The 4th of July is soon upon us!

It is the most significantly important day for the United States of America.  We, as a nation, celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that was adopted on July 4, 1776. That was the day that America was finally free from British rules and regulations. Fast forward 246 years and we still are celebrating our independence.  It is a time for us to reflect on the events of the past that allow us the independence we currently have today.  Families and friends all get together to enjoy each other’s company, have a cookout, grill some hot dogs and burgers, go to the beach, have some drinks, enjoy live bands, watch some parades with unique floats, and of course the stunning and spectacular pyrotechnic shows of epic fireworks that light up the night sky.

Bayfront Park will hold its yearly 4th of July celebration.  There will be live music, loads of food trucks with all of your favorite foods, a Kids Zone for every age group, and the piece de resistance – fireworks.  They will be seen over Biscayne Bay.  The festivities will begin in the afternoon and the fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9:00 p.m.  The epic show will last approximately thirty minutes.

If you are in South Beach, you can catch the firework display on Ocean Drive.  You can sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes, restaurants, or rooftops in the area.  Fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:00 p.m.

Key Biscayne will hold its annual patriotic parade.  You will be able to see flying jets, marching bands from the area, golf carts, numerous floats, and loads of 4th of July decorations.  The parade will go on Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive.  In the evening, the Village Green will have picnics and fireworks for you and the family to enjoy.

The city of Fort Lauderdale will host a 4th of July Spectacular event that you will not want to miss out on.  This event is totally free and is being held on Fort Lauderdale Beach and in Las Olas Oceanside Park, which is located at 3000 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  You cannot go wrong if you go to this free event.  The fun is scheduled to begin at noon and last until 9:15 p.m.  To keep you busy during the day, you can enjoy live music from the group B-52s! Yes, you read that right.  The B-52s will be putting on an epic show for everyone to enjoy from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  While you are on the beach, you can also participate in arts and craft projects, get your face painted, go down the water slides, play some games and try your luck at some contests they will have set up.  The firework show is scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m. and should last about thirty minutes.

Live bands, kid zones, beach games, contests, family activities, firework displays, and more will be set up in the area.  Kids zones will have nonstop exciting things for kids of all ages to enjoy.  There will be plenty of music, inflatable water slides, face painting, beach games, and more for everyone.

Adults can participate in old-fashioned hot dog and pie-eating contests.  Just make sure to bring some Tums or Pepto Bismol so you are not miserably uncomfortable for the entire day or even the weekend!

Miami Downtown Firework - SFL Media

Here is the schedule of events:

Kids Zone with live DJ, games, and water slides – On the beach south of Las Olas Boulevard. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra – Las Olas Oceanside Park. 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

B and B Experience – Las Olas Oceanside Park. 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Hot Dog and Apple Pie Eating Contests – Las Olas Oceanside Park. 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Juanabe – Fort Lauderdale Beach Stage. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The B-52s – Fort Lauderdale Beach Stage. 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Spectacular Fireworks – Fort Lauderdale Beach. 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

If you are brave enough to drive around in the area on the 4th of July, there are some traffic restrictions that will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.  Seabreeze Boulevard southbound cars will be diverted to Las Olas Boulevard going westbound.  Las Olas Boulevard eastbound traffic will be diverted to go south on Seabreeze Boulevard.  Las Olas Circle is closed north of Las Olas Garage.  The southbound lane of Birch Road will also be closed between Poinsettia Street and Cortez Street.  The turnaround south of the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center will not be open and lastly, Las Olas Boulevard will be closed to all cars between Seabreeze Boulevard and A1A.  It is recommended that if you live in the area to use your bicycle or walk to the festivities.  Just use the crosswalks and be visible to those that are driving.

If yachts are more your style, you can enjoy the 4th of July Yacht Party in Miami.  It will be held on June 30th and July 3rd from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The party will be located at The Guitar Hotel in Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood at 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314.  Here you can enjoy parties on a yacht, live music, a booze cruise and so much more.

4th of July in Fort Lauderdale

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale located at 20 West Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 will host the Red, White, and Mule event on July 1st starting at 4:00 p.m. until July 2nd at 3:00 a.m.  Here you will be able to enjoy red, white, and blue mule cocktails to kick off the holiday weekend.  Riverfront Happy Hour here will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  You will be able to enjoy mules, Mojitos, and Margaritas starting at $4 a drink which will increase by $1 every hour until 7:00 p.m.  You can call (954) 372-7606 or email hello@wharfftl.com for reservations.  You will get a free Wharf Bucket hat with your RSVP.

For the entire lineup of events in the Fort Lauderdale area, you can click here.  There is something for everyone to enjoy during the 4th of July weekend.  You can go to yacht parties, do a booze cruise, do a bar crawl, partake in a hot dog eating contest, or just sit on the beach and soak up the sun while you listen to live music and wait for epic firework shows.

No matter which event you choose to attend, make sure you are partying responsibly.  If you plan to drink, make sure you have a designated driver, water taxi, an Uber, or a Lyft driver.  Be sure to stay hydrated since the weather has been extremely hot and humid lately here in Florida.  Alternate your alcoholic drinks with cold water so you don’t end up passing out and missing out on the numerous events that are planned for the entire weekend.  There are plenty of restaurants in the area for you to enjoy if you are not having a cookout.  There are places you can feast on Italian food, upscale meals, Mexican food, Spanish food and so much more.  You will not go hungry while you are in the area enjoying the 4th of July.  Remember, drink responsibly, stay hydrated, eat locally, and have a blast! Happy 4th of July everyone!