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Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks in South Florida

Where to watch fireworks on July 4 in South Florida.


Broward County

Coconut Creek: Fireworks show by Grucci Sunday. The 22-minute fireworks show will be choreographed to music and include a number of popular hits. If weather forces cancellation of the show, it will be held 9 p.m. Monday. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. 954-977-6700,

Coral Springs: Fourth of July celebration. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and includes bounce houses and music. There will be a nominal fee for kids' craft activities, food and refreshments. Grand fireworks display is set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Parking fee is $3 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Dr. (NW 29th St.) 954-345-2200,

Davie: Vista View Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing. Everyone knows that when it comes to watching fireworks displays, the higher up you are the better. That's why the park has become a popular spot for Fourth of July fireworks viewing over the past several years. The park's hill, at 65 feet above sea level, is the highest manmade elevation in South Florida. Last year, more than a thousand people took in the fireworks from atop the hill, and this year promises to be no different. Depending on weather conditions, visitors may be able to see the displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise and possibly even Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of these pyrotechnics are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but you're welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets and come early to get a good spot. The park opens at 8 a.m., and the entry fee is good for admission all day — present your receipt for reentry. Admission before 7:30 p.m. will be the park's regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and younger are free). The price will go up to $2 per person at 7:30 p.m. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments, although no hard liquor and no glass containers are allowed. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no fireworks (including sparklers), grilling or horses will be permitted in the park. Take note: The park's shelters and playgrounds will close at 7:30 p.m. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave. 954-357-8898.

Flamingo Gardens' Old-fashioned July 4th: Step back in time this Fourth of July with old-fashioned games,1950s costume contests, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, 50s music by DJ Digital Anarchy and Fourth of July crafts. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $9.95 for ages 12 and older, $6.45 for ages 3-11, 2 and younger are free. Narrated Tram tour is included. No other coupons or discounts apply. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955,

Deerfield Beach: July 4th Celebration. The activities take place noon-9 p.m. and include entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors. The schedule is as follows: Whisky Six noon-1 p.m., Army Gideon 1:30-2:30 p.m., Caribbean Chillers 3-4:30 p.m., the Regs 5:15-6:45 p.m. and Eaglesmania (Eagles Tribute Band) 7:30-9 p.m. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle pick-ups are available at: The Cove Shopping Center, 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 363 SE 12th Ave. (east side of complex). Please note that shuttles will run continuously until 5:45 pm. They will resume at 11 p.m., continuing through midnight. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave. 954-480-4429,

Fort Lauderdale: 4th of July Spectacular. The holiday activities include Kids' Zone with DJ, music, bounce houses, face painting, beach games and old-fashioned hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests noon-4:30 p.m. Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac rock 4:30-5:45 p.m. Brass Evolution performs 6:15-9 p.m. The 30-minute fireworks show over Atlantic Ocean (simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM) takes off at 9 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. 954-828-5363,

4th of July Village Street Festival. Located just one block west of Fort Lauderdale Beach and just south of the Bonnet House, North Beach Village Resort's Plaza Bistro is steps from Fort Lauderdale beach. From 5 to 9 p.m., this free event will feature family-friendly entertainment, activities and a DJ. American food favorites will be available for purchase. The Fort Lauderdale Beach fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. 2900 Belmar St., Fort Lauderdale. 754-229-3870.

Hallandale Beach: Freedom Fest Celebration on Sunday includes live racing, family activities, giveaways, entertainment, summer sidewalk sale, music, food trucks, DJs, dancing and barbecue buffet. The kids' area features a kid-friendly DJ, face painters, a tattoo artist and stilt walkers. Grucci fireworks show begins 9:30 p.m. Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway. 954-454-7000,

Dogs, Fireworks, Food, Fun on Saturday. Mardi Gras Casino gets in on the holiday action Saturday with a hot dog-eating contest, barbecue noon-6 p.m., Orange Sunshine Band performing 4-8 p.m., a National Anthem Singing Contest 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-924-3200,

Hollywood: This July 4th celebration is back for a fourth year. The festivities include a cigar lounge, entertainment, food trucks and fireworks. The fun takes place 7-10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way. 866-502-7529.

Hollywood Beach: Spend the holiday on the beach with family and friends. Visit Charnow Park's (1500 N. Broadwalk) splash pad, play beach games, relax under an umbrella or grab a percussion instrument to play along with beachside entertainers. Music and games with DJ Tony Mixx begin at 2 p.m. High Tolerance takes the stage at 4 and 7 p.m. Ploomie & the Steel Harmonix appear 1-4 p.m. at the Johnson Street Plaza, and Fun Zone activities can be enjoyed here 2-5 p.m. The celebration concludes with a patriotic offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m. 954-921-3404,

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Fourth of July Celebration. As always, this year's event, presented by the city's Volunteer Fire Department, begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on Bougainvillea Drive (behind Town Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive), heading north to Pine Avenue, east to El Mar Drive, south to Palm Avenue and then west to Bougainvillea before heading north and ending at Town Hall. Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Prado Park, will feature a waterslide and fire truck for the kids, as well as other fun activities. Holiday fare will include hot dogs, lemonade and other kid-friendly food. Fireworks will be shot off the beach about two blocks north of Commercial Boulevard. El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Dr. 954-640-4250,

Margate: Independence Day Celebration. The parade begins at 9 a.m., traveling down Margate Boulevard eastbound from 76th Avenue to Margate City Hall, where there will be post-parade refreshments and family activities. Cool off at Calypso Cove waterpark (6200 Royal Palm Blvd., 954-974-4566), open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A steel drum band will perform and kids can get their faces painted. Admission is $4 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Food trucks and concert take place between 5 and 9 p.m. at Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. Party band Pangea performs at 6 p.m. Fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. 954-972-6458,

Miramar: Independence Day Celebration. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and include water slides, bounce houses, food trucks and novelty vendors. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 954-602-3319,

Pembroke Pines: Fourth of July Celebration. Kids' activities and rides, a concert by Higher Ground and food trucks roundup (starting at 6 p.m.) will all be part of the holiday fun. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. 954-435-6525,

Plantation: Independence Day Celebration. The schedule of events is as follows: parade at 9 a.m. beginning at Broward Boulevard and NW 46th Avenue, heading west to 69th Avenue, to Northwest Fourth Street, ending at City Hall. Mr. Nice Guy, a variety/top 40's band, plays at 7 p.m. at Central Park ball fields. Bring along a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blanket. Zambelli fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW Second Street. 954-452-2510,

Pompano Beach: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with Journey tribute band Chain Reaction, followed by emcee Kenny Walker and 102.7 the Beach Radio Station. Fireworks launch by the end of the fishing pier. Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-786-4111,

Sunrise: "Hooray for Hollywood" Parade and Family Fun Day. At 9 a.m., movie-themed floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from Northwest 12th Street to City Park, where the fun continues with children's entertainment. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip. 954-747-4600,

July 4th Celebration outdoor festival. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the festivities include live music, fireworks, food and beverage vendors, children's rides and inflatables. The music starts at 6 p.m. with a set by local pop-rock cover band Havoc 305. Musical headliners Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are the masters of contemporary swing, jazz and big-band sounds. Their horn-infused, high-energy show goes on at 7:30 p.m. The evening concludes with 9 p.m. fireworks. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 954-835-7000,

Weston: "A Weston 4th: Celebrating 20 Years" Parade and 5K Run. No fireworks here, but the parade lineup is at 9:30 a.m., and the march begins at 10:30 a.m. from Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road, concluding on Main Street. The annual 5K begins at 7 a.m. in Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321). Register at Cost is $20. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St. 954-385-2000,

Palm Beach County

Boca Raton: Fabulous Fourth Celebration. Activities commencing at 6:30 p.m. will include Klime Wallz. The All-Star Band will play classic rock n' roll at 7 p.m. Fireworks blast off at 9 p.m. Spanish River Athletics Complex at deHoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd 561-393-7995,

Sunset Cove July 4th Celebration. The ninth annual event starting at 6:30 p.m. features patriotic tunes from the Gardens Pops Orchestra, a kids' area, food and beverage concessions (including dessert food trucks). Jugglers, balloon makers and airbrush artists will be roving. A fireworks display closes out the night. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-488-8069.

Boynton Beach: Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy some live music 6-10:30 p.m. Featured entertainers include New Horizons Band (R&B and blues and jazz) 6-7:15 p.m. and Never Stop Believin' (Journey tribute band) 7:30-8:30 p.m., and then continuing after the fireworks until 10:20 p.m. Continuous activities are planned in the Kids' Corner including arts and crafts and a watermelon eating contest. Food and beverage vendors will be on site throughout the entire event. A special patriotic salute will start at 8:45 p.m. The evening culminates in a spectacular, musically choreographed fireworks display at 9 p.m. sharp. Limited seating will be available and spectators can bring their own blankets and chairs. A free park and ride shuttle from Boynton Beach City Hall (100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.) and from Ezell Hester Center (1901 N. Seacrest Bvld.) will be available 5:30-11 p.m. The final departures from both locations to the event will be at 8:30 p.m. with the shuttles resuming from Intracoastal Park 9:30-11:00 p.m. Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway. 561-742-6246,

Delray Beach: Family activities at this year's celebration start at 8 a.m. with a sandcastle contest on the beach. Family beach games will take place by the sandcastle noon-8 p.m. Kids' Corner 4-8 p.m. includes face painting, craft activities, photo booth and giant community mural. Kool 105.5 Splash Zone and dunk tanks are also 4-8 p.m. Adults can cool down at the Beer Garden. There will also be a custard-eating contest for kids (5:30 p.m.) and a burger-eating contest for adults (6 p.m.). Holidazed takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., then headliner Daya performs at 8:15 p.m. The 20-minute Zambelli fireworks show launches at 9 p.m. from the north end of the beach. It is synchronized to music on Wild 95.5. Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue. 561-274-0424,

Green Acres: Ignite the Night Independence Day Celebration. This annual patriotic celebration at 5:30 pm features music by Rogue Theory Project, "Most Patriotic Dressed" contest, stilt walker, rides, games, arts and crafts and food vendors. Fireworks light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2180,

Lake Worth: Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks. The Great American Raft Race kicks off the festivities with the Parade of the Rafts at 11:30 a.m., traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bryant Park. Family fun activites are scheduled 1-10 p.m. The musical groups performing on the Main Stage are: Mike Mineo, Marijah Speziale, Franscene, Raggy Monster and Odyssey Road (Journey tribute band). Fireworks will light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road. 561-533-7335,

Royal Palm Beach: Two Day Independence Celebration. Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off with a bang on Sunday evening with a Kids Fun Zone, food vendors and art and craft vendors 5-9 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased for $5. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways (Jimmy Buffet tribute band) will entertainment at 7 p.m. The July 4th celebration will feature rides, slides and games. Wristbands may be purchased for $10. In addition, there will be volleyball, cornhole and bass fishing tournaments 1-8 p.m. A Food Truck invasion consists of over 20 gourmet food trucks selling delectible treats. Art and craft vendors will be selling local artists' wares. The Boss Project (Bruce Springsteen tribute band) plays at 4 p.m., followed by Turnstiles (Billy Joel tribute band) at 6 p.m., then 42 (tribute to Coldplay) is the finale at 8 p.m. All this will be capped off by the Zambelli fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. Avoid traffic delays by arriving early and staying late. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Off-site parking is at Village Hall and Cultural Center. Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. 561-753-1232,

Wellington: Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a cool dip at the Patriotic Pool Party noon-5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 Forest Hill Blvd., 561-791-4770). Regular pool entrance fees apply. The Fourth Celebration will feature traditional games, bounce houses and slides, obstacle courses, rock wall, face painting, petting zoo, free bingo, food trucks and pony rides 6-10 p.m. at the Village Park. The Long Run (Eagles tribute band) will provide the musical entertainment. Free shuttle transportation service will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop by Nordstrom 5:30-10 p.m. Fireworks light up at 9:15 p.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. 561-791-4005,

West Palm Beach: Fourth on Flagler, South Florida's largest free outdoor Independence Day celebration starting at 5 p.m., features two stages of entertainment. National recording artist the Rua will perform. There will also be children's activities, a military-honor ceremony, flag unfurling, an assortment of craft beer and food vendors, life-size games of foosball, human bowling and more ($5 wristband required for games). An extravaganza of pyrotechnics synced to music will fill the sky for 18 minutes starting at 9 p.m. Waterfront Promenade & City Commons, 101 S. Flagler Drive. 561-822-1515,

BBQ, Brews & Blues: On Saturday, guests can enjoy Southern soul food such as pulled pork, collard greens along with craft beer. Prices vary. Blues legend Joey Gilmore and Grammy-nominated duo Ike & Val Woods will be performing. Catch the trolley, available from downtown West Palm Beach 5-9 p.m. Historic Northwest Neighborhood, three blocks north of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-822-1515,

Miami-Dade County

Coconut Grove: 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks. The Barnacle's (3485 Main Highway, 305-442-6866) annual Old-fashioned Picnic is 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and CocoWalk's (3015 Grand Ave.) Hot Dog Eating Competition is at 6 p.m. The celebration then heads over to Peacock Park 6-9 p.m. The fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road. 305-443-2604,

Coral GablesFourth of July Celebration: This year's event will include patriotic anthems by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. CBS4 news anchor Rick Folbaum will be the master of ceremonies. Golf course greens open to the public at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9 pm. Complimentary shuttle service starts at 5 p.m. Free parking is at: BankUnited Center Surface Lot, 1245 Dauer Drive; War Memorial Youth Center Parking Lot, 405 University Drive; Parking Garage 4 – City Hall Shuttle Stop, 385 Andalusia Ave. The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Free bike valet parking is at William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center next to the Biltmore. Hours of operation are 5-11 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. 305-460-5205,

Doral: Independence Day Celebration. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. The grand finale, "America Through the Decades" fireworks show, is at 9:20 p.m. Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave. 305-593-6600,

Homestead: Race to the 4th Annual Independence Day Bash: Some of the highlights include music, food trucks and kids' activities. Main Highway and Above the Skyline will be rocking the track. Also, a limited number of $20 tickets for guests 13 years old and up for the Champions Club event will be available for purchase at the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department (350 SE Sixth Ave.). The tickets include VIP parking inside the stadium and food and soft drinks served inside the Club, which offers a preferred view of the fireworks from above. Tickets for children ages 7-12 cost $10, and children who are under 6 years old can get in for free with a ticket. Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd. 305-224-4570, The fireworks display at 9 p.m., synced to patriotic music, will inspire pride in all attendees.

Miami: America's Birthday Bash. The park is open all day for lots of fun. Free yoga takes place 9 a.m. at the Tina Hills Pavilion. The younger set will enjoy Kids' Zone 3-7 p.m. Big kids will be most appreciative of the Beer Garden, open noon-10 p.m., in addition to musical entertainment. Fireworks take off from barges at 9 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. 305-358-7550,

Miami Beach: Grand Funk Railroad headlines this rockin' Fourth party. Here is the schedule: Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach at 9 a.m. Food trucks are open for business at 11 a.m. DJ starts spinning at noon. Later, Family Stone opens at 5 p.m., and then Grand Funk Railroad performs at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Free shuttle info: two park and ride locations where drop-off/pick-up will be taking place are North Shore Bandshell Park and 42nd Street/Sheridan Ave. The shuttles may be flagged down at any MDT stop along this route. Service will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7000,

Please note: Most events take place on Monday, July 4, and are free unless otherwise indicated. The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages, glass containers, cans, weapons, sparklers and personal fireworks. Some places do not allow coolers, backpacks, lawn chairs carried in a bag or personal grills. Pets should be left at home.

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