Holidays

Miami's Ten Best Fourth of July Parties 2016

This Independence Day, there will be fireworks (both illegal and sanctioned) from Key Biscayne to North Miami. But if you want to celebrate America with loud noises and bright colors, you don't necessarily have to look up.

The Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, which means you'll have an extra long three-day weekend to get your party on. But this is good ol' Lady Liberty we're talking about here, so not just any party will do. That's why we've curated ten bashes worthy of the stars and stripes.
10. Erick Morillo Independence Day Weekend. 11 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; clubspace.com. Tickets cost $23 plus fees at wantickets.com.
Space legend Erick Morillo will be in Miami for the fourth of July weekend. The platinum-selling DJ has been spinning at Space since its inception nearly 16 years ago. Patrick M will open for a night of partying that's sure to turn into a morning of partying. 
9. 4th of July Weekend at Hyde Beach. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, at Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701; sbe.com/exclusives/4th-of-july-weekend-at-hyde-beach. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via tixr.com.
Saturday and Sunday are all-day and all-night parties at Miami Beach's pool party mecca, Hyde Beach. Saturday sees a headlining gig by San Francisco-based DJ Max Vangeli, and Sunday will serve as an album release party for Sharam's second album, Retroactive.
8. America's Birthday Bash. 9 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Admission is free.
Bayfront Park will be open all day for those wishing to celebrate the red, white, and blue, with what is billed as "South Florida's best fireworks show" going off at 9 p.m. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a free yoga class at Tina Hills Pavilion. Then, you can get all those toxins back into your body when the Budweiser Beer Garden opens at noon. There will also be a free kids' zone for the little ones open from 3  to 7 p.m.
7. Sh!tshow Cool-Aid. 11 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-479-4426; storymiami.com. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via flavorus.com.
Story is certainly making the most of the upcoming three-day weekend. On July 1, LIV and Story co-owner David Grutman will be celebrating his birthday with Sh!tshow Cool-Aid. Last year's party was a starfucker's wet dream with Paris Hilton, Reggie Bush, David Guetta, and Afrojack all in attendance. Cedric Gervais will man the turntables for this year's celebration, and if Grutman's Kanye- and Kim-filled wedding was any indication, celebrity guests are sure to pour in by the dozens.

6. July 4th Day Party with 103.5 the Beat.
4 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Brick House Miami, 187 NW 28th St., Miami; 786-467-1205; facebook.com/BrickHouseMIA. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via eventbrite.com.
The Miami hip-hop radio station 103.5 the Beat (WMIB-FM) presents and curates the music for this 4 p.m. to midnight party in Wynwood. If you've tuned into 103.5 at all in the last week, you've no doubt heard them promoting this party into oblivion, with many of their on-air personalities expected to attend. You can also test out Brick House's new food menu featuring crab mac 'n' cheese and chili cheese falafel sliders. God bless this country. 
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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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