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Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Miami and Miami Beach

Here are our Top 5 Spots in Miami and Miami Beach to Catch the Fireworks this Year

If you’re coming to Miami for the fourth of July, there are some things you oughta know. Like it’s gonna be uncomfortably hot. And it might rain. And those loud bangs you hear might not be fireworks, so watch your back. You might also want to know the best spots to watch our glorious fireworks displays, whether they’re over downtown, Miami Beach, or a residential lake in Kendall where the neighbors compete to see who can detonate the most illegal explosives.

Sadly, we can only help you with the first two. So here we present the top 5 places to catch the show this 4th of July.

5. Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Blvd Miami
(305) 358-7550

This downtown public park is gonna be mobbed if you try and get there near sundown. And forget about parking. Your best bet is to park somewhere in Brickell or downtown and take the Metromover to the Bayside station and eat dinner somewhere there. Then stroll over to the park after and hold down your spot to wait for the show.

4. The Mondrian
1100 West Ave, Miami Beach
(305) 514-1500

The usually-exclusive bayside luxury hotel in South Beach opens its pool to the public on 4th of July, allowing for the best view of the bay’s fireworks over downtown along West Ave. It’s the only pool on the west side of the island open to the public, and has no cover plus a full menu of specially-grilled food for the Fourth and plenty of cold drinks.  Definitely worth checking out if you want an awesome pool party before the big display.

3. Mike’s at Venetia
555 NE 15th St Miami
(305) 374-5731

The cool thing about Miami is that we have several large fireworks displays, giving you the opportunity to watch multiple shows at once. And to catch both the Beach and City fireworks, there’s no better place to watch than this locals bar on the 9th floor of the Venetia . You might find a comparable view in some luxury highrise, but at Mike’s you can relax outside on the expansive back patio, and the drink and food prices are extremely reasonable.

2. Lummus Park
5th-14th St & Ocean Dr
Miami Beach

While most of the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive offer pretty good views of the Beach’s show, the only way to get a front row, over-the-water view is from Lummus Park between 5th and 14th on Ocean Drive. The park itself is behind some dunes from the actual beach, and while technically the beach is closed after dusk, on the 4th it’s not really enforced. Remember: Parking and traffic will be unbearable in the evening, so if you’re going to catch the fireworks here head out to the beach early and make a day out of it. And by early, I mean before noon. Those garages fill up quick.

1.South Pointe Park
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7006

Unless you want to drop a few hundred on dinner at Smith and Wollensky, South Pointe Park is the best place in Miami to catch all the fireworks. The high mound in the park’s center allows early-arrivers to get a skybox view of both the City and Beach fireworks shows. But even if you can’t perch yourself up there, the park itself gives you the best sightlines to both shows in Miami. Plus, you can lay out on the grass and just look up in the sky, without the pesky sand that gets everywhere when you’re on the beach.



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About the Author: Matt Meltzer is a featured columnist at Miami Beach 411.

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