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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Coconut Grove ready for Independence Day

Hot dog eating contest, music, picnics, fireworks and more

Coconut Grove's July 4th tradition continues this year with fun things to do around town, topped off by the fireworks in Peacock Park. There will not be a Coconut Hunt this year, hopefully it will be back in the future, but that yearly event is on hold for now.

Start the night before, July 3, at The Grove Spot with a "Pre Birthday Bash." From 8  to 11 pm “Los Crackers”  will be playing the Hot-Dog and Sliders Blues from the front porch -- old fashioned covers. Enjoy hot dogs and burgers, too.

July 4th traditionally starts with the Fourth of July picnic at The Barnacle (3485 Main Highway). It's an old-Fashioned style Fourth on the great lawn out back including kids crafts. There is live music by JD Danner, lawn games and more. Bring your own food or purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, etc. The picnic ends at 4 pm.

Don't forget to head over to CocoWalk for the Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is their 5th Annual competition, starting at 4:00 pm. CocoWalk's day starts at 1 pm and includes live music with Mr. Ree, along with Timmy the balloon twister and Annie the face painter from 1 to 4 pm.  The newest addition, Express Your Sole! sponsored by Maui Nix, features a local artist who will customize your new canvas shoes between 1 and 7 pm  Limited supply so come early.

The annual hot dog eating contest is always a crowd favorite, and will take place in the Courtyard at 4 p.m. This year’s contest is sponsored by Paragon Grove 13 and Maui Nix.  Last year’s champion, Juan Angel, consumed 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes and walked away with more than $1,000 in gifts and prizes! Runner-up Daniel Encinosa managed seven dogs to receive a prize package worth $150.00.

Then the night only gets hotter when South Florida’s popular Sans of  Tyme delivers Classic Rock from 7 to 11 pm. Come Rock the Walk and watch the 9 o’clock fireworks in Peacock Park from any of CocoWalk's spacious outdoor balconies. 

Or top off Independence Day family-friendly festivities in with the spectacular fireworks display at Peacock Park itself, sponsored by the City of Miami, District II and the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. 

Local restaurants and shops will feature special offers, live music, raffles and holiday gifts for kids. Pack your snacks, picnic blankets and lawn chairs, and head over to Peacock Park for the fireworks show at 9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Peacock Park is located at 2820 Mcfarlane Road.

Starting July 2, The Fresh Market has a bunch of holiday specials going on from $2.99 Tuesdays to July 6th's Six Dollar Saturday. And on July 3, 4 and 5, they have 3 days of July 4th holiday deals. On Six Dollar Saturday, they have $6 lobster tails, $ Maryland-style Crab Cakes and lots more. $2.99 Tuesdays is all month of July and during the 3 Days of Deals, there are lots of BOGO deals on ribs, blueberries, ice cream, cheeses and more.

It's gonna be a good July 4th week in the Grove.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

May Coconut Grove seek and achieve its independence from the City of Miami and become its own independent banana republic.

June 30, 2013 1:56 PM  

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