Miamians love to blow up stuff. Just ask the Marlins ownership. (Make that sports joke a true Daily Double, Alex.)
Here's where to find fireworks shows in Miami-Dade County for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
Hialeah's annual Independence Day Celebration at Milander Park
What can we say? Folks in Hialeah love the Stars and Strips.
The city promises live entertainment, music, food, games and activities for the kids, a pretty respectable fireworks display, and -- wait for it -- a laser light show. Ben Franklin's dream of laser lights projected into the sky has finally come true.
The event will take place at Milander Park, and you can enter Ted Hendricks Stadium (yes, the "Mad Stork" has a stadium named after him in the heart of Hialeah) beginning at 5 p.m. Visit hialeahfl.gov.
Homestead-Miami Speedway's Race to the Fourth
There aren't many things that speak to the greatness of this nation like fireworks and asphalt. You can experience both at the fifth-annual Race to the Fourth, the City of Homestead's Independence Day celebration. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Though there won't be any racecars zooming around the track, expect some down-home family entertainment, kids' rides, and live music by the Mojo Scoundrels and Main Highway. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and fireworks will cap off the night.
Admission is free, but VIP seats are available for people who want preferred parking spots and a better view of the fireworks. For VIP seats, children under the age of 6 get in free with a ticketholder, ages 7 to 12 pay $10, while ages 13 and up pay $20. Visit cityofhomestead.com.
Miami Beach's Fire on the Fourth Festival
Pepsi fans (they exist, right?) are out of luck for this Fourth of July fireworks show, because it's presented by Coca-Cola. The North Shore Park Bandshell will be the site of this party, which gets underway at 11 a.m. Friday. Food trucks will be onsite to feed the masses, while groups such as the Amber Leigh Band and the Marshall Brothers Band will provide entertainment.
The fireworks start at 9 p.m., and free shuttle buses will run until 10 p.m. Visit miamibeachfl.gov.
Coral Gables' 4th of July Fireworks at the Biltmore Hotel
One of the biggest gatherings of fireworks watchers in the 305 takes place in Coral Gables at the Biltmore Hotel. The event is free and starts at 5 p.m. with a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Take a blanket or some folding chairs and set up on the back lawn. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Visit coralgables.com.
North Miami's Independence Day Celebration by the Bay
The Founding Fathers could have never imagined the current political mess in North Miami. Of course, some of them also had wooden teeth and shot one another. Thank goodness the mayor-less city got its act together to present a fireworks bonanza at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus.
Gates open at 7 p.m. Visit northmiamifl.gov/celebrate.
Coconut Grove's Fourth of July Picnic and Fireworks Celebration at Peacock Park
A great deal of patriotic happenings will take place throughout the Grove this Friday, including a hot-dog-eating contest at CocoWalk. If you don't keel over from a meat overdose, wobble over to Peacock Park to watch the fireworks, blasting off at 9 p.m.
Key Biscayne Parade and Fireworks
This year marks the 55th-annual July 4 parade on the key, running from Harbor Drive to West Enid on Crandon Boulevard. Afterward, settle in for a picnic on the village green and then hang around until the fireworks light up. (You could leave and return, of course, but you'd likely end up in epic causeway traffic.)
The parade begins at 11 a.m., the picnic starts at noon, and the fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Visit keybiscaynechamber.org.
Miami Shores' Independence Day July 4th Celebration
The Miami Shores Country Club is the site of this community celebration. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. (seeing a pattern?) and can be enjoyed from the country club's driving range or the aquatic center. Visit miamishoresvillage.com.
Miami's America Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park
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The MIA is doing it big this year at Bayfront Park. The park is open all day, with a beer garden and a kids' zone (killing two birds with one stone here, folks). If you're still conscious by nightfall, simply look up and see some fireworks, which begin at, yep, 9 p.m.
Admission is free. Visit bayfrontparkmiami.com.
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