We all know the Fourth of July is all about fireworks, food and family. But it’s also one of the best times of the year to go out and groove to the sounds of great DJs, with pool parties and rooftop soirees galore. Here are Miami.com’s Top 10 picks for this holiday’s best bashes:
1. IndepenDANCE Music Week Pool Parties at the Raleigh
IndepenDANCE celebrates its 10th year, and there’s no better way to party South Beach-style on the Fourth of July than chilling poolside at the gorgeous Raleigh Hotel. The DJ talent matches the classy ambiance: On Friday, dance to the Euro-beats of Cedric Gervais, who chose Miami Beach over his native France in 1998, then won a Grammy Award last year for his remix of Lana Del Rey’s hit “Summertime Sadness”; also on the bill are Michael Woods, Digital Lab, Damaged Goods and Andres Fresko. Saturday brings German DJ Loco Dice, famous for his 16-hour marathon sets and Used + Abused parties during Winter Music Conference, plus Stacey Pullen, Paul Ritch, Cocodrills, Louis Puig, Danyelino + Mada and ALX.
Noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.independance.wantickets.com; $25-$45, daybeds ,front-stage tables and cabanas $1,500-$2,000.
2. Dada Life at Story
This could be the wildest night of the weekend, as this Swedish DJ duo – an Ultra Music Festival favorite – is notorious for its onstage antics, sometimes involving copious amounts of bananas and champagne. Dada Life even broke the record for the world’s largest pillow fight last year at an event in Chicago, and is planning to embark on the world’s first DJ tour via hot-air balloon later this month in Los Angeles. But don’t let all the shenanigans distract you from the music, as it’s bursting with epic electro-house anthems, particularly “Rolling Stone T-Shirt” and “Unleash the F—ing Dada.”
11 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday at Story Miami, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30-$50.
3. Fireworks Are Sexier On Top
Check out the fireworks action over South Beach’s Lummus Park from one of the best viewing spots– on the Clevelander rooftop – along with hundreds of sexy party people, all put to a DJ’s beat.
7 p.m. Friday at the Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $20.
4. Fourth of July at Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale
Ocean-front fireworks? Check. Specialty cocktails including the festive Cape Cobbler? You got it. Sultry jazz-pop vocals from singer/actress Chloe Dolandis followed by versatile beats from DJ A-Train? Yes sir. The beautiful and classy Living Room has got everything you need to make your holiday a memorable one. And there’s no cover charge!
6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday atLiving Room at W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-414-8200; free.
5. 4th of July at The Shore Club
Party all day at the Reload Pool Party while grooving to the deep, progressive sounds of former model Miss Nine, who was born in Germany but learned her craft in Amsterdam. Afterward, head upstairs to the celeb-magnet Penthouse, where you can enjoy an open vodka bar and free hors d’oeuvres such as crab cake sliders and Thai chicken while dancing to DJ Gunars’ smooth beats.
Pool party noon-8 p.m. Friday at the Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $20-$40; Penthouse is open from 8-11 p.m.; $50.
6. IndepenDANCE Music Week Beach Parties at Nikki Beach
Celebrate the stars and stripes under the sun at this super-chic and sexy party hotspot, with British tribal and tech-house superstar Steve Lawler, German deep-house DJ Boris, and Miami’s own tribal-house god Oscar G providing the beats on Friday. Saturday brings a whole different kind of flavor with the Bacon Bash, featuring more than 50 bacon-themed dishes including bacon deviled eggs, bacon crab cakes, bacon mac and cheese and even desserts such as Nutella banana and bacon crepes. DJs David Tort, LA Riots, David Solano and Damaged Goods will help you work off all that gourmet comfort food.
11 a.m.-11 p.m Friday and Saturday at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; www.independance.wantickets.com; $25-$45; couches, daybeds, cabanas and stage VIP tables $430-$5,240.
7. Carnage at Mansion
The one time when carnage is a good thing: This L.A. DJ who has performed alongside Borgore and A-Trak mixes hip-hop, pop, electro and trap into a unique, mind-bending sonic brew that will fill the room with crackling energy.
11 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $30.
8. My Favorite Robot at the Delano Hotel
The Robots are taking over one of the Beach’s most beloved venues, as this Canadian EDM trio spins its ultra-fresh beats as part of the FDR/Delano’s Fourth of July edition of Notes From the Underground Fridays, along with Chad Andrew churning out deep, subliminal grooves.
10 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday at FDR at Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.wantickets.com; $15; for table reservations, call 305-924-4071.
9. Funkagenda at Off the Hookah
British DJ aka Adam Walder has carved out his own niche in EDM, with what DJ Mag calls his “tough but melodic big-room house sound.” Opening are Joseph Areas and Triarchy.
10 p.m. Friday at Off the Hookah, 111 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; www.wantickets.com; $20.
10. IndepenDANCE Music Week Beach Parties at Club Space
After you’ve had your fill of the sun on Friday, head downtown for some intense house music, with Canadian electro-house duo DVBBS manning the main room, while Cedric Gervais does double duty on the terrace after his daytime gig at the Raleigh Hotel. On Saturday night, Loco Dice spins a special set at midnight on the terrace after rocking the Raleigh.
10 p.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Club Space ,34 NE 11th St., Miami; www.independance.wantickets.com; $35-$45.