Take your pick of prime vantage points, from waterfront fireworks at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay to Hialeah's laser light show at Ted Hendricks Stadium to the Wharf's Star-Spangled Awesome on the Miami River. Grab a few lawn chairs, a bucket of cold beer, and lots of patriotic spirit to celebrate the Fourth of July.
1. Miami Beach's Fire on the Fourth. This party starts at 9 in the morning. Begin with free yoga, followed by food trucks, a DJ, live bands, and fireworks around 9 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell. Get there early, because the beach is known to get crowded. Collins Avenue at 73rd Street, Miami Beach; miamibeachfl.gov.
2. Star-Spangled Awesome at the Wharf. Head to the Miami River for a July 4 party beginning at noon. Enjoy a DJ; fare from Garcia’s Seafood, King of Racks, Spris Pizza, Cracked by Chef Adrianne, and Mojo Donuts; and free beer with the purchase of a whiskey shot. Stick around for fireworks after sundown. 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; wharfmiami.com.
3. America's Birthday Bash in Bayfront Park. Celebrate in the heart of downtown Miami, and take in one of South Florida's largest fireworks displays. Expect music, food, a beer garden, kids' activities, and, of course, plenty of fireworks. The park opens at noon, and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; bayfrontparkmiami.com.
4. Coconut Grove's Picnic & Fireworks. The celebration will include a picnic in Regatta Park, live music, a fireworks display, and a medley of patriotic activities for entire family. Pro tip: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, along with a cooler of food to snack on before the display. After the fireworks, continue the party at the Commodore, a swank cocktail lounge inside the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; coconutgrove.com.
5. Key Biscayne's Fourth of July Parade. The 59th-annual parade on Crandon Boulevard will begin at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy the day on the key, and at 9 p.m., watch the fireworks, visible on the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne.
6. Hialeah's Independence Day Celebration. Food, drinks, live music, a laser light show, and fireworks? Sold. Beginning at 4 p.m., celebrate Independence Day at Ted Hendricks Stadium, where the evening will consist of a performance by Jacob Forever, followed by a laser light show and a massive fireworks display. 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah; hialeahfl.gov.
7. Homestead's Race to the Fourth. Back again, Homestead's Race to the Fourth offers live music, food trucks, and a bevy of interactive activities from 6 to 10 p.m. Last year, more than 25,000 people partied at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and this year is expected to draw even more attendees. 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead; cityofhomestead.com.
Doral's Independence Day Celebration. Have a picnic in the park before Doral's annual fireworks display. The park opens at 5 p.m., and the pyrotechnics are scheduled to begin around 9:20. There will also be a live performance by the Latin funk band Xperimento. 3000 NW 87th Ave., Doral; cityofdoral.com.
9. Black Point Park & Marina's Fourth of July Spectacular. Beyond enjoying waterfront fireworks, you can explore bikeways, jogging trails, and a 1.5-mile jetty extending into Biscayne Bay. Don't worry about bringing food and drinks: Buy some at the onsite restaurant and bar. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 24775 SW 87th Ave., Cutler Bay; miamidade.gov.
10. Aventura's Fourth of July Fireworks. Grab a blanket and find a spot anywhere along Aventura's three-mile stretch of Country Club Drive. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. over the golf course and are usually visible no matter where you're sitting. Country Club Drive, Aventura; cityofaventura.com.
11. Miccosukee's Freedom Festival. Beginning at 10 a.m., enjoy an array of carnival rides, games, water slides, airboat rides, and alligator-wrestling shows, as well as onsite food and drink vendors. Singer-songwriter Luke Pell, who appeared on ABC's The Bachelorette, will perform at 4:30 p.m., followed by musicians Tony Jackson and Aaron Tippin. Fireworks will begin after sundown. 500 SW 177th Ave., Miami; miccosukee.com.