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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Picnic, Coconut Hunt, Food Trucks, Cirque du Grove,
Live music, Fireworks and so much more
Coconut Grove's 4th of July!

Coconut Grove is the place to be every 4th of July, and this year is no exception. As usual, there will be a full day of celebration, starting at The Barnacle in the morning with an old-fashioned picnic and ending with a spectacular fireworks display at Peacock Park.

But two days before, on July 2 and 3, there will be the new tradition of buskers, fire and acrobats at Cirque du Grove! On Saturday, July 2, a Fire Dance on Virginia Street at Grand Avenue starts about 8:30 pm. Dancers will twirl fire batons, toss them into the air, manipulate spinners, hoops and other devices to create an amazing visual spectactular. It's all free! On Sunday, July 3, experience Cirque on the street -- acrobats, tumblers, jugglers, trapeze artists, wire walkers, mimes, clowns and all sorts of circus characters with the Rainbow Circus, take over the Grove. The shows run for 30 minutes at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm with a finale at 3:45 pm. Between shows street performers, magicians and balloon artists will entertain the crowds.

July 4th starts at 11 am at The Barnacle (3485 Main Highway) for their old-fashioned type of day. Lawn games, board games and even kite flying are part of the fun. Live music from Joel Zoss will enhance the decked out in traditional red, white and blue bunting. Bring a picnic or treat yourself to hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs and burgers, popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream available for purchase.

Admission to the park on the day of this event is $5; $3 for ages 6-12; children under 6 are free. The park opens at 9 am with activities from 11 am to 4 pm. Park closes at 5 pm. The Barnacle welcomes Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics, but alcohol and fireworks are not permitted.

From The Barnacle, head over to CocoWalk and Mayfair for two of the funnest activites to hit the Grove in recent years -- the Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Coconut Hunt! Join the hot dog contest in the center court at CocoWalk, which starts at 3 pm -- see how many you can eat -- winners win big prizes and and right after that is Coconut Grove's famous Coconut Hunt, at 4 pm, which starts in front of the Bookstore -- where you can join in the fun locating colorfully painted coconuts hidden all over the Grove -- win prizes like hotel stays and even a brand new bicycle -- just for finding coconuts!

And what could say 4th of July more than fireworks! Peacock Park is the location where thousands gather late in the day for the fireworks over the bay. The Boston Beer Company, Sam Adams, is once again the official beer for July 4th at Peacock Park and nothing goes better with beer than an assortment of some of Miami's top gourmet food trucks, including CheeseMe Mobile, Dim Ssam a gogo, Gastropod, Latin Burger and The Fish Box, plus Fireman Derek's World-Famous Pies and a Snow Caps stand. Soft Drinks, Cocktails and Zico Coconut Water will round out the menu.

There are live performances in the park, starting at 5 pm and leading up to the fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Free Entertainment includes performances by The Ramblers Band, Pit Bull of Blues and Joel Zoss. There will also be a Children's Fun Zone.

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