So you're gearing up for this Independence Day and you want to live it up as only a true Miamian can do. You better take this party from red and white to blue and hit the ocean, because there are some top-notch cruise parties, just perfect for the occasion.
Whether you're looking for something with family fun or maybe an afterhours adult-only vibe, we've got the details on all the maritime mayhem. And trust us, there's no better way to appreciate fireworks than a Biscayne Bay view.
IndepenDance Fireworks Cruise. Thursday, July 4. Aboard the Musette Yacht, departing from Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Arrival at 6 p.m., embarkation at 7 p.m., and vessel returns at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $110 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. This is for all the grown-and-sexy people who want to see the best fireworks in town. Enjoy the multi-deck, climate-controlled atmosphere, and some cocktails while cutting it up on the dance floor. Just make sure you've collected yourself onto the top deck in time to take in the magical sights of the Bayfront Park fireworks show, you won't want to miss the big boom boom.
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Independence Day Family Fireworks Cruise. Thursday, July 4. Aboard the Lady South Beach, departing from Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Arrival at 7 p.m., embarkation at 7:30 p.m., and vessel returns at 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $75 plus fees via wantickets.com. All ages. Fourth of July is really supposed to be spent with the fam. So if your little ones have been looking forward to fireworks all year, this is the most magical way to make their dreams come true. But that doesn't mean you won't be getting down ... There's a DJ on board, an open bar, and a full dinner barbecue buffet.
Independence Day Family Lunch Cruise. Thursday, July 4. Aboard the Lady South Beach, departing from Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Arrival at 1:30 p.m., embarkation at 2 p.m., and vessel returns at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $40 plus fees via wantickets.com.. All ages. Fireworks aren't the only reason to get excited about the Fourth of July. Some of us can't help looking forward to some daytime fun 'cause Miami is even more gorgeous when you can see her from the ocean. Get away from the crowds and enjoy some grilled meats aboard this beautiful yacht, with multiple decks and a cash bar for all the adults. It's more glam that the usual park setting. Definitely, a Miami experience.
Miami Nice 2013: The Fourth of July independence Day Weekend All-White Yacht Party. With DJ Snap of Da Union. Saturday, July 6. Aboard the Lady South Beach, departing from Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $70 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Can't get away on the holiday proper? But y'all still want to get in n some of that late-night, adult-only ocean action? Get down on the luxurious South Beach Lady. Bring some spending money for the cash bar, clean up your dancing shoes, and make sure to only wear white. There are four levels to this beauty, complete with VIP bottle-service rooms, flatscreen TVs, a DJ sky booth, and a complimentary buffet if you get the munchies.