South Florida residents kick off Fourth of July celebration in Dania Beach

DANIA BEACH, Fla – South Florida residents were seen gathering in Dania Beach early Tuesday morning to celebrate America’s independence.

A Local 10 News crew was at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, where families were seen lining up early to secure their spots on the beach.

“This spot fills up very early,” said one South Florida resident. “I was here early in the morning and got here around 6 a.m.”

A park spokesperson told Local 10 News that there are over 180 tables, 90 grills at the park, and every pavilion was booked during the busy holiday weekend.

Hundreds of families were seen putting those grills to use and cooking chicken, steak and even eggs before the nighttime festivities begin.

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The park closes around 6 p.m. but Local 10 News has a list of places that you can attend to watch the fireworks.

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What’s happening in South Florida?

Beyond Dania Beach, Fourth of July celebrations are happening all across South Florida.

A Local 10 News crew was at the scene of Fort Lauderdale Beach Tuesday as this year’s holiday headliner is South Florida’s own rapper Flo Rida.

“Excited for Flo Rida. He’s all Florida, all the time,” said South Florida resident Danielle Collins.

With the street closures and crowds, city officials recommend taking other forms of transportation instead of driving.

“We have our micro mover with Circuit, just download the Ride Circuit app. They can pick you up anywhere in the city as long as it’s in the coverage area. We also have the Water Taxi and of course, any rideshare will help,” said City of Fort Lauderdale employee Arlene Bornstein.

Attendees should expect large crowds at Miami-Dade events as well, especially at Bayfront and Tropical Park.

Officials are urging everyone to have a safe and fun time celebrating America.

About the Authors:

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!

Ryan Mackey is a Digital Journalist at WPLG. He was born in Long Island, New York, and has lived in Sunrise, Florida since 1994.