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Family 4th of July events

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Looking for a great way to celebrate Independence Day in South Florida with your family? Events include parades, concerts, picnics, competitions and plenty of fireworks at parks, beaches and city halls throughout the region.

Get a full list here (which you can view on a map view or in a list) or check out the following family-friendly events offered in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties:

BROWARD COUNTY

FOURTH OF JULY CRAFTS

July 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Be creative and patriotic this July 4th. Create a patriotic-themed craft to take home and enjoy, while supplies last, for all ages. Free. North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library, 6901 Kimberly Boulevard, Multipurpose Room, North Lauderdale. broward.org/library

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

July 3. Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show by acclaimed company Grucci of New York. The fireworks display will be choreographed to popular hit music. There will also be gourmet food trucks, live music and entertainment. If weather forces cancellation of the show, it will be held on July 4 at 9 p.m. 9 p.m. Free. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek. seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/

RED WHITE & BREWS

July 3. The outdoor festival includes food, barbecue, beer and drinks, with live band performances starting at 5 p.m. Headliners the Charlie Daniels Band are known for their Dove Award-winning gospel albums, genre-defining Southern rock anthems and CMA Award-winning country hits.Their hits include “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” 7 p.m. $39 - $79. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Blvd., Pembroke Pines. charlesfdodgecitycenter.com/

FLAMINGO GARDENS OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH

July 4, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Celebrate Fourth of July the old-fashioned way. Enjoy the Borowski art glass exhibit in the gardens, plus all the wonders of the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary. Play old-fashioned games such as a watermelon or pie-eating contest, sack race or hula hoop contest, plus crafts with the kids. DJ Digital Anarchy will be spinning your favorite 30s & 40s music. Wear your best 30s & 40s costume and win prizes. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. flamingogardens.org

"ANIMATION COMES TO LIFE" PARADE & FAMILY FUN DAY

July 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Animation-themed floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12th Street to City Park, where the celebration continues with free refreshments and a children's fun zone. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip. sunrisefl.gov/july4

SUNRISE CONCERT AND FIREWORKS

July 4, 4:30-9:30 p.m. There’s something for everyone at our nighttime celebration, including a children’s fun zone and an assortment of food and beverage vendors and three fantastic live bands Outdoors at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway. sunrisefl.gov/july4

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea on our nation’s birthday for a fun-filled extravaganza the whole family will enjoy. At 10 a.m., the parade will launch on El Mar Drive, full of BSO vehicles, fire trucks, and of course, Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. Make sure to bring bags to catch candy along the route. Family Fun Day happens from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at El Prado Park complete with a DJ, face painting, a giant water slide, and more. El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. lbtsevents.com

GULFSTREAM PARK TO HOST FREEDOM FEST JULY 4

July 4, 12-9 p.m. Gulfstream Park will host Freedom Fest on Wednesday, July 4. The celebration will feature an array of entertainment including live racing, family activities, giveaways, entertainment and a trackside Fireworks show. Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. Gulfstreampark.com

CORAL SPRINGS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT MULLINS PARK

July 4, 6-9 p.m. Families are encouraged to celebrate the holiday safely by enjoying a grand fireworks display set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Free admission, bounce houses and music. Nominal fees for kid’s craft activities, food and refreshments. There is a $3 parking fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. Mullins Park is at 10000 Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th Street). coralsprings.org

PLANTATION INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

July 4, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Broward Blvd. and N.W. 46th Ave. heading west and ending at City Hall. Free concert and fireworks in the afternoon. Refreshments available for purchase or bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs. plantation.org

DEERFIELD BEACH 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 12-9 p.m. Each year the Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency sponsors the City of Deerfield Beach's 4th of July Celebration and we are extremely excited for the fast approaching event. Relax on the beach and join in the festivities as we celebrate the independence of our great nation. There will be music and vendors that will provide a variety of arts & crafts, local foods and ice cold beverages. Don’t forget to stay for the famous Deerfield Beach fireworks show. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave. deerfield-beach.com

PEMBROKE PINES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS SHOW

July 4, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July by attending the City of Pembroke Pines Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show. We will be celebrating with music, food and fireworks. Admission and Parking are FREE. Pines Recreation Center Festival Grounds, 7400 Pines Blvd. ppines.com

POMPANO BEACH 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

July 4, 5-11 p.m. Live music and an array of fireworks that is sure to impress. Fireworks will be launched from a floating barge in the ocean off of the end of the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Near Pompano Beach Fishing Pier at the Public Beach. pompanobeachfl.gov

MIRAMAR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy music by our DJ, food trucks, food and novelty vendors, and a kids zone while you await a spectacular fireworks show. Bring blankets and chairs. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar. miramarfl.gov

TAMARAC 4TH OF JULY ALL-AMERICAN CELEBRATION

July 4, 6-9 p.m. Celebrate the biggest and best birthday party in Tamarac at the All American Celebration Event with a free outdoor concert featuring CHILL FACTOR, kid’s area with inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, games, and food trucks. Grab your lawn chairs and your camera and get a snapshot with Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross. The night’s not over until after the impressive and choreographed pyrotechnical firework display. Shuttle available. Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77th St. tamarac.org

WESTON 4TH OF JULY HOMETOWN CELEBRATION PARADE

July 4, 10:30 a.m. Join us at the City of Weston’s 2018 Fourth of July Hometown Parade. Participants including elected leaders, local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands, organizations and residents gather to march in Weston’s biggest and most exciting event. The Parade starts at Town Center Blvd. and Three Village Road. It heads down Three Village Road and then winds its way down Main Street in Weston Town Center. westonfl.org

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR CELEBRATION OF HOLLYWOOD BEACH

July 4, 6-10 p.m. The much anticipated summertime treat of spending the day on the beach with a gathering of family and friends is on its way. Preparations are underway for a fun and music filled 4th of July. The award-winning Blue Wave beach is ready to welcome you. The celebration concludes with a star spangled offshore fireworks display. hollywoodfl.org

MARGATE 4th OF JULY PARADE AND FIREWORKS

July 4, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The City of Margate and the Margate CRA will host the annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Celebration. The parade down Margate Boulevard, from 76th Avenue to City Hall and later the fireworks show. margatefl.com

RED, WHITE, & VIEW

July 4, 7:30-10 p.m. Get the best seat in the County and view fireworks atop the hill at Vista View Park. Depending on weather conditions, Independence Day viewers may be able to see the patriotic displays from Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Sunrise, and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of those shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. when the sun goes down. Get to the park early to reserve your spot. Viewers are encouraged to bring beach chairs, blankets, food, and beverages. No fireworks are launched from the park. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave., Davie.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BAYFRONT PARK

July 4, 10 a.m. Music, food and drink, kids' zone, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the city overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Limited parking. miami4thofjuly.com.

HIALEAH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

July 4, 4-10 p.m. Live musical entertainment, Kid Zone, food trucks food and more. Fireworks show includes a 20-foot video screen in sync with music, lasers and light. Parking and admission are free. Ted Hendricks Stadium, Milander Park, 4800 W. Palm Ave., Hialeah. hialeahfl.gov.

STAR-SPANGLED AWESOME: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS SHOW

July 4, 12 p.m. Fun, food, and fireworks. The Wharf is a 21+ venue. Children accompanied by parents & leashed dogs welcome before 6 p.m. Proper dress attire required. The Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Drive, Miami. wharfmiami.com

KEY BISCAYNE 4TH OF JULY PARADE AND FIREWORKS

July 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The 59th annual parade will have jets flying over, marching bands, marching golf carts, red-white-and-blue floats and tons of special entertainment. Parade begins at 11 a.m. fireworks at 9 p.m. Crandon Boulevard, from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive. kb4.org

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS CELEBRATION: SPECTACULAR GABLES FOURTH

July 4, 5-9 p.m. Colorful fireworks will once again light the night skies over Coral Gables this July 4th. Join us for an unforgettable evening. Biltmore Golf Course, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Free shuttle service. coralgables.com

THE BARNACLE OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PICNIC

July 4, 11 a.m. Celebrate Independence Day the good old-fashioned way at The Barnacle, with music, food, games & crafts for the whole family. Adults $5, children 6-11 $3, under 6 free. The Barnacle Historic State Park at 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Thebarnacle.org

COCOWALK'S ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4, 3-7 p.m. Live music and fun activities for the entire family, face painting, appearance by Lady Liberty, and of course, the annual hot-dog-eating competition. Bring picnic, lawn chairs and blankets, coolers, no alcohol please. CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Cocowalk.net

PICNIC AND FIREWORKS AT PEACOCK PARK

July 4, 6-9 p.m. Bring picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fantastic fireworks show. Peacock Park at 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Coconutgrove.com

HOMESTEAD CELEBRATIONS "RACE TO THE 4TH" AT MIAMI SPEEDWAY

July 4, 6-10 p.m. A family event and a community tradition featuring live music, rides and rock walls for children, food trucks and drink vendors, games and fireworks. Homestead Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd, Homestead. cityofhomestead.com

BLACK POINT PARK MARINA 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR

July 4, fireworks at 9 p.m. All-day family fun. Enjoy the great outdoors while exploring the park's bikeways, scenic jogging trails, or 1.5 mile long jetty into the Bay. Grab a delicious bite to eat and raise a glass to Old Glory at Black Point Ocean Grill, the dockside restaurant and bar; or bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a family picnic. End the day with the spectacular fireworks display. Black Point Park and Marina, 24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami. miamidade.gov/parks/black-point-marina.asp

THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BAND OF THE SOUTH

July 7, 7 p.m. Free music by The Air National Guard Band of the South. Tickets are free and can be obtained by phone or in person at the box office by calling 786-573-5300 starting Saturday, June 23. 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. smdcac.org

PALM BEACH COUNTY

STAR-SPANGLED BAND SHOWCASE

July 3, 5-10 p.m. Live concert contest, winner performs July 4th. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave. lakeworth.org/events

BOCA RATON 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 5:30 p.m. This free family fun event will have a kids fun zone, concessions on site, a welcome booth and interactive prize wheel, live music by The Fabulous Fleetwoods and fireworks. Sunset Cove Amphitheatre, 20405 Amphitheater Circle, Boca Raton. pbcamphitheaters.com

FOURTH ON FLAGLER

July 4, 5–10 p.m. One of South Florida’s largest free outdoor Independence Day events. This year’s 30th anniversary celebration includes a military honor ceremony, live music and 18-minute fireworks display. West Palm Beach waterfront. wpb.org/Departments

DELRAY BEACH’S JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

July 4, 5–10 p.m. This Independence Day celebration features nonstop main-stage entertainment (including the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors), family activities, a beer garden and fireworks. Beachside at Atlantic Avenue & A1A. julyfourthdelraybeach.com

BOYNTON BEACH FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Enjoy live progressive rock music, food vendors and children activities. Bring chairs and blankets. There is limited parking at Intracoastal park; complimentary buses will shuttle. Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. boynton-beach.org

BOCA RATON FABULOUS FOURTH

July 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and performances, carnival rides, games and crafts, food and drinks, and of course, fabulous fireworks to end the night. Blankets & lawn chairs permitted. Free parking will be plentiful with several nearby public parking lots. Countess de Hoernle Park / Spanish River Athletic Facility, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. myboca.us

GREENACRES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION "IGNITE THE NIGHT"

July 4, 5:30-10 p.m. A patriotic celebration featuring musical entertainment, Most Patriotic Dressed contest, games, arts & crafts, wristbands for inflatable amusements (slides, obstacle course, rock wall, etc) and food available for purchase, and a spectacular fireworks display. Samuel J. Ferreri Community Park, 2905 Jog Road, Greenacres. greenacresfl.gov

PATRIOTIC POOL PARTY

July 4, 12-5 p.m. Games and activities are scheduled throughout the day. Regular admission applies at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. wellingtonfl.gov

WELLINGTON 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

July 4, 6-9 p.m. Fireworks, live music, food and kids’ activities including face painting, inflatable bounce houses and a petting zoo. Village Park Athletic Complex, 11700 Pierson Road. wellingtonfl.gov

CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S 242ND BIRTHDAY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH

July 4, 1-10 p.m. Featured entertainment will include great bands, food vendors and a Kids Fun Zone packed with carnival style rides, slides, games, and fun, wristband purchase $10. Village of Royal Palm Beach, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. pottcevents.com

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