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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida beaches are booming this Fourth of July.

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It’s a patriotic blitz on Key Biscayne, starting with the traditional parade along Crandon Boulevard.

“It was started by the residents 50 years ago,” said Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Lindsay. “It’s a wonderful tradition, we love it.”

On Miami Beach, they are getting ready for a night of live entertainment with Sly and the Family Stone and Grand Funk Railroad at the North Shore Bandshell on Collins.

“The Fourth is about spending time with family and loved ones,” said beachgoer Susie Rodriguez.

Fort Lauderdale’s Fourth of July spectacular is a family affair with entertainment and a traditional pie eating contest.

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“Celebrating with my family, all of us. We are having a great time,” beachgoer Lauren B. told CBS4’s Joan Murray.

Beachgoers have soaked up the sun and every square-inch of sand.

And you don’t have to be an American to understand what Independence Day is all about.

“We are visiting from Norway!” one group told Murray.

But for each reveler, there are almost as many police officers. Ocean rescue was in overdrive, making sure swimmers were safe.

For a full list of all fireworks events happening all over South Florida, click here.

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