SOUTH FLORIDA (WSVN) — Multiple events allowed residents in South Florida to celebrate the 4th of July and as the jamboree unraveled, everyone involved is looking forward to a good time.

As celebrations kicked off in Weston Monday night, preparations were in progress across Miami-Dade and Broward counties for another day of excitement.

At 9 a.m. in Sunrise, the “Lights, Camera, Action!” Parade & Family Fun Day was underway as people picked their spots along Sunset Strip to watch the parade take place. The parade is set to end at City Park where children can enjoy activities for the rest of the day.

“It’s a community parade where all the citizens come out and we can enjoy it early in the morning and have the rest of our day,” said one attendee at the Sunrise parade.

People came early to put up tents and tables so they get a nice spot to view the parade.

“We woke up nice and early and dropped off the golf carts here so we would have a good spot,” said Felipe, an attendee at the parade.

Two people shared their experience out in the heat as they enjoyed the jollity.

“Come up here you know, put up a tent, you know get a couple of coolers and chairs, and just play great music and celebrate America’s birthdays,” said Ricardo Avila, an attendee.

Between parades and parties on the sand, this year’s celebrations are set to be a blast.

Another parade in Plantation welcomed Norma Fink, a 101-year-old woman who still works for the city, as their Grand Marshall. They paraded down the streets of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea before residents got cozy on the sand to enjoy a holiday beach day.

Over on Fort Lauderdale Beach, notably one of Broward’s biggest parties, early celebratory activities were provided for children, like bounce houses and icy treats for the heat scorching the state. Flo Rida performed at around 7:30 p.m. on stage.

“It’s amazing for the kids and family. I got my kids out here, an amazing time, I love it,” said Kendall LeSu

“Post Covid just enjoying being outside and being with people,” said Katie Brewer.

The merriment also brought on more police to the beach as the increased gun violence in recent days brought on concerns during the holiday.

If you are in Coral Gables, The Biltmore is setting up for its 4th of July celebration begins on Tuesday night.

“You can expect good music, of course, good food, and most importantly the excellent fireworks display that we do,” said Tom Prescott.

More fireworks were displayed at the Bayfront Park on Tuesday night.

“Fireworks will be shot right behind the stage, so where ever you are here, you are gonna have it full view,” said Miguel Ferro, Artistic Director at Bayfront Park.

A stage is set up for music, and entertainment and there will be many food trucks present.

“So we have cachapa, we have empandas, we have aperas,” said Paula Carpio, Boni Grill.

“Come have family time, enjoy it basically celebrate the magnificence of being in America and what this country has brought to us through many, many years,” said Ferro.

It was a day of celebrations across South Florida in honor of America’s birthday and all of the fun culminated in stellar fireworks displays.

As hundreds of sky gazers were present to watch the firework and celebrate this 4th of July holiday.

“It’s a blessing, it’s a blessing because when you feel free, it’s more than everything,” said one attendee.

Over at Miami Beach, workers prepared for its firework show that is set to begin on Tuesday night.

Gary Avins, President of Firework Displays Unlimited explained the time-consuming process.

“Preparations go months and months in advance,” said Avins. “Designing the show, creating a lot of new effects that I do with the factories every year for each program. We’ve been working on these shows for about six months.”

He hopes families leave the explosive displays to the professionals.

“[These types of fireworks] are very dangerous and everything is done electronically,” said Avins. “These are unmanned platforms that we use for this particular event.”

In Key Biscayne, a parade filled Crandon Boulevard with patriotic floats, decorated fire trucks and golf carts for families who lines up on the route to enjoy the spectacle.

Another man accompanying him highlighted the importance of Independence Day.

“I think it’s easy to take your country for granted,” he said. “We live in the greatest nation in the whole world and we need to celebrate how amazing it is and how lucky we are to be here.”

After the parade on Crandon Boulevard, a picnic event is planned on the Village Green where barbeque will be hosted by The Rotary Club. The day will close off with fireworks at sunset.  

Anyone who is still looking for events on this holiday can find our list of festivities here.

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