10 Places To Celebrate the Fourth of July in South Florida

A guide to South Florida locations where patriotic celebrations will be held for Independence Day

By Solsiree Skarlinsky
|  Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012  |  Updated 1:12 PM EDT
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In celebration of our nation's 236th birthday, South Floridians are preparing for a patriotic and fun-filled day. Here are 10 South Florida spots that will host Fourth of July celebrations and events, with loud trumpeting parades, live music, savory foods – and, of course, thrilling fireworks.

4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach

This free all-day celebration starts the day with family activities and contests from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature live bands playing until 9 p.m. The fireworks shows will start promptly at 9 p.m. The celebration will take place on A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
 

The All-American 4th of July Celebration in Deerfield Beach

Anyone around Deerfield Beach can enjoy live music, delicious foods, shopping at local vendors and of course, a fireworks display that promises to leave viewers in awe. The event will last from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Main Beach Parking Lot at Ocean Way and SE 1st Street. A free shuttle service will be available from Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge and complimentary parking will be available at the Cove Shopping Center.
 

Jungle Island’s 4th of July Fireworks Bash

This year you can enjoy the exotic animals and shows Jungle Island has to offer with a Fourth of July buffet that includes live music and dancing. The city of Miami’s fireworks display can be viewed from the terrace of Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami.
 

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce’s July 4th Fireworks in Peacock Park

This free and family-friendly event starts at 4 p.m. featuring food, drinks, music and entertainment. The Miami Dolphins will have a booth set up in the park and the fireworks that begin after sundown will be taken to a whole new level. The display will be set to the beat of music featured by local radio DJs from Party 93.1, The Coast 97.3 and 99 Jamz. You can park at several locations or take the Metrorail. The park is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove.
 

Classic July Fourth Celebration at Delray Beach

The fun starts early in the morning with a sand sculpting contest presented by Rotary Sunrise. The event also includes brunch, rock climbing, bungee trampolines, live music, an adorable baby bathing suit contest, and fireworks at 9 p.m. The free event will be held on A1A and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, where the ocean meets the main street. It's a two-day event, so feel free to head over Tuesday for similar fun.
 

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade

This morning event starts at 11 a.m. in Key Biscayne where patriotic themed floats, unique bands and outgoing personalities will proceed in the parade south on Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid.
 

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Miami Springs Fourth of July Events

The small town’s celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a traditional parade that will be filled with unique performers and floats. The free parade makes its way east along Westward Drive from the Miami Springs Recreation Center to the Circle. Later, an inspiring fireworks display will be held at 650 Curtiss Parkway in Miami Springs, starting at dusk. Viewers can snuggle up on blankets on the lush green golf course.
 

Coral Springs Celebrates the Fourth of July at Mullins Park

Families can enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday at 6 p.m. at Mullins Park that will feature food trucks, refreshments, and activities. Parking will be available for $3. The fireworks display is set for 9 p.m. that night at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th Street) in Coral Springs.
 

Spectacular Independence Day Celebration in the City of Doral

This event, available to all residents and members of the Doral community, promises an exciting time with concerts, raffles, and a memorable fireworks show. The festivities start at 7 p.m. with special appearances by the mayor, and radio personalities. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. and viewers are recommended to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. It will be held in the JC Bermudez Park at 3000 NW 87th Ave.
 

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami

In celebration of the birth of our nation, the festivities begin at 3 p.m. and will include music, food, beverages, and a free kids zone. At 9 p.m. a large fireworks display will be held over the bay’s sparkling waters. The park, located at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., is accessible via the Metrorail and the Metromover at the Bayfront Park station. Paid parking at several lots in downtown will also be available.

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