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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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City of Aventura Fireworks

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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.

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Miami Gardens 4th of July Celebration

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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.

North Miami Celebration by the Bay

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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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Independence Day Celebration at Ted Hendricks Stadium

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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.

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

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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.

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South Beach Ocean Drive 4th of July Fireworks

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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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America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

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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.

South Pointe Park

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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.

Biltmore's 2017 Fireworks Spectacular

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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.

Coconut Grove’s Regatta Park

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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.

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

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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.

Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular

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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.

Race to the 4th in Homestead

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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.

City of Aventura Fireworks

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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.

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Miami Gardens 4th of July Celebration

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.

North Miami Celebration by the Bay

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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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Independence Day Celebration at Ted Hendricks Stadium

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.

Miami Beach Fire on the Fourth Festival

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.

Fire on the Fourth Festival

South Beach Ocean Drive 4th of July Fireworks

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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.

Ocean Drive Association

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park

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.

South Pointe Park

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.

Biltmore's 2017 Fireworks Spectacular

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.

Coconut Grove’s Regatta Park

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.

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

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.

Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular

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.

Race to the 4th in Homestead

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.