Fourth of July Fireworks and Fare: Where to Dine and Watch the Big Shows

On Fourth of July, nearly every city in South Florida celebrates with spectacular fireworks in the evening.

While grabbing a blanket and packing a picnic is fun, sometimes you just want to watch the fireworks at a restaurant, cocktail in hand. Whether you head to these restaurants before the big show or stay for an intimate view of the colorful night sky, these are the restaurants (and one boat) with the best fireworks-watching deals in Miami.

See also: Fourth of July Cocktails: A Toast to Our Founding Fathers

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Lure Fishbar

Before heading to the beach to watch the fireworks, stop at Lure Fishbar for some traditional Independence Day seafood. Specials include steamed shrimp with charred lemon ($15.50) and grilled lobster with chili-garlic butter, grilled corn and fingerling potatoes ($24). For dessert, try their take on all-American apple pie -- made into an empanada and served with maple whipped cream ($11 for four). The restaurant opens at 6 p.m. for dinner.

The Hotel of South Beach

A rooftop barbecue complete with live DJ starts at 7 p.m., so you can enjoy your favorite grilled items and a few cocktails before having a prime view for the fireworks that start at 9 p.m.

Florida Cookery

The restaurant, located at the James Royal Palm Hotel, is hosting a barbecue complete with all the trimmings, including steaks, bratwursts, Kobe burgers, chicken and shrimp kabobs, and a full bloody mary bar. Guests will also enjoy live music poolside ($49 per person). The barbecue runs from 12:30 to 7 p.m., giving you ample time to walk out onto the sand to watch the fireworks that start at 9 p.m.

Biscayne Tavern

A summer shrimp feast includes a pound of peel and eat shrimp, mini corn on the cob, sausage, and potatoes ($24). Five bucks gets you draft beer on specials or get a bucket of domestic for $15. When you're done indulging, walk across the street for the fireworks at Bayfront Park, which start at 9 p.m.

The Biltmore Hotel

Celebrate Independence Day with a touch pf glamour at the Biltmore. From 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., enjoy a Stars and Stripes BBQ dinner featuring traditional favorites including all-beef hamburgers and hot dogs, St. Louis-style ribs, and apple pie. Then stay for the Bilmore's very own fireworks show at 9 p.m. with open bar until 9:45. ($150 for adults; $45 for children 12 and under). For reservations, call 855-666-1727. If you want to make a weekend out of it, the hotel is offering Florida residents 20 percent off the best available rate and complimentary valet parking at the hotel.

Rusty Pelican

A lavish buffet barbecue that features all your favorites like burgers, chicken, sausage, mahi, and more awaits. Sides include mac & cheese, baked beans, and Cesar salad. The barbecue starts at 6 p.m., so get there early and snag the best fireworks-viewing spot to watch the sparks fly at 9 p.m. $45 per person (drinks not included).

Island Queen Cruise at Bayside Marketplace

We all know the best place to watch fireworks is on a boat. Less crowds, prime viewing, and -- you're on a boat! Island Queen Cruises sails out of Bayside Marketplace at 8 p.m. for a combination barbecue/boat ride/fireworks viewing. $55 gets you passed snacks on board that include liders, corn dogs, chicken kabobs, and cupcakes. A full cash bar is on board and there's a DJ to provide the fireworks soundtrack. Check-in for the cruise starts at 7 p.m., with boarding at 7:30 p.m. at Bayside Marketplace near the center music stage. The Island Queen returns at 10 p.m. Visit islandqueencruises.com or call 305-379-5119 for reservations.

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