9 p.m. fireworks can be viewed from any location along Country Club Dr. Rain date will be Thurs., July 5, at 9 p.m. For more information: (305) 466-8930 or www.cityofaventura.com.
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
North Miami Independence Day by the Bay, F.I.U. Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, Starting at 6:00pm
COCONUT GROVE (BARNACLE HISTORIC STATE PARK)
An “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic” kicks off at 11 a.m. Bring your own picnic or buy burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers at the park. Live music from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can make their own kites, toy boats, and paper dolls in order to understand how different children’s lives were 100 years ago. Prizes awarded to kids who complete a historical scavenger hunt. Cap the day off with fireworks at nearby Peacock Park. Admission: $5; ages 6-11, $3; ages 5 and under, free. Address: 3485 Main Hwy. Contact: (305) 442-6866.
COCONUT GROVE (PEACOCK PARK)
This annual, family-friendly event presented by the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is from 4 to 10 p.m. Co-presented by official beer sponsor, Sam Adams Beer. Music, food and beverages, entertainment for kids, and a fireworks display from the shoreline of Biscayne Bay. Local restaurants and concessionaires will dish up their fare. A kids adventure park will feature slides, rides, bounce houses, and more. Free admission. Located at 2820 McFarlane Rd. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 444-7270.
“America’s Birthday Bash” at Bayfront Park. The park is open all day, with free activities for kids from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy music, food and beverages, and a 9 p.m. fireworks display. Free admission. 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. (305) 358-7550.
A day-long schedule of events begins with the traditional parade along Crandon Blvd. (11 a.m.). Kiwanis Picnic on the Village Green immediately after the parade. Fireworks at sunset, with music simulcast by WDNA-FM. For more information: (305) 365-8900.
“Fire on the Fourth,” presented by Coca-Cola, the City of Miami Beach, and Classical South Florida, is a free celebration with live music. At 8th St. Beach at Lummus Park. Noon to 5 p.m.: DJ Maximus3000; 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Fred Thomas; 8:30 p.m.: South Florida Symphony Orchestra Quartet hosted by Scott Blankenship. Zambelli fireworks follow the concerts at 9 p.m.
Free shuttles from North Beach to South Beach begin at 5 p.m. and run continuously until 8:30 p.m. The buses leave from 72 St. and Collins Ave. and 81 St. and Collins and disembark at 11 St. and Washington Ave. (police station). Buses return from 11 St. and Washington to the North Beach stops between 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. at Miami Shores Country Club (10000 Biscayne Blvd.) driving range. Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and snacks. Free watermelon and a special holiday concession menu featuring BBQ hamburgers at the Aquatic Center. Regular admission applies.
NORTH BAY VILLAGE
Celebration is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Paul Vogel Park (West Dr., Harbor Island). Festivities include live band “The Rodeo Clowns,” clowns, balloon art, face painting, kids games. Local food and drinks for sale. City bus to and from event will be available and running regular route, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. For more information: (305) 756-7171.
Black Point Park & Marina is the site for a Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade co-sponsored “4th of July Spectacular.” Live band performs at the outdoor Black Point Ocean Grill restaurant that will serve food and drinks throughout evening. Fireworks from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Early arrival recommended. Park is at 24775 SW 87 Ave., Miami. For information: (305) 258-4092.
Celebration begins at 2 p.m. at the Community Center (9301 Collins), with live music, swim races, arts and crafts, and interactive games. Pool will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free to residents; $5 for non-residents. Food available for purchase at Shaka Jons Surfside Café. Beachside fireworks show at 9 p.m. For more information: (305) 866-3635 or www.townofsurfsidefl.gov.
Key West Fireworks – Dazzling fireworks show is launched from the White Street pier on the south side of the island of Key West. Begins shortly after sunset. More information and reservations for boat options at Key West July 4th Fireworks Cruises.
4th Annual Fourth of July Harbor Walk Bar Stroll – Bar hopping in honor the July 4th, participants visit waterfront bars while dressed in red, white, and blue. $25 include s t-shirt, drinks, and food. 2pm, begins at the Ocean Key House pier, 0 Duval Street. For more information, call 305-766-0239.
July 4th Pet Safety Tips from Miami-Dade Animal Services
Independence Day is a fun and festive holiday for many families. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to keep it safe for our pets. Big gatherings, loud noises, and fireworks can be very frightening for them. With a little planning, you can ensure that this holiday will be enjoyable and safe for everyone.
- Update pet identification
The biggest risk of all this Fourth of July is losing your pet. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing ID tags. Microchips are available at the shelter for $10.
- Keep pets indoors
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
- Keep pets away from fireworks
Fireworks can cause harm. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.