Miami Heat Schedule 2017-2018

Miami Heat Schedule 2017-2018

If you are a fan of NBA basketball, I have good news for you! NBA last Monday released Miami Heat schedule 2017-2018

Date Opponent Where Time
October
Oct. 1 NBA Preseason: Atlanta Hawks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 6:00 PM
Oct. 5 NBA Preseason: Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY 7:30 PM
Oct. 7 NBA Preseason: Orlando Magic Amway Center – Orlando, FL 7:00 PM
Oct. 9 NBA Preseason: Charlotte Hornets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Oct. 11 NBA Preseason: Washington Wizards American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Oct. 13 NBA Preseason: Philadelphia 76ers Sprint Center – Kansas City MO 8:30 PM
Oct.18 Orlando Amway Center,Orlando,FL 7:00 PM
Oct. 21 Indiana Pacers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Oct. 23 Atlanta Hawks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Oct. 25 San Antonio Spurs American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Oct. 28 Boston Celtics American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Oct. 30 Minnesota Timberwolves American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
November
Nov.1 Chicago Bulls American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Nov.3 Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center – Denver, CO 9:00 PM
Nov.5 Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 3:30 PM
Nov.6 Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 10:30 PM
Nov.8 Phoenix Suns Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, AZ 9:00 PM
Nov.10 Utah Jazz Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake, UT 9:00 PM
Nov.12 Detroit Pistons Little Ceasars Arena – Detroit, MI 4:00 PM
Nov.15 Washington Wizards American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Nov.17 Washington Wizards Capital One Arena – Washington, DC 7:00 PM
Nov.19 Indiana Pacers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 3:30 PM
Nov.22 Boston Celtics American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Nov.24 Minnesota Timberwolves Target Center – Minneapolis, MN 8:00 PM
Nov.26 Chicago Bulls United Center – Chicago IL 3:30 PM
Nov.28 Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH 7:00 PM
Nov.29 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden – New York, NY 7:30 PM
December
Dec.1 Charlotte Hornets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Dec.3 Golden State Warriors American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:00 PM
Dec.6 San Antonio Spurs ATT Center – San Antonio, TX 8:30 PM
Dec.9 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY 6:00 PM
Dec.11 Memphis Grizzlies Fedex Forum – Memphis, TN 8:00 PM
Dec.13 Portland Trail Blazers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Dec.15 Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center – Charlotte, NC 7:00 PM
Dec.16 Los Angeles Clippers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Dec.18 Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA 7:30 PM
Dec.20 Boston Celtics TD Garden – Boston, MA 7:30 PM
Dec.22 Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Dec.23 New Orleans Pelicans American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Dec.26 Orlando Magic American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Dec.29 Brooklyn Nets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Dec.30 Orlando Magic Amway Center – Orlando, FL 7:00 PM
January
Jan. 3 Detroit Pistons American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Jan. 5 New York Knicks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:00 PM
Jan. 7 Utah Jazz American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 3:30 PM
Jan. 9 Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON 7:30 PM
Jan. 10 Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN 7:00 PM
Jan. 14 Milwaukee Bucks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 1:00 PM
Jan. 15 Chicago Bulls United Center – Chicago, IL 3:30 PM
Jan. 17 Milwaukee Bucks BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI 8:00 PM
Jan. 19 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY 7:30 PM
Jan. 20 Charlotte Hornets Spectrum Center – Charlotte, NC 7:00 PM
Jan. 22 Houston Rockets Toyota Center TX – Houston, TX 8:00 PM
Jan. 25 Sacramento Kings American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Jan. 27 Charlotte Hornets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Jan. 29 Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX 8:30 PM
Jan. 31 Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH 7:30 PM
February
Feb. 2 Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA 8:00 PM
Feb. 3 Detroit Pistons Little Ceasars Arena – Detroit, MI 7:00 PM
Feb. 5 Orlando Magic American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Feb. 7 Houston Rockets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Feb. 9 Milwaukee Bucks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Feb. 13 Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON 7:00 PM
Feb. 14 Philadelphia 76ers Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA 7:00 PM
Feb. 23 New Orleans Pelicans Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, LA 8:00 PM
Feb. 24 Memphis Grizzlies American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Feb. 27 Philadelphia 76ers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
March
Mar. 1 Los Angeles Lakers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 3 Detroit Pistons American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 5 Phoenix Suns American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 6 Washington Wizards Capital One Arena – Washington, DC 7:00 PM
Mar. 8 Philadelphia 76ers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 10 Washington Wizards American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 12 Portland Trail Blazers Moda Center – Portland, OR 10:30 PM
Mar. 14 Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA 10:00 PM
Mar. 16 Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 10:30 PM
Mar. 19 Denver Nuggets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 21 New York Knicks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 23 Oklahoma City Thunder Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma, OK 8:00 PM
Mar. 25 Indiana Pacers Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN 5:00 PM
Mar. 27 Cleveland Cavaliers American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
Mar. 29 Chicago Bulls American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Mar. 31 Brooklyn Nets American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:30 PM
April
Apr. 3 Atlanta Hawks American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Apr. 4 Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA 7:30 PM
Apr. 6 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden – New York, NY 7:30 PM
Apr. 9 Oklahoma City Thunder American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 7:30 PM
Apr. 11 Toronto Raptors American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL 8:00 PM
***all time is Eastern Time

Eat to the Beat – Food Trucks & Live Music

IMG_3268 - CopyYesterday I went amazing event in Sports Complex put together by Cooper City Recreation Department.
As I wrote already before, Cooper City is an amazing town that organizes various events for families.
There were bounce houses to keep the kids entertained. There were plenty of food trucks for various picky eaters. It was a great evening filled with live music featuring a Beach Boys cover-band. People brought their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoyed the evening in the park. And the best part, that it was for FREE.

Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks in South Florida

Independence Day fireworks Independence Day ( also Fourth of July or July Forth) is a federal holiday in the United States remembering the adoption of the Declaration of independence 214 years ago on July 4th,1776. Thirteen American colonies became a nation. Independence Day is a National Day of the United States. This day is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, carnivals, fairs, picnics, family reunions. Many cities compete in order to have the best 4th of July fireworks in the U.S. But I  can’t choose my favorite—here is the list of many towns in South Florida with their spectacular celebrations.

Broward County

Coconut Creek, FL

Fireworks show by Grucci Sunday. The 22-minute fireworks show will be choreographed to music and include a number of popular hits. If weather forces cancellation of the show, it will be held 9 p.m. Monday. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. 954-977-6700, casinococo.com.

Coral Springs, FL

Mullins Park , 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm. Join the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration with entertainment, family activities, food and a grand fireworks display at 9pm. $3/parking. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and includes bounce houses and music. There will be a nominal fee for kids’ craft activities, food and refreshments. Grand fireworks display is set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Parking fee is $3 at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, Mullins Park and the Center for the Arts. Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Dr. (NW 29th St.) 954-345-2200, coralsprings.org.

Davie, FL

Pine Island Park. The Town of Davie invites families with children to two different events on Tuesday, July 4th.   The morning activities take place at the  Pine Island Pool and include free swim, Inner Tube Water Polo,  Fun Foam Spray with the Davie Fire Department, a Dive in Treasure Hunt and finally a Watermelon Eating Contest at 3pm.  The fun continues at Bamford Sports Complex in Pine Island Park starting a 4pm and ending with Fireworks at 9pm.  Smokin Aces will entertain the masses from 6 till 9.Join in the community celebration with a day of family fun featuring swimming and pool games from 10am-4pm at Pine Island Pool, 3800 SW 92 Ave.. The morning activities take place at the  Pine Island Pool and include free swim, Inner Tube Water Polo,  Fun Foam Spray with the Davie Fire Department, a Dive in Treasure Hunt and finally a Watermelon Eating Contest at 3pm.   Festivities are followed by arts and crafts for kids, live music, games and more from 4-9pm at Pine Island Park, 3801 Pine Island Rd. Fireworks at 9pm.

Flamingo Gardens. 09:30 am – 04:30 pm. Celebrate Independence Day with a bit of Old Florida. Step back in time with a 1930-1940s costume contest, music and old-fashioned games. 1950s costume contests, watermelon- and pie-eating contests, 50s music by DJ Digital Anarchy and Fourth of July crafts. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $9.95 for ages 12 and older, $6.45 for ages 3-11, 2 and younger are free. Narrated Tram tour is included. No other coupons or discounts apply. 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie. 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org.

Vista View Park. Experience one of the best spots from which to view numerous firework displays across Broward County. From Vista View Park’s hill, the highest man-made elevation in the county, you can see the fireworks from Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Sunrise and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood when the weather is clear. $1.50/person before 7:30pm, $2/person after 7:30pm. Depending on weather conditions, visitors may be able to see the displays from Davie, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise and possibly even Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of these pyrotechnics are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets and come early to get a good spot. The park opens at 8 a.m., and the entry fee is good for admission all day — present your receipt for reentry. Admission before 7:30 p.m. will be the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and younger are free). The price will go up to $2 per person at 7:30 p.m. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments, although no hard liquor and no glass containers are allowed. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no fireworks (including sparklers), grilling or horses will be permitted in the park. Take note: The park’s shelters and playgrounds will close at 7:30 p.m. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave. 954-357-8898.

Deerfield Beach, FL

Main Beach. Relax on the beach with family activities and refreshments. The activities take place noon-9 p.m. and include entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors. The schedule is as follows: Whisky Six noon-1 p.m., Army Gideon 1:30-2:30 p.m., Caribbean Chillers 3-4:30 p.m., the Regs 5:15-6:45 p.m. and Eaglesmania (Eagles Tribute Band) 7:30-9 p.m. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttle pick-ups are available at: The Cove Shopping Center, 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd. and St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 363 SE 12th Ave. (east side of complex). Please note that shuttles will run continuously until 5:45 pm. They will resume at 11 p.m., continuing through midnight. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave. 954-480-4429. www.deerfield-beach.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Gather on the beach for a day of family activities including music, beach games, contests, a kids zone, live entertainment, and a fireworks presentation off of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Fireworks begin at 9pm. The holiday activities include Kids’ Zone with DJ, music, bounce houses, face painting, beach games and old-fashioned hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests noon-4:30 p.m. Crystal Visions of Fleetwood Mac rock 4:30-5:45 p.m. Brass Evolution performs 6:15-9 p.m. The 30-minute fireworks show over Atlantic Ocean (simulcast with music on 101.5 LITE FM) takes off at 9 p.m. 954-828-5363, More info here. FREE.

Village Street Festival. Located just one block west of Fort Lauderdale Beach and just south of the Bonnet House, North Beach Village Resort’s Plaza Bistro is steps from Fort Lauderdale beach. From 5 to 9 p.m., this free event will feature family-friendly entertainment, activities and a DJ. American food favorites will be available for purchase. The Fort Lauderdale Beach fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. 2900 Belmar St., Fort Lauderdale. 754-229-3870.

Miramar, FL

Miramar Regional Park. Community fun, an old-fashioned celebration, concert and fireworks to mark Independence Day and the grand opening of Miramar’s new amphitheater. The concert is free, but pre-registration and advance tickets are required. Miramar Regional Park , 03:00 pm – 09:00 pm. 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL. Free.

Hollywood, FL

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk , 02:00 pm – 10:00 pm. A hometown star-spangled celebration with music and fun for the whole family at beachside locations, followed by fireworks offshore at 9pm. Free. Spend the holiday on the beach with family and friends. Visit Charnow Park’s (1500 N. Broadwalk) splash pad, play beach games, relax under an umbrella or grab a percussion instrument to play along with beachside entertainers. Music and games with DJ Tony Mixx begin at 2 p.m. High Tolerance takes the stage at 4 and 7 p.m. Ploomie & the Steel Harmonix appear 1-4 p.m. at the Johnson Street Plaza, and Fun Zone activities can be enjoyed here 2-5 p.m. The celebration concludes with a patriotic offshore fireworks display at 9 p.m. 954-921-3404, Hollywoodfl.org.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This July 4th celebration is back for a fourth year. The festivities include a cigar lounge, entertainment, food trucks and fireworks. The fun takes place 7-10 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way,Hollywood,FL. 866-502-7529.

Hallandale Beach, FL

Gulfstream Park. Enjoy a free party with children’s activities, face painting, DJ music and entertainment for kids including airbrush tattoos, balloon artists and more. 5pm-10pm. 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL .Grand illuminations show at 9:30pm.

Mardi Gras Casino. 07/01/2017. Dogs, Fireworks, Food, Fun on Saturday. Mardi Gras Casino gets in on the holiday action Saturday with a hot dog-eating contest, barbecue noon-6 p.m., Orange Sunshine Band performing 4-8 p.m., a National Anthem Singing Contest 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. 831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-924-3200. www.mgfla.com

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

El Prado Park. A day of old-fashioned fun with a parade at 10am, followed by family-friendly activities. Presented by the city’s Volunteer Fire Department, begins with a parade at 10 a.m. on Bougainvillea Drive (behind Town Hall, 4501 N. Ocean Drive), heading north to Pine Avenue, east to El Mar Drive, south to Palm Avenue and then west to Bougainvillea before heading north and ending at Town Hall. Family Fun Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Prado Park, will feature a waterslide and fire truck for the kids, as well as other fun activities. Holiday fare will include hot dogs, lemonade and other kid-friendly food. Fireworks will be shot off the beach about two blocks north of Commercial Boulevard. El Prado Park , 10:00 am – 09:30 pm. 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-sea, FL. El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Dr. 954-640-4250, More info here.

Margate, FL

Margate Boulevard and U.S. 441, Margate, FL. Kick off the day with a parade starting at 9am down Margate Boulevard.The parade begins at 9 a.m., traveling down Margate Boulevard eastbound from 76th Avenue to Margate City Hall, where there will be post-parade refreshments and family activities. Cool off at Calypso Cove waterpark (6200 Royal Palm Blvd., 954-974-4566), open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A steel drum band will perform and kids can get their faces painted. Admission is $4 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Food trucks and concert take place between 5 and 9 p.m. at Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. Party band Pangea performs at 6 p.m. Fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. 954-972-6458. More info here.

Miramar, FL

Miramar Regional Park. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and include water slides, bounce houses, food trucks and novelty vendors. Fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 954-602-3319.

Pembroke Pines, FL

Pines Recreation Festival Grounds , 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm. Pines Boulevard, just east of University Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL Kids’ activities and rides, a concert by Higher Ground and food trucks roundup (starting at 6 p.m.) will all be part of the holiday fun. Gather family and friends to enjoy rides, music, entertainment, food and fireworks. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Free. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. 954-435-6525, ppines.com.

Pompano Beach, FL

Fishing Pier. July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with Journey tribute band Chain Reaction, followed by emcee Kenny Walker and 102.7 the Beach Radio Station. Fireworks launch by the end of the fishing pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome; however personal fireworks, glass containers, alcohol, and pets are prohibited. Available parking is at Atlantic Boulevard and A1A. Street Parking will also be available as well as the new Pier Garage, located right across from the Pier.Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, 222 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-786-4111, pompanobeachfl.gov.

Plantation, FL

Central Park. Begin celebrating at 9am with a patriotic parade from the intersection of Broward Boulevard and NW 46 Avenue, traveling west to City Hall. Celebrate with evening activities at the ball fields, featuring live music and fireworks. The schedule of events is as follows: parade at 9 a.m. beginning at Broward Boulevard and NW 46th Avenue, heading west to 69th Avenue, to Northwest Fourth Street, ending at City Hall. Mr. Nice Guy, a variety/top 40’s band, plays at 7 p.m. at Central Park ball fields. Bring along a picnic dinner, lawn chairs or blanket. Zambelli fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Plantation Central Park, 9151 NW Second Street. 954-452-2510, More info here. Free.

Sunrise, FL

City Park. Floats will wind their way west along Sunset Strip from NW 12 Street to City Park, where the fun continues with free refreshments and kids’ entertainment. In the evening, join your neighbors for children’s activities, live music and a fireworks display. City Park, 6700 Sunset Strip. 9am-noon, 954-747-4600 sunrisefl.gov. FREE. More info here.

BB&T Center. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the festivities include live music, fireworks, food and beverage vendors, children’s rides and inflatables. The music starts at 6 p.m. with a set by local pop-rock cover band Havoc 305. Musical headliners Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are the masters of contemporary swing, jazz and big-band sounds. Their horn-infused, high-energy show goes on at 7:30 p.m. The evening concludes with 9 p.m. fireworks. BB&T Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 954-835-7000, More info here.

Tamarac, FL

Tamarac Sports Complex , 06:00 pm – 09:30 pm. Grab blankets and lawn chairs for the city of Tamarac’s All-American Celebration featuring entertainment, a fun zone, live music, food trucks, games and more. Features live music by “Heatwave”, a kid’s area, food trucks and fireworks. 
9901 NW 77 St., Tamarac, FL. On-site parking is limited. Please use the free shuttle buses from City Hall (7525 NW 88th Ave.) or the Community Center (8601 W. Commercial Blvd), which are available from 5:30 – 8:30 pm and following the fireworks. Fireworks display starts promptly at 9 pm. More info on Tamarac city website.

Caporella Aquatic Complex . Patriotic Splash party.  12:00 pm – 04:00 pm. 9300 NW 58th St., Tamarac, FL 33321. http://www.tamarac.org. Celebrate the Fourth with some fun in the sun, music, games and more.$3.50 17 & under, $4 Adults

Weston, FL

Weston Town Center. A hometown parade featuring local businesses, civic groups, schools, bands and organizations, with the theme Celebrating the Great American Spirit. Parade and 5K Run. No fireworks here, but the parade lineup is at 9:30 a.m., and the march begins at 10:30 a.m. from Town Center Boulevard and Three Village Road, concluding on Main Street. The annual 5K begins at 7 a.m. in Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321). Register at splitsecondtiming.com. Cost is $20. Weston Town Center, 1675 Market St. 954-385-2000, WestonFl.org.

Miami-Dade County

Aventura, FL

along Don Soffer Exercise Trail, Aventura, FL. http://www.cityofaventura.com. Enjoy the annual fireworks display with great views from Country Club Drive and other areas. Grab a blanket and find a spot anywhere along Aventura’s three-mile stretch of Country Club Drive. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. over the golf course and are usually visible no matter where you’re sitting. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 305-466-8930.

Coconut Grove, FL

Peacock Park. Enjoy a family-friendly fireworks display in Peacock Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. with live music and games, followed by fireworks. Sponsored by Commissioner Ken Russell and the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, the event is free. Pro tip: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, along with a cooler of eats to snack on before the display. 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove.

Coral Gables, FL

Biltmore Hotel Celebration. Head to the lawn behind the Biltmore Hotel for the city’s July 4 party, beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy a concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7, followed by fireworks at 9. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. This year’s event will include patriotic anthems by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. CBS4 news anchor Rick Folbaum will be the master of ceremonies. Golf course greens open to the public at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9 pm. Complimentary shuttle service starts at 5 p.m. Free parking is at: BankUnited Center Surface Lot, 1245 Dauer Drive; War Memorial Youth Center Parking Lot, 405 University Drive; Parking Garage 4 – City Hall Shuttle Stop, 385 Andalusia Ave. The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Free bike valet parking is at William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center next to the Biltmore. Hours of operation are 5-11 p.m. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. 305-460-5205, coralgables.com

Doral, FL

Doral Central Park. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. The grand finale, “America Through the Decades” fireworks show, is at 9:20 p.m. Doral Central Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave. 305-593-6600.

Hialeah, FL

Milander Park. Food, drinks, live music, a laser light show, and fireworks? Sold. Beginning at 5 p.m., celebrate Independence Day at Milander Park, where the evening will consist of performances by DJ Nancy Starr and DJ Noize, followed by a concert at 6:30 p.m. by Amaury Gutierrez and Jen Carlos Canela, a laser light show at sundown in the park’s Ted Hendricks Stadium, and a massive fireworks display. 4700 Palm Ave., Hialeah. More info here.

Homestead, FL

Homestead-Miami Speedway. Race to the 4th Annual Independence Day Bash: Some of the highlights include music, food trucks and kids’ activities. Main Highway and Above the Skyline will be rocking the track. Also, a limited number of $20 tickets for guests 13 years old and up for the Champions Club event will be available for purchase at the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department (350 SE Sixth Ave.). The tickets include VIP parking inside the stadium and food and soft drinks served inside the Club, which offers a preferred view of the fireworks from above. Tickets for children ages 7-12 cost $10, and children who are under 6 years old can get in for free with a ticket. Homestead-Miami Speedway, One Speedway Blvd. 305-224-4570, www.cityofhomestead.com/July4 The fireworks display at 9 p.m., synced to patriotic music, will inspire pride in all attendees.

Key Biscayne, FL

Crandon Boulevard. The 57th-annual parade on Crandon Boulevard begins at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy the day on the key, and at 9 p.m. watch the fireworks, visible on the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive, Key Biscayne. More info here.

Miami, FL

Bayfront Park. Celebrate in the heart of downtown Miami and thrill to one of South Florida’s largest fireworks displays. There will be music, food, a beer garden, kids’ activities, and, of course, plenty of fireworks. The park is open all day for lots of fun. Free yoga takes place 9 a.m. at the Tina Hills Pavilion. The younger set will enjoy Kids’ Zone 3-7 p.m. Big kids will be most appreciative of the Beer Garden, open noon-10 p.m., in addition to musical entertainment. Fireworks take off from barges at 9 p.m. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. 305-358-7550, bayfrontparkmiami.com.

Black Point Park & Marina. Beyond enjoying waterfront fireworks, you can explore bikeways, jogging trails, and a 1.5-mile jetty into Biscayne Bay. Don’t worry about bringing food and drinks: Buy some at the restaurant and bar onsite. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami; 305-258-4092.

Miami Beach, FL

North Shore Park Bandshell. Grand Funk Railroad headlines this rockin’ Fourth party. Here is the schedule: Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach at 9 a.m. Food trucks are open for business at 11 a.m. DJ starts spinning at noon. Later, Family Stone opens at 5 p.m., and then Grand Funk Railroad performs at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Free shuttle info: two park and ride locations where drop-off/pick-up will be taking place are North Shore Bandshell Park and 42nd Street/Sheridan Ave. The shuttles may be flagged down at any MDT stop along this route. Service will be from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-673-7000, www.miamibeachfl.gov.

Palm Beach County

Boca Raton,FL

Spanish River Athletics Complex at deHoernle Park. Activities commencing at 6:30 p.m. will include Klime Wallz. The All-Star Band will play classic rock n’ roll at 7 p.m. festivities at Spanish River Athletic Facility at deHoernle Park  kick off 6:30 PM and feature a 28’ high and 110’ long State Fair style slide, a “Stars & Stripes” slide; along with many other rides; toddler center; carnival games; food trucks; and carnival food. Boogie Brothers (Classic Rock) at 7:00 PM followed by Fireworks display at 9:00PMFireworks blast off at 9 p.m. Spanish River Athletics Complex at deHoernle Park, 1000 NW Spanish River Blvd 561-393-7995, myboca.us.

Sunset Cove Amphiteater. Sunset Cove July 4th Celebration. The ninth annual event starting at 6:30 p.m. features patriotic tunes from the Gardens Pops Orchestra, a kids’ area, food and beverage concessions (including dessert food trucks). Jugglers, balloon makers and airbrush artists will be roving. A fireworks display closes out the night. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Road, Boca Raton. 561-488-8069. Presented by West Boca Community Council and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Featuring kids funzone, concessions, welcome booth & interactive prize wheel, live music by Gypsy Lane topped of by fireworks! Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Gates open at 5:30 pm. More info here.

Boynton Beach, FL

4th of July Festivities will take place on Saturday July 1st! Enjoy some live music 6-10:30 p.m. Featured entertainers include New Horizons Band (R&B and blues and jazz) 6-7:15 p.m. and Never Stop Believin’ (Journey tribute band) 7:30-8:30 p.m., and then continuing after the fireworks until 10:20 p.m. Continuous activities are planned in the Kids’ Corner including arts and crafts and a watermelon eating contest. Food and beverage vendors will be on site throughout the entire event. A special patriotic salute will start at 8:45 p.m. The evening culminates in a spectacular, musically choreographed fireworks display at 9 p.m. sharp. Limited seating will be available and spectators can bring their own blankets and chairs. A free park and ride shuttle from Boynton Beach City Hall (100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.) and from Ezell Hester Center (1901 N. Seacrest Bvld.) will be available 5:30-11 p.m. The final departures from both locations to the event will be at 8:30 p.m. with the shuttles resuming from Intracoastal Park 9:30-11:00 p.m. Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway. 561-742-6246, boynton-beach.org. More info here.

Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue. Family activities at this year’s celebration start at 8 a.m. with a sandcastle contest on the beach. Family beach games will take place by the sandcastle noon-8 p.m. Kids’ Corner 4-8 p.m. includes face painting, craft activities, photo booth and giant community mural. Kool 105.5 Splash Zone and dunk tanks are also 4-8 p.m. Adults can cool down at the Beer Garden. There will also be a custard-eating contest for kids (5:30 p.m.) and a burger-eating contest for adults (6 p.m.). Holidazed takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., then headliner Daya performs at 8:15 p.m. The 20-minute Zambelli fireworks show launches at 9 p.m. from the north end of the beach. It is synchronized to music on Wild 95.5. Delray Beach at A1A and Atlantic Avenue. 561-274-0424, JulyFourthDelrayBeach.com.

Green Acres, FL

Greenacres Community ark. Ignite the Night Independence Day Celebration.Live music by The Groove, Rides, Games, most patriotic costume contest, food and drinks for purchase and more. Greenacres Community Park, 5:30pmThis annual patriotic celebration at 5:30 pm features music by Rogue Theory Project, “Most Patriotic Dressed” contest, stilt walker, rides, games, arts and crafts and food vendors. Fireworks light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Greenacres Community Park, 2905 Jog Road. 561-642-2180, ci.greenacres.fl.us.

Lake Worth, FL

Bryant Park. The Great American Raft Race kicks off the festivities with the Parade of the Rafts at 11:30 a.m., traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bryant Park. Family fun activites are scheduled 1-10 p.m. The musical groups performing on the Main Stage are: Mike Mineo, Marijah Speziale, Franscene, Raggy Monster and Odyssey Road (Journey tribute band). Fireworks will light up the night sky at 9 p.m. Bryant Park, 100 S. Golfview Road. 561-533-7335. More info here.

Royal Palm Beach, FL

Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Two Day Independence Celebration. Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off with a bang on Sunday evening with a Kids Fun Zone, food vendors and art and craft vendors 5-9 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased for $5. Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways (Jimmy Buffet tribute band) will entertainment at 7 p.m. The July 4th celebration will feature rides, slides and games. Wristbands may be purchased for $10. In addition, there will be volleyball, cornhole and bass fishing tournaments 1-8 p.m. A Food Truck invasion consists of over 20 gourmet food trucks selling delectible treats. Art and craft vendors will be selling local artists’ wares. The Boss Project (Bruce Springsteen tribute band) plays at 4 p.m., followed by Turnstiles (Billy Joel tribute band) at 6 p.m., then 42 (tribute to Coldplay) is the finale at 8 p.m. All this will be capped off by the Zambelli fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. Avoid traffic delays by arriving early and staying late. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Off-site parking is at Village Hall and Cultural Center. Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. 561-753-1232. www.royalpalmbeach.com

Wellington, FL

Wellington Aquatics Complex. Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a cool dip at the Patriotic Pool Party noon-5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.) Regular pool entrance fees apply. Games and activities are scheduled throughout the day! Call (561) 791-4770 for more information.

Village Park.The Fourth Celebration will feature traditional games, bounce houses and slides, obstacle courses, rock wall, face painting, petting zoo, free bingo, food trucks and pony rides 6-10 p.m. at the Village Park. The Long Run (Eagles tribute band) will provide the musical entertainment. Free shuttle transportation service will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop by Nordstrom 5:30-10 p.m. Fireworks light up at 9:15 p.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. 561-791-4005, wellingtonfl.gov.

West Palm Beach, FL

Waterfront Promenade & City Commons. Starting at 5 p.m., features two stages of entertainment. National recording artist the Rua will perform. There will also be children’s activities, a military-honor ceremony, flag unfurling, an assortment of craft beer and food vendors, life-size games of foosball, human bowling and more ($5 wristband required for games). An extravaganza of pyrotechnics synced to music will fill the sky for 18 minutes starting at 9 p.m. Waterfront Promenade & City Commons, 101 S. Flagler Drive. 561-822-1515, wpb.org.

Historic Northwest Neighborhood. BBQ, Brews & Blues: On Saturday, guests can enjoy Southern soul food such as pulled pork, collard greens along with craft beer. Prices vary. Blues legend Joey Gilmore and Grammy-nominated duo Ike & Val Woods will be performing. Catch the trolley, available from downtown West Palm Beach 5-9 p.m. Historic Northwest Neighborhood, three blocks north of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 561-822-1515,

Touch-A-Truck Event in Cooper City

IMG_2342 - CopyYesterday I went to a great even “Touch-A-Truck” at Cooper City Sports Complex organized by Cooper City Recreation Department . It was an interesting opportunity for the kids who like all those cars that they see on the streets: police cars, firetrucks, garbage trucks, construction trucks,service vehicles and various other different trucks. Children were able to get close to their favorite trucks, touch, sit behind the wheel, honk the horn, and explore cars they see on the streets every day. There were also bounce houses and rock-climbing wall to keep the kids busy. And the best part- the even was for FREE.

Funtastic Friday in Hollywood

IMG_2593 - CopyIf you have ever wondered what to do with the kids on Friday evenings, do nothing else but take them to the Arts Park at the Young Circle in Hollywood. Local 10 (WPLG) viewers ranked Funtastic Friday # 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids” in South Florida list. This family friendly event starts at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm. Kids will have lots of fun. There is face painting, balloon animals and music with a DJ.  Kids keep moving during the various games. There are bounce house too, and they are very popular with the little ones. Kids can play at the playground, and cool of at the splash park. If you like movies, you can watch family friendly movie right there at the park, just bring the blanket or the beach chair, because it is going to be in the open on the lawn. Time is 8 pm till 10 pm. And the best part that it is all for FREE.