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The best 4th of July events in Miami to celebrate another USA birthday

From star-spangled family fun to red, white and boozy parties, here are the best events to ring in America's birthday in Miami.

Ashley Brozic
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Ashley Brozic
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We do birthdays big in Miami—and America’s is no exception. The 4th of July tends to hold a lot of meaning for those who call Miami home, whether they were born in this country or immigrated here in the pursuit of their own American dream. Of course, we have to add our Miami flavor to the most patriotic day of the year, whether it’s via a mojo-soaked barbecue, a star-spangled fireworks display on the bay, or a pool party that’s every shade of red, white and booze. But hey, that’s what freedom is all about, right? So light up those sparklers and pledge your allegiance to a good time. Here are the best ways to celebrate the 4th of July weekend in Miami. (We'll be updating this guide as the holiday approaches, so check back often.)

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4th of July in Miami events

  • Things to do
  • Playgrounds
  • Coconut Grove
Pack up your lawn chairs and load up the cooler. This year, the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) performs a set of American classics at Peacock Park accompanied by an epic drone show in lieu of fireworks. The event is free and open to the public—and it’s within walking distance to plenty of other festive 4th of July events happening all over Coconut Grove.
  • Restaurants
  • Food court
  • Downtown
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What’s an Independence Day celebration without burgers, fried chicken, French fries and something sparkling? Scoop it all up at Julia & Henry’s, where the bubbly is as bottomless as this country’s bounty. The Downtown food hall will be hosting bottomless brunch on the patio this 4th of July. Enjoy $35 for all-you-can-drink mimosas or $55 for spritzes. A live band will be announced soon.
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  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • Key Biscayne
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There’s you on the grill, and then there’s Jack Arnold. The pit master will be sizzling up some meaty faves at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July BBQ, which offers a front-row view to the fireworks presented by The Village of Key Biscayne. Tickets ($75 for kids under 13, $130 for those under 21 and $150 for adults) include a full buffet, unlimited non-boozy beverages, kids’ party favors and live music all night long.
  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • East Little Havana
Name a more American team to play than the Boston Red Sox? (Alright, we’re stretching here.) Catch the Miami Marlins versus the Boston Red Sox on the 4th of July, laying out the perfect setting for a day of all-American family fun. Not so into this country’s alleged pastime? Grab some Made-in-Miami brews at Biscayne Bay Brewing’s new stadium Brew Hall, then eat your way through LoanDepot’s impressive vendor lineup.
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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Brickell
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Wondering what the country’s favorite cocktail is? A margarita. Wondering where to sip ‘em from noon to night with a view? Cantina La Veinte. This upscale Mexican restaurant is offering 50% off drinks and bottles from 12:30 to 7pm to celebrate Independence Day, along with happy hour bites from 5 to 7pm. 

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