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Published on June 21, 2024
Miami-Dade County Announces Independence Day Closures and Festivities Amidst Safety GuidelinesSource: Unsplash/ Alexandre Chambon

As the nation gears up to celebrate its 248th year of independence, Miami-Dade County has outlined a list of closures and events to mark the occasion. According to Miami-Dade County's news release, all county offices, including the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and the Pet Adoption Center, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

For those looking to navigate the city on the Fourth, expect a change in routine. Miami-Dade Transit is operating on a reduced service schedule. In addition, Miami-Dade Solid Waste management won't collect garbage and their disposal facilities will be closed on Thursday, although recycling will proceed as scheduled.

Miami-Dade County isn't just about quiet observance, however. The county is set to unfurl a range of events that tap into the celebratory spirit of July 4. A kickoff celebration at Tropical Park hosted by Miami-Dade Parks will inaugurate Parks and Recreation Month, featuring food and activities for all ages. Likewise, Bayfront Park's 4th of July Celebration is making a return, promising entertainment for the entire family.

Meanwhile, Town of Miami Lakes is going a step further by catering to inclusivity, hosting their 4th of July Celebration complete with a Sensory Inclusive Zone, aiming to make community celebration more accessible to individuals with special needs. And if the siren call of fireworks beckons, the grand fireworks at Homestead's "Race to the 4th" event or the Coral Gables fireworks display at the Biltmore Hotel are sure to dazzle.

Amidst the festivities, safety remains a cornerstone of the public advisories. Those taking to the seas can sign up for Miami-Dade Marina Alerts to stay informed on boat ramp statuses. The county also reminds its citizens to be mindful of their surroundings, maintain alertness, and avoid precarious situations. Additionally, the authorities provide guidelines and tips including firework safety, pet safety during the holidays, and proper disposal methods for fireworks and charcoal.

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