Plant your flag in one of these festive Miami neighborhoods and celebrate America’s 238th birthday with the classic summertime trifecta: fireworks, cocktails, and ‘cue.
The ultra-decedent Elvis French Toast at OTC.
OTC in Brickell is kicking off Independence Day by offering its cult brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, made even more craveable with a new addition to Chef Jacob Anaya’s menu: the Elvis French Toast with Nutella, peanut butter, bacon, banana, and candied nuts. Wash it down with bottomless mimosas or—just for the Fourth—bottomless craft beer. Catch the World Cup quarterfinals, too; OTC will show the games at noon and 4 p.m. 1250 South Miami Ave., Miami, 305-374-4612
If you want to catch a fireworks show while dodging the crowds and traffic, seek refuge at Intercontinental Miami’s sparkling rooftop pool, which will be open to the public on the Fourth. From 34 stories above, you’ll have a panoramic view of the fireworks exploding over Biscayne Bay as part of America’s Birthday Bash—one of the city’s largest celebrations taking place in Bayfront Park. 100 Chopin Plaza. 305-577-1000
A half-rack of ribs at Swine Southern Table & Bar.
Have a hankering for classic ‘cue? Swine Southern Table & Bar, Coral Gables’ go-to spot for Southern comfort, will be serving up a half-rack of ribs with their signature competition rub, cider vinegar mop, and housemade pickles. The pork-centric spot also offers its fair share of backyard refreshments, like an ultra-refreshing Summer of Deuce cocktail, crafted with Pimm’s Cup No. 1, Kappa Pisco, lemon, and Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-360-6433
Meanwhile, The Biltmore will bring on star-spangled pomp as it hosts its annual fête on its sprawling golf course. Expect activities throughout the day, including concessions and patriotic mascots, capped off with a fireworks show and a live performance by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Before the bombs bursting in air, though, squeeze in a seasonal pedicure at the Biltmore Spa. Inspired by the summer months, the pedicure includes a softening foot soak, exfoliation and foot massage—patriotic nail art optional. 1200 Anastasia Ave. Grounds open at 5 p.m., live concert at 7 p.m., and fireworks show at 9 p.m.
St. Louis-style ribs at The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions.
Oak Tavern is serving up shareable modern American fare (think wood-oven duck pizza with fontina and truffle, charcuterie plates, and bison carpaccio), along with a bar menu divided into Tavern Cocktails and The Classics. Grab your friends and a communal wood-hewn table for a round of classic Champagne cocktails, Magic City Pale Ale from the nearby Wynwood Brewery, or a crisp rosé. 35 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818
Keep the party going at The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions. The MiMo-district restaurant is hosting a nostalgic ‘Que ‘N’ Cups party (similar to the tavern’s Solo Cup Sundays) on Friday from 6 p.m. to close. From the self-serve bar, grab a solo cup of the handmade punch of your choice, like red, white and, blueberry sangria with white wine, white cranberry juice, blueberries, strawberries, and apples. The Pit will be serving barbecue all night, with eats like Southwest mac and cheese and St. Louis-style pork ribs. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559