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Celebrate Independence Day in a new way in Miami

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:23:07 PM

Tired of the same old fireworks displays and flag-filled parades? Want to celebrate the Fourth of July in a fresh and exciting way? Well, if you love the heat, catch a plane down to Florida for the holiday and pick up a Miami car rental to cruise around one of the most lively cities in the country.

The melting pot done right

The Miami Beach Fourth of July Celebration starts with a swearing in ceremony for individuals gaining their U.S. citizenship, and is followed by a number of live music acts that last until dusk. What better way to celebrate our country's multicultural richness than by partying with some of our nation's newest Americans? If dancing's not your thing, head downtown to enjoy multicultural food from several vendors. There's not a more delicious way to enjoy American's heritage than this! With music playing throughout the day, downtown is a true fete for your senses.

Hit the high seas

With so many of our ancestors arriving in the United States by boat, there are few better ways to pay homage to our history of immigrants than taking up a boating adventure. Besides, Florida is basically a huge peninsula, so why not take advantage of the state's expansive coast with a boat trip? At Bayfront Park, you can join the throngs of locals and visitors who hit the water for the holiday. Feeling seasick? You're sure to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park itself, where you can ogle the catamarans, sailboats and yachts from a safe distance.

A parade that cannot be missed

OK, so maybe you want a little bit of classic Independence Day hurrah after all. Why not take a short trip to Key Biscayne, where the parade of floats and musical acts are a highlight for the community every year, so you know it's done right! Traditional costumes of different cultures march proudly down the street, followed by a number of community groups and Uncle Sam look alikes, all of which will soon have you beaming with national pride. Post-parade, join the community for a delightful beachside barbeque that thrills even the most seasoned outdoor grillers.

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