka and more. There’s a Kid’s Fun Zone with several activities including a bounce house and lawn games, in addition to a live band and DJ along with an incredible views of the fireworks display.
Where: 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
11. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Snag a front row seat to watch the fireworks at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. The stunning hotel is inviting locals and visitors alike to a 4th of July BBQ party, complete with picnic-style salads, NY strip steaks, ribs, grilled shrimp, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, plus non-alcoholic beverages and an array of sweet treats.
Where: 455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne
When: Party runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.
12. Nikki Beach, Miami Beach
Bring out the red, white and blue because Nikki Beach is celebrating America’s stars and stripes with a Stars & Stripes dining experience featuring their all-time favorite American foods, music and entertainment. On the menu, expect brisket sandwiches with a sourdough bun, smoked Mac n cheese and sliders as well as an apple pie delight and s’mores explosion for dessert. The dinner will end with a bang as a special fireworks show lights up the sky.
Where: 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL
When: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
13. FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
Head on over to the home of the Florida Panthers to catch a free outdoor concert and nighttime celebration that will culminate with a dazzling fireworks show! There’s something for everyone here, including a children’s fun zone, an assortment of food vendors and a live DJ with musical performances by Alexander Star & The Golden People and the Icon Party Band.
Where: 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL
When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.