Best Fourth of July Events in South Florida

Independence Day is always a fun time in Florida with festivals, fireworks and more. My favorite way to celebrate is doing a 5K and then relaxing on the beach. This year, there are lot of events going on for Fourth of July in South Florida, and I have a guest post to share some notable experiences. If you are looking for ways to enjoy the 4th of July in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and more, this guide has some ideas for you!

South Florida Fourth of July

Full Disclosure: This guest post by Lindsey Busfield is sponsored by Rhino Lawyers 

Whether you live in the Sunshine State all year round or just enjoy visiting each summer, if you’re here in early July, there’s plenty to do to celebrate Independence Day in the southern part of Florida! Choose from a wide variety of activities that are geared to fit your budget and lifestyle.

Anyone Up for a Moonlight Cruise?

If you head on down to Water Taxi stop 1 at 335, SE Sixth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale between July 2 and 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., you can enjoy a moonlight cruise along the water that includes live entertainment. Each ticket-holder is also entitled to two drinks from a full bar. You can even save $5 if you order your ticket ahead of time!

Tour the Famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

For less than $20, you can enjoy some Fourth of July BBQ fare on the grounds of an Italian Renaissance Museum that still contains original artwork and furnishings from the early 1900s. The spectacular blooms of the formal gardens set the tone for a day of beauty and sunshine in Miami.

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Keep the Party Going All Day Long

Book a stay at the Confidante Hotel in South Beach for your July Fourth celebration this year! Grab some BBQ any time from Friday through Sunday. Chill out by the pool in the evening for outdoor cocktails and movies. Take advantage of sangria and beer bucket specials while you listen to a live band, and if you’re feeling competitive, stop by the game room or challenge someone on the beach to a game of Giant Jenga!

Boat-side Appetizer Deliveries

Ceviche is a popular raw fish appetizer made with cubes of raw fish that are seasoned with fresh lemon or lime juice. Boaters on Biscayne Bay can order fresh ceviche for their Independence Day festivities. No need to dock your boat. Raw Bar 2 Go will bring your order to you on the water!

You can hang out on a sandbar with your friends while someone else takes care of food prep and deliveries!

Early Birds Will Love the Uncle Sam Jam in Delray

On Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the city of Delray will be celebrating America’s Independence Day! The Uncle Sam Jam at Pompey Park will feature food and merch vendors, as well as live entertainment and plenty of activities for kids! This is gearing up to be a super fun family event at one of the city’s largest parks!

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Run for the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

If you love to run and want to do something to help America’s wounded military veterans and their families, you can register to run the 4th of July Bill Bone 5k race in downtown West Palm Beach. A portion of all registration fees for this race, as well as any donations collected during the event go directly to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund. The start is set for 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be ordered online.

Doral is the Place to Be for Fireworks

Who doesn’t love the sights and sounds of a professional fireworks display on the Fourth of July? Everyone gets excited as they eagerly await the finale. Watching fireworks is a perfect way to end a day of celebration.

The first crackles of fireworks will light the sky at approximately 9:20 p.m. in Doral. Enjoy the display from your own backyard. The city’s Facebook and YouTube channels will also be streaming the display for the public to enjoy.

Fourth of July in South Florida Safety

Driver Safety

Be sure to plan plenty of extra time to drive safely and find parking. The Fourth of July is the single worst day of the year for auto accidents, causing on average 450 fatal accidents per year.

Many Fourth of July festivities serve alcohol, and some drivers unfortunately get behind the wheel after enjoying too many drinks.  If you are injured in an accident in Florida, it is important to seek medical attention immediately – especially due to Florida’s 14 Day Rule.

Covid Safety

While Florida enjoys a declining Covid case rate, it is still a good idea to wear a mask in crowded areas. As always, continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands after touching frequently used surfaces.

Heat Safety

While you are enjoying the festivities, you might not notice how much you are sweating in Florida’s summer heat. Remember to stay hydrated, balance alcohol with water, and wear sunscreen and protective clothing.

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Thank you to Lindsey for sharing these great South Florida Fourth of July Events and Rhino Lawyers for sponsoring this post. For more ideas of things to do in South Florida, check out my guides to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

And for those in Central Florida, check out my Things to do in Orlando for 4th of July blog post!