Celebrate early at Tobacco Road's Red White Booze & Micro Brews celebration on Saturday, July 2. That'll give you the whole weekend to nurse that hangover. Festivities will feature 15 food trucks, tastings for the best American small-batch liquors and micro-brews and a bartender competition. The party starts at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight. 305-374-1198.
Feel at home at this Surfside resort's celebration. The menu includes grilled-to-order burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, homemade chips and apple pie. There will also be live entertainment and a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Kids can watch movies and eat ice cream and popcorn indoors. Festivities take place from 5 to 10 p.m. $55 for adults and $35 for children 12 or younger. 305-455-5400.
Pack a picnic and head to the historic Barnacle for live music from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have kids, there are plenty of kids activities to keep them busy including kite making and a scavenger hunt. Burgers and hot dogs will be available for sale at the park in case you don't want to bring your own food. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6 to 11. After the picnic, move on to Peacock Park where a concert and pig cook-off starts at 4 p.m. 305-442-6866
Say good-bye to the Rusty Pelican as it closes its doors for
renovations with a Fourth of July party. Choose your meal a la carte or
enjoy a barbecue buffet in the restaurant's ballroom. The buffet
includes ribs, chicken, oysters and sushi stations to name a few.
Unlimited wine, champagne and draft beer is included in the $40 price
tag. There will be live music and a nice view of the downtown fireworks. Call 305-361-3818 for reservations.
Burger & Beer Joint
They're not having a Fourth of July party but they are offering specials to celebrate. Try the 10-piece country fried chicken platter for $10 or a barbecue pulled pork grilled cheese served with cole slaw and mac 'n' cheese for $16. Other items include a 10-piece BBQ wing basket and a steak sandwich. If you buy one of the sandwiches, you get one free glass of Sam Adams draft beer. 305-672-3287.
Fireworks and barbecue are the highlights of the National Hotel's Fourth of July pool party. Starting at 4 p.m. you can enjoy the celebration for $34 ($17 for children). Add another $34 and enjoy unlimited drinks, beer and wine while you listen to live music. When night falls, get a front seat on the beach to watch Miami Beach's fireworks display. For reservations, call 305-532-2311
Enjoy dishes like Angus beef burgers, "backyard" barbecue chicken and baked beans at Coconut Grove's Gibraltar. The food is a reasonable $20 per adult and $10 per child. Two-for-one beer and wine and $8 rum runners and margaritas complete the deal. And you can watch the fireworks from downtown Miami, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach. For reservations, call 305-860-4381.