If you missed ChickenFest Key West, you have some explaining to do. Maybe you should take advantage of this holiday weekend and get down there for a poultry apology. If the birds forgive you for your fowl behavior, maybe they'll let you stay for the Independence Day events.
The 21st annual Fourth of July picnic hosted by the Hospice/Visiting Nurse Association of the Florida Keys will get cooking today from 5:00 to 9:00 at the Wyndham Casa Marina (1500 Reynolds St., Key West). In addition to tempting barbecue and a silent auction, the fundraising event includes a prime viewing spot for the fireworks show. Admission for the picnic is $20, $10 for children under thirteen.
If you love a parade, the City of Marathon and the local Rotary Club will present their annual march down Sombrero Beach Road (Mile Marker 50, oceanside) beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade runs from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach and is followed by a day of free beach festivities, including live entertainment, volleyball, a dunk tank, and activities for the whole family. The party ends with a fireworks display at 9:00. For a complete schedule of events, call 1-800-352-5397, or visit www.fla-keys.com. --Lyssa Oberkreser
Enjoy a fabulous Fourth
Take your pick of Independence Day celebrations. You can make merry with the crowd at some outdoor park, or you can keep it classy at the all-day bash at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables). Start out swinging with a golf or tennis tournament in the morning. By 5:00 p.m. the hotel grounds will host a free carnival, with fun for the little ones and scrumptious offerings from some of the best restaurants in Coral Gables. At 7:30 sit out on the lush lawn for a free symphonic concert. Then enjoy a spectacular fireworks display that will illuminate the sky over the City Beautiful. Forget about feeding a meter; you can park your car and hop on a shuttle for free at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., Coral Gables. Call 305-460-5600, or visit www.biltmorehotel.com for a complete list of holiday events. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
You've Got to Love Sports
The best damn reason to drive to Hollywood
The days of watching celebrity athletes berate and belittle Tom Arnold with the same passionate vigor as Roseanne are long gone, but there will still be a lot of trash-talkin' from hosts Chris Rose and John Salley (above) when the male equivalent of The View gets on deck. This sports talk show is inviting everyone to participate when it drops in on South Florida. The hosts of Best Damn Sports Show Period will be scratching their parts and taping their antics poolside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood) at 11:30 a.m. today and Friday, July 1. Audience members must be at least sixteen years old to participate. Tickets are free. Call 888-258-0661, or visit www.ocatv.com. --Kris Conesa
Keep Your Hat On
Celebrate America's birthday with baseball. Head out to the ballpark tonight to watch the Florida Marlins take on the Milwaukee Brewers, and pick up a free camouflage floppy hat to help shade your eyes from the postgame fireworks display. The game begins at 6:05 at Dolphins Stadium, 2267 Dan Marino Blvd., North Miami-Dade. Tickets range from $6 to $85. Call 305-623-6100, or visit www.floridamarlins.com. -- Lyssa Oberkreser