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Miami-Dade Parks offers tips for a safe and fun Fourth of July

MIAMI (June 28, 2017)

Whether you are heading to the park, beach or marina this Fourth of July weekend, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department suggests these tips to help keep your Independence Day celebrations fun, safe, and healthy for people, wildlife, and the environment:


  • No “fireworks.” The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. A great option! Enjoy seaside fireworks viewing at the “Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular” at Black Point Park and Marina, 2477 SW 87 Ave., Cutler Bay.  The popular annual event is free and starts at 9 p.m. (excludes marina).   Note: The marina Channel will be CLOSED from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., in preparation of the fireworks, and vehicles will NOT be allowed to enter or exit the park during the fireworks show.


  • Bag your trash and properly dispose of trash in designated waste receptacles. The inappropriate disposal of trash, not only imposes a great economic strain on County residents, but destroys the beauty of the County’s natural ecosystems and creates potential health and environmental hazards.


  • July 1 Polystyrene Ban is in effect. No polystyrene products, such as Styrofoam will be allowed. The adopted Ordinance, added to  Rule 36, Chapter 26 of the Parks department’s Park Rules and Regulations, bans items made from the product, like coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, and wrappings. Parks staff will distribute informational palm cards in English, Spanish and Creole, educating patrons about the polystyrene ordinance and the benefits of environmental stewardship.  A great option!  Patrons are encouraged to try packing “to-go” food and drink items in “reusable containers” that they can take back home with them.


  • No flotation devices. While we want everyone to be able to enjoy our waters, abiding by park rules is paramount to ensuring that beach users are safe, that we remain good stewards of the environment and that we protect our natural areas.” Chapter 26 of the Code of Miami-Dade, Rule 16 states: “No person, minor, or adult, shall enter or be in water at any bathing area wearing, carrying, pushing, or towing any flotation device…”


  • Boaters encouraged to sign up for Miami-Dade SMS Alert! If you boat, and you want to keep your trip safe, fun, and hassle-free, marina staff suggests that you plan ahead with key information available to you via “Miami-Dade Marina SMS Alerts.” The application provides boaters with instant alerts to hazardous weather conditions, as well as boat ramp closures and re-openings, via text alerts to their email or mobile phone.  To sign up for the Alerts and view a complete list of Miami-Dade Marinas, visit the Miami-Dade Parks web page.



About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.