Fireworks to parades: How to spend your Fourth in South Florida - Miami-Dade - Miami Herald.com
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The city’s inaugural Independence Day fair will bring the fun to Franjo Triangle just east of Village Hall, along Franjo Road.
“Residents have always asked for this,” said city spokesman Bill Kress. “We are also trying to get the people accustomed to the emerging downtown Palmetto Bay.”
The day will feature sack races, face-painting and a hot dog eating contest. There will be food vendors and a beer garden for adults. A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.
• Free. Begins at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Call 305-259-1234.
Cutler Bay is home to another longstanding parade. Its 47th annual Fourth of July parade will
begin at Whispering Pines Park on Ridgeland Drive and weave along thelake. Those who wish to participate can show up at 8:15 a.m. to register.
“There are all kinds of floats in the parade, and also just about anything that you can decorate, push or pedal, including go-carts, bicycles, scooters and skates,” said Alan Ricke, parks and recreation director.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. and ends at Whispering Pines Park, where there will be bounce houses, water slides,food and entertainment.
“July Fourth is one of the few opportunities that everyone has to get together at the same place and the same time,” Ricke said.
• Free. Call 305-234-4262
Thousands gather on the lawn of The Biltmore for the annual Coral Gables’ Fourth of July celebration.
With an expected 30,000 guests, “The community comes out in full force,” said Michelle Cash, city marketing manager.
The free extravaganza, which begins at 5 p.m., includes a performance by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band followed by fireworks. People bring their own food, drink, blankets and chairs.
“It is incredible that the celebration has such a draw and has been so longstanding,” Cash said.
Biltmore Golf Course, 1210 Anastasia Ave. Begins at 5 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Visit coralgables.com/july4.