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4th of July Celebrations in Miami - 2012

Posted: Jun. 9th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

The most American of all holidays, the 4th of July celebrates the day in 1776 that the colonists in the British territories of North America signed the Declaration of Independence thereby declaring separation from the monarchy that held power over them: Hence the title “Independence Day.” An important day in American culture, the highlights for many on the 4th of July are the tremendous fireworks displays and events that people can participate in all around the country. With Miami being one of the more populated areas in the United States, and since the city is a huge tourism destination, some of the best firework shows and events can be seen all around Miami-Dade County:

Coconut Grove July 4th Fireworks at Peacock Park - Every year, the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce holds a fun and family friendly Independence Day celebration that features food stands, live music, exciting fireworks and an immense air of patriotism.

America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park - With a massive fireworks display, the gathering at Bayfront Park is going to be a spectacular show of pyrotechnics with the calm water reflecting every sparkling boom and crackle. Food, beverages and music will available until the fireworks start, so if you don’t have any other plans for the day, arrive early and celebrate all day long.

Jungle Island’s 4th of July Fireworks Bash - To make it to this cool, treetop-viewing of Jungle Island’s fireworks, it is required to make reservations online no later than 5 p.m. on July 2. The admission to the 4th of July Fireworks Bash includes a scrumptious BBQ buffet, dancing, music and up-close-and-personal visits from some of the park’s wildlife.

An American Celebration at Miami Beach - Miami Beach comes (even more) alive on the 4th of July with this wonderful event. The area gets filled with musicians that perform original American styles with a heavy focus on jazz and the fireworks put on display are some of the best in the area. If you plan on going, it is advised that you bring your own beach towels and chairs and come early because this impressive even attracts many visitors.

4th of July Events Before the Fireworks

As most fireworks displays and the festivals that show them require it to be nighttime, sometimes children just don’t have the ability to stay up so late. To help them get involved in the holiday, the following events are held earlier in the day and, while these don’t have fireworks, offer a fun and family friendly way to educate children on the importance of the 4th of July.

Miami Children’s Museum 4th of July Celebration - Full of fun goings-on for little ones, the Miami Children’s Museum provides water games, art and watermelon. One of the highlights of event is visit by Ben Franklin where he signs the Declaration of Independence.

The Barnacle Historic State Park’s Old Fashioned July Fourth Picnic - Activities at the Barnacle Historic State Park on the 4th of July include making toys like boats, kites and paper dolls and a scavenger hunt that awards a prize to those who complete it. This Old Fashioned July Fourth Picnic offers children the chance to see just how different kid’s lives were a hundred years ago. While burgers and hot dogs are available, you can bring your own picnic for the family to enjoy. Also, the Barnacle Historic State Park is close to the Peacock Park celebration, making Independence Day hassle free for families that want to fill the day with festivities.

Fourth of July Parade at Key Biscayne - This fun parade features multiple patriotic floats as well as many professionally-made themed entries as well. Before the parade the will be a National Anthem singing contest and then the parade itself kicks off with a jet flyover.


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