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Where to watch Miami's July 4th fireworks

Here are 13 of the best spots to watch fireworks in Miami

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Although the holiday falls on mid-week Wednesday this year, the 4th of July celebrations in Miami will be nonetheless lively thanks to the city’s numerous free fireworks displays and sensational spots to take in the spectacle.

Some of you may be fortunate enough to live in an area where all it takes is a matter of pulling the blinds or stepping out into the backyard, we’ve picked 13 spots spread across Miami-Dade County for folks looking to leave home to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day in style.

As for boat owners, Biscayne Bay is your oyster—offering a front-row seat to multiple fireworks shows from Key Biscayne to South Beach to downtown Miami to Coconut Grove.

The map points are arranged from north to south.

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1. City of Aventura Fireworks

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W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

The City of Aventura annual Independence Day celebration returns in 2018 with a free fireworks display set for 9:00 p.m. The show can be viewed from any location along East and West Country Club Drives.

City of Aventura

2. Miami Gardens 4th of July Celebration

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3000 NW 199th St
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
(786) 279-1237
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Located at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, this year's event starts at 3:00 p.m. and includes bounce houses, live music performances, food trucks, classic games, and an indoor pool. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

3. North Miami Celebration by the Bay

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3000 NE 151st St
North Miami Beach, FL 33181

Located at FIU's Biscayne Bay campus, North Miami’s evening of music, entertainment, and fireworks kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and includes free parking. Fireworks begin at sundown.

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4. Independence Day Celebration at Ted Hendricks Stadium

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Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave
Hialeah, FL 33002

The City of Hialeah's popular Independence Day Celebration at Hendrick Stadiums draws over 15,000 attendees. It features live entertainment, a kid zone, free parking, a fleet of food trucks, and a fireworks and laser show. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.

5. Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

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7275 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 672-5202
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This all-day beachfront extravaganza around the North Beach Bandshell features music performances, food trucks, yoga, DJs, kids zone, and a Junkanoo-style parade to get you in the party mood ahead of the the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show.

Fire on the Fourth Festival

6. South Beach Ocean Drive 4th of July Fireworks

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1320 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The various sidewalk cafes and rooftop venues lining Ocean Drive between 5th and 15t streets make excellent spots for watching 4th of July pyrotechnics. Take in the overhead light show at 9:00 p.m., dance the night away at nearby clubs, and crash at one of Ocean Drive’s many hotels.

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7. America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

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301 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

The largest fireworks show in South Florida, America’s Birthday Bash offers a kids zone, music, food, and beverages. Bayfront Park is open all day starting with free yoga at 9:00 a.m. The kids zone opens at 3:00 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. View the show from the edge of the park or from the bay itself by boat.

8. South Pointe Park

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1 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

If you are looking for a more intimate place to enjoy the array of light exploding into the sky, look no further than South Pointe Park on the southern tip of Miami Beach where elevated grounds surrounded by water make for the perfect low-key Independence Day environment.

9. Biltmore's 2017 Fireworks Spectacular

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

This annual celebration put on by the City of Coral Gables at the Biltmore isn't free but watching the fireworks display from the golf course is. This year’s event features a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks kick off at 9:00 p.m.

10. Coconut Grove’s Regatta Park

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2699 SW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33133

This free waterfront event in Coconut Grove boasts live music from Spam Allstars and family-friendly activities. Starting at 6:00 p.m. and concluding with 9:00 p.m. fireworks, the party will keep going at an official after-party at The Commodore cocktail lounge at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

11. Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

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Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Fireworks follow the 59th annual Key of Biscayne 4th of July parade on Crandon Boulevard at 9:00 p.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and is rain or shine. Fireworks can be observed from the Village Green or any nearby spot with a view of the water.

12. Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular

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24775 SW 87th Ave
Homestead, FL 33032

Celebrate the 4th with a waterfront fireworks show at Black Point Park & Marina in Homestead beginning at 9:00 p.m. You can enjoy pre-fireworks activities with the park's scenic jogging trails, bikeways, 1.5-mile jetty into the bay, and waterfront restaurants.

13. Race to the 4th in Homestead

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Speedway Blvd
Homestead, FL 33035

Homestead’s annual bash is back for its eighth year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and features rock bands, food trucks, and kids’ activities—in addition to the fireworks. While the event is free, a $20 VIP pass gets you preferred parking, the best view of the show, unlimited food and soft drinks, and—perhaps most exclusive of all—air conditioning.

1. City of Aventura Fireworks

W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
City of Aventura

The City of Aventura annual Independence Day celebration returns in 2018 with a free fireworks display set for 9:00 p.m. The show can be viewed from any location along East and West Country Club Drives.

W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

2. Miami Gardens 4th of July Celebration

3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Located at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, this year's event starts at 3:00 p.m. and includes bounce houses, live music performances, food trucks, classic games, and an indoor pool. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

3000 NW 199th St
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

3. North Miami Celebration by the Bay

3000 NE 151st St, North Miami Beach, FL 33181
City of North Miami

Located at FIU's Biscayne Bay campus, North Miami’s evening of music, entertainment, and fireworks kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and includes free parking. Fireworks begin at sundown.

3000 NE 151st St
North Miami Beach, FL 33181

4. Independence Day Celebration at Ted Hendricks Stadium

Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave, Hialeah, FL 33002

The City of Hialeah's popular Independence Day Celebration at Hendrick Stadiums draws over 15,000 attendees. It features live entertainment, a kid zone, free parking, a fleet of food trucks, and a fireworks and laser show. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.

Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave
Hialeah, FL 33002

5. Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Fire on the Fourth Festival

This all-day beachfront extravaganza around the North Beach Bandshell features music performances, food trucks, yoga, DJs, kids zone, and a Junkanoo-style parade to get you in the party mood ahead of the the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show.

7275 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141

6. South Beach Ocean Drive 4th of July Fireworks

1320 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Ocean Drive Association

The various sidewalk cafes and rooftop venues lining Ocean Drive between 5th and 15t streets make excellent spots for watching 4th of July pyrotechnics. Take in the overhead light show at 9:00 p.m., dance the night away at nearby clubs, and crash at one of Ocean Drive’s many hotels.

1320 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

301 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

The largest fireworks show in South Florida, America’s Birthday Bash offers a kids zone, music, food, and beverages. Bayfront Park is open all day starting with free yoga at 9:00 a.m. The kids zone opens at 3:00 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. View the show from the edge of the park or from the bay itself by boat.

301 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

8. South Pointe Park

1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If you are looking for a more intimate place to enjoy the array of light exploding into the sky, look no further than South Pointe Park on the southern tip of Miami Beach where elevated grounds surrounded by water make for the perfect low-key Independence Day environment.

1 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Biltmore's 2017 Fireworks Spectacular

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This annual celebration put on by the City of Coral Gables at the Biltmore isn't free but watching the fireworks display from the golf course is. This year’s event features a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks kick off at 9:00 p.m.

1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

10. Coconut Grove’s Regatta Park

2699 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133

This free waterfront event in Coconut Grove boasts live music from Spam Allstars and family-friendly activities. Starting at 6:00 p.m. and concluding with 9:00 p.m. fireworks, the party will keep going at an official after-party at The Commodore cocktail lounge at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

2699 SW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33133

11. Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Fireworks follow the 59th annual Key of Biscayne 4th of July parade on Crandon Boulevard at 9:00 p.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and is rain or shine. Fireworks can be observed from the Village Green or any nearby spot with a view of the water.

Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

12. Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular

24775 SW 87th Ave, Homestead, FL 33032

Celebrate the 4th with a waterfront fireworks show at Black Point Park & Marina in Homestead beginning at 9:00 p.m. You can enjoy pre-fireworks activities with the park's scenic jogging trails, bikeways, 1.5-mile jetty into the bay, and waterfront restaurants.

24775 SW 87th Ave
Homestead, FL 33032

13. Race to the 4th in Homestead

Speedway Blvd, Homestead, FL 33035

Homestead’s annual bash is back for its eighth year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and features rock bands, food trucks, and kids’ activities—in addition to the fireworks. While the event is free, a $20 VIP pass gets you preferred parking, the best view of the show, unlimited food and soft drinks, and—perhaps most exclusive of all—air conditioning.

Speedway Blvd
Homestead, FL 33035