By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This July 4th weekend will be nothing short of amazing on Miami Beach as residents and visitors get ready for the four-day weekend and Independence Day celebrations. There are two major events being organized that promise fun for all ages and spectacular fireworks.
One of the biggest and most popular July 4th celebrations in Miami Beach, Fire on the Fourth Festival at the North Shore Bandshell Park (Collins Ave. and 73rd St.), promises all the best possible red, white and blue outdoor entertainment at the beach.
Presented by Coca-Cola and Miami’s own 93.9 MIA radio station, the event will start at 12 Noon with food trucks rolling in as activities for kids kick-off the fun. Children will be able to enjoy a rock-climbing wall, a bungee jump station, an inflatable water slide, face painting, among others until 4PM. At 2PM there will be a National Anthem Performance and a Top Dog Culinary Challenge led by local restaurants.
DJ Joey Brooks will bring the best beats to the event from 2PM until 6PM. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and portable chairs so you can cozy-up with loved ones, or dance it out, all leading up to the grand finale at 9PM with the spectacular fireworks show.
Another happening celebration is further south, the Annual Fourth of July fireworks show on Ocean Drive. This year the Ocean Drive Association and the City of Miami Beach will be presenting an “orchestral performance” by the Miami Classical Music Festival starting at 8:30 PM at Lummus Park at Ocean Drive and 5th and 15th St.
Ceci Velasco, Executive Director at Ocean Drive Improvement Association explained what was new this year, “In the past we have had a tradition of spectacular fireworks. This year we want to add to that tradition with programming in the park.”
Adding, “On the South end of Lummus, a kids zone [will start] at 5PM with stilt walkers, face painting, an art tent by Painting with a Twist, magician, snow cones and more. Then across from the Versace Mansion a full orchestral performance at 8:30 PM by Miami Classical Music Festival with the fireworks going off at 9PM while the orchestra plays the 1812 Overture.”
Velasco shared, “I am thrilled to bring great talent together with neighbors and guests, it’s our gift to the city. Ocean Drive is host to many international visitors and this gives them a glimpse of our traditions as we celebrate our independence.”
If a more private celebration at sea is preferred, boat rentals are also available at the Miami Beach Marina. There are several firework shows that can be enjoyed while sailing, choose from the ones in Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, Downtown Miami or Key Biscayne.