South Florida puts the flash in fireworks with parties for the family, old fashioned and young at heart. Continuing the annual tradition of listing the best in South Florida soirees comes this year’s list that won’t disappoint. Some events from last year’s list, Best 4th of July Parties In South Florida, are returning for more while others events take their turn in the sun. One thing is for sure, you’re in for an explosive night with or without fireworks.

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America’s Birthday BashBayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-7550

Date: July 4, 2014 at 11 a.m

Bayfront Park has the most grandiose 4th of July festivities. Bring a friend or a child and prepare to join the masses for a firework display above the bay. There’s plenty of shopping to be done with the usual concessions available at the mall and musicians to keep the party going. During past events, the celebration has included pony rides and a kid zone for children to tire themselves out before witnessing the fireworks at night. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find the perfect parking and viewing spot.

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Independence Music FestivalNikki Beach
One Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-1111

Date: July 4, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Nikki Beach has always been the place to be seen in Miami Beach from its scantily clad waitresses to its sheer white motif, exuding the essence of South Beach decadence. Each year, Nikki Beach holds its annual IndepenDANCE where partygoers can sip on cocktails, avoid the crowds and watch Miami Beach’s famous fireworks display. For its 10th anniversary, the IndepenDANCE has expanded into the weekend-long Independence Music Festival featuring DJs, dancing and more. So put a little something extra in your 4th of July celebration and have a real story to tell at work.

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Old Fashioned 4th of July PicnicThe Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 442-6866

Date: July 4, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic is a South Florida family tradition. For a few brief hours, your family can escape the congestion of traffic, the flashiness of the beach and the apathy of the city to travel back in time to a land where quality family matters and heartfelt emotions are exchanged over a picnic basket in a park. Come to Barnacle Historic State Park with your own picnic basket or purchase one onsite and enjoy the sunshine and grass in its natural state as your children play games and hunt for lost treasure. General admission is $5 and children under six are admitted for free. See the website for more details.

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4th of July Spectacular 2014Fort Lauderdale Beach
A1A and Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 828-5363

Date: July 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has its own celebration planned on the 4th. Gather the family for the annual 4th of July Spectacular featuring food, rides and fireworks. Every year the event begins in the afternoon, allowing families to peruse the beach to view the sights and kids to play in the waves before having their faces painted. Then families can pick the perfect spot to view the fireworks extravaganza that night. It’s a full day of fun for the price of parking. See the website for transportation options.

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Miami Nice Independence Day Weekend All White Yacht PartySouth Beach Lady Yacht
301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
(718) 930-3959

Date: July 5, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

After the 4th of July fireworks have ended, there’s still a whole weekend leftover. So ditch your family for some grown and sexy fun. Miami Nice is having an Independence Day Weekend All White Yacht Party on the South Beach Lady that spans for two days. Partiers begin boarding at 11:30 p.m. and dance the night away until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. DJ Prince and DJ Snap will be on hand to spin the latest in hip hop and a light buffet will be provided to soothe your appetite before a night of debauchery, proving that nice can be naughty. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase them early.

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