Visiting sunny Miami during this 4th of July holiday season? If so, you’ll likely be in search of some top local activities, events, and things to do to help celebrate the occasion.
Although you’ll find plenty of fireworks, Miami has more to offer than just your traditional fireworks show – much more!
If you’re looking for Miami 4th of July Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Miami in July, including…
- Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade
- Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise
- Miami Beach Fire on the 4th Festival
- Day Trip to Key West & Key Lime Festival
- and more…
Save on Admission to Popular Attractions
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Miami Card.
Choose as you go from dozens of Miami attractions & activities and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special July and 4th of July weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Miami Card.
4th of July Parade – Key Biscayne
July 4, 2018
If you’re up for an all-day long celebration, you might head to Key Biscayne’s 4th of July Parade.
Now in its 59th year, the jamboree features a traditional parade complete with creative homemade floats, high school marching bands, stilt walkers, bagpipers, and more.
Following the parade, head to the Village Green to enjoy a picnic on the grass while listening to live music. Of course, the night finishes off with fireworks at 9 PM.
During the the day, we suggest you head aboard a Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise. This is an an excellent thing to do if you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of the area.
Getting In: The Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade is free to watch. Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise tickets are included with the Go Miami Card.
America’s Birthday Bash – Bayfront Park
July 4, 2018
If your foremost goal for your 4th of July in Miami is finding the best or most iconic spot to watch the fireworks, consider joining the crowds at America’s Birthday Bash at Bayfront Park.
This popular party features a free Kids Zone, a massive beer garden, live music, lawn games, and one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida.
Tourists and locals alike flock to Bayfront Park for this all-day extravaganza.
Getting In: America’s Birthday Bash is free to attend.
Miami Beach Fire on the 4th Festival
July 4, 2018
This all-day festival is another great option for those of you looking for family entertainment.
It’s filled with live music, food trucks, DJs, and even yoga! It’s located in the North Shore Park Bandshell, at 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. The event runs from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
If you’d like to watch the fireworks from the beach itself, plan to arrive early to save a spot.
You may find trouble parking, though, so be sure to use their shuttle system to get to the event.
Getting In: Miami Beach Fire on the 4th Festival is free to attend.
July 4th Fireworks Celebration at the Biltmore Hotel
Another top local July 4th event can be found in charming Coral Gables. Enjoy a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, plenty of tasty concessions for purchase, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show in the evening.
The event is held on the Biltmore Hotel Golf Course, so you’ll get a beautiful view of the hotel from afar even if you won’t go inside.
The grounds open at 5:00 pm, the concert is at 7:00 pm, and the fireworks commence at 9:00 pm. We recommend taking the free shuttle to the Biltmore to avoid the hassle of parking.
Getting In: The July 4th Fireworks Celebration at the Biltmore Hotel is free to attend.
Miami Animal Attractions
Take advantage of the nice weather and give your kids a wonderful afternoon. Pay a visit to Jungle Island, modest in size but big on fun and education. See some of the world’s most amazing animals in areas like the feather-filled “Winged Wonders” and the felines of “Wild Encounter.”
Bonus: Jungle Island is re-opened with new and exciting things to do as of Memorial Day 2018, like the new Neo Splash Water Park pop-up.
Another option is Zoo Miami, which houses animals from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Amazon. The Playworld Playground is the perfect place for the kids to frolic after they’ve had their fill of animal adventures, too!
Outdoor Activities in Miami
It wouldn’t be a proper Miami vacation without some fun in the sun. Get off your feet and explore scenic South Beach with an informative bus tour of Miami. It’s a great, low-effort introduction to the city and it’s fun to boot!
If you prefer to be more active, rent a bike and explore the Art Deco district. You can also use your bike rentals as transportation to some of these fun 4th of July events, many of which offer specific bike parking.
The Key Lime Festival in Key WestA delightful local tradition is the Key Lime Festival, held each year around the 4th of July on Key West. It takes place this year from June 30 – July 4, 2018, and offers a wide variety of citrus-themed events from culinary demonstrations to cocktail judging contests.
If you’d like to explore Key West during this festival – or at another time – take a guided Key West Day Tip that escorts you all the way from Miami to this amazing island. There is much to explore, from arts and culture to food and drink.
Getting In: Key West Day Trip tickets are included with the Go Miami Card. The Key Lime Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the pass.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Miami in July to help you plan your 4th of July weekend itinerary.
Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Miami Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!