Why Do We Celebrate The 4th of July?
We celebrate the 4th of July because it represents the exact day in 1776 that the Second Continental Congress adopted the final wording of the Declaration of Independence, stating that the original thirteen colonies regarded themselves as separate from Great Britain, forming the United States of America. The American Revolution actually started in April 1775, the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was created in June 1776, the final document was signed on August 2, 1776, and was sent to Great Britain in November 1776. July 4th was the day Dunlap Broadsides printed the Declaration of Independence and circulated it throughout the nation. July 4th celebrations did not become popular until after Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died in the 1820s. July 4th became a national holiday almost 100 years later! And now, we celebrate our Independence Day, every year, with fireworks.
Why Do We Use Fireworks On The Fourth of July?
John Adams, one of the USA’s founding fathers and first Vice President, envisioned glorious Independence Day celebrations with fireworks and massive festivities until the end of time. So in the spirit of our founding fathers, where do you go to see the best fireworks in Miami and Fort Lauderdale? We thought you’d never ask! Check out our list below.
Our Founders Want Us To Celebrate Our Independence Day!
Where Do I Find the Best Fireworks in Miami?
1. Bal Harbor’s Fire On The Fourth presented by Coca-Cola
Celebrate the Fourth with food trucks, a DJ, and fireworks at North Shore Park Bandshell. Get there early because the beach is known to get crowded. Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Address: 8328 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
2. Bayfront Park’s America’s Birthday Bash
Celebrate in the heart of downtown Miami and thrill to one of South Florida’s largest fireworks displays. There will be music, food, a beer garden, kids’ activities, and, of course, plenty of fireworks. The park opens at noon, and fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Address: 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
3. Coconut Grove’s Picnic and Fireworks
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., CocoWalk will host its ninth-annual hot dog eating contest. Eight contestants will be chosen to eat as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes for a chance to win $300 worth of prizes. The celebration will also feature an old-fashioned picnic at The Barnacle, a fireworks celebration, and a medley of patriotic activities for entire family. The event is free. Pro tip: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, along with a cooler of eats to snack on before the display.
Address: 3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133
4. Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July Parade
The 57th-annual parade on Crandon Boulevard begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy the day on the key, and at 9 p.m. watch the fireworks, visible on the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Address: Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne.
5. American Airlines Arena 4th of July Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth of July at American Airlines Arena with music, games and a spectacular view from which to watch the various fireworks over Biscayne Bay. From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m on the XFINITY East Plaza and 601. Enjoy music from DJ R. Silva, a Martini & Rossi photo booth, an appearance from Burnie, classic games, and an All-American food and beverage menu as various fireworks light up the evening sky.
Address: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Where Do I Celebrate 4th of July in Fort Lauderdale?
1. Fort Lauderdale’s 4th OF July Spectacular
Celebrate America’s Independence Day at the City of Fort Lauderdale’s free 4th of July Spectacular! The Independence Day Celebration will feature a patriotic extravaganza featuring live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests, family activities and a dazzling fireworks display. The 4th of July Spectacular takes place on July 4 from 12:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Address: Fort Lauderdale Beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.
2. Hollywood Beach’s Star Spangled Spectacular
A day filled with fun and music filled on Tuesday, July 4th from 2 – 10 p.m. The award-winning Blue Wave Beach is ready to welcome you. Pick your fun along the beach at Charnow Park’s splash pad, playing beach games or relaxing under an umbrella. The celebration concludes with a star-spangled offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Address: 1500 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019
3. The Miramar AMP Grand Opening & 4th of July Celebration
July 4th will coincide with the Grand Opening of the City’s new Amphitheater (AMP). Enjoy a free concert with live performances by National Recording Artists: Eddie Santiago, Tavares, Kelly Price, France Joli, Wayne Wonder and a special guest performance by Yung Gordon, winner of the Miramar Day Celebration’s band showcase. Guests can also enjoy music by DJ, food trucks, food and novelty vendors, and a Kid’s Zone which is available for all ages: Extra large Inflatables, Face Painting Balloon Artists, and Local Vendors. The event will close with fireworks at approximately 9 pm. Shuttle services will be provided at the off-site parking lots on 16700-17100 Bass Creek Road between Everglades High School and Glades Middle School for $5 per car.
Address: 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027
4. Pembroke Pines’s Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth of July by attending the City of Pembroke Pines Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Pines Recreation Center Festival Grounds, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. We will be celebrating with music, food, and fireworks! Admission and Parking are FREE! Festival Grounds open at 6:00 pm.
Address: 7400 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines
5. Plantation’s 2017 Independence Day Celebration
Begin the day’s celebration with a parade at 9 a.m. Beginning at West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 46th Avenue, heading west to 69th Avenue, to Northwest Fourth Street, ending at City Hall with an awards ceremony. The Big City Dogs, the classic rock band, performs at 7 p.m. at the Central Park ball fields followed by Zambelli fireworks at 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale or bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blankets.
Address: 9151 NW 2nd St, Plantation, FL 33324
So in the spirit of John Adams, celebrate 4th of July until the end of time! Happy Independence Day America!