4 parties in Miami to put on your social agenda – July 1-4

July 4th celebrations included plenty of partiers at the Surfcomber Hotel pool for the annual IndepenDance party, inspite of the rainy weather. Photo: Tomas Loewy


You Can Dance If You Want To

Although Nikki Beach Miami, 1 Ocean Dr., bills itself as “the quintessential South of France-style beach club,” it really is purely American, and on July 4, will prove it with its IndepenDance celebration featuring DJs Victor Calderone, Chus + Ceballos, Behrouz, Rafa Barrios, Vanjee, ALX, Patrick M, Debby Coda, MD and surprise guests spinning for 17 straight hours beginning at noon. There will also be a BBQ and a massive fireworks show, one of only two taking place directly – and legally – on South Beach and exclusively for Nikki Beach party people. Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.independance.com


A Boon to Tunes

 Born at the now defunct Fort Lauderdale live music spot Squeeze back in 1993, The Baboons have shared the bill with everyone from Jimmy Buffet to George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars, but 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 2, exactly 23 years since the band’s birth, they will play a three-set gig at Woody’s West End Tavern, 600 Payne Dr., Miami Springs. “We’ll be playing a lot of songs from Spanglish as well as songs that will be on our next recording and a few select cuts from our earlier albums Evolution and Global Gumbo,” said lead singer Majica. “It’s hard to believe that we have hit the 23-year mark, but the calendar doesn’t lie. It’s a dream come true to still be able to do what we do this many years later!”  No cover.


Password Protected

The Martini Bar at The Raleigh Miami Beach, 1775 Collins Ave., has that speakeasy vibe not easily created in these parts. Adding to that aura is a new password program, unlocking weekly surprise specials available at the bar with the mention of the secret word and phrase. Every Monday, The Raleigh will post the password on their Instagram account (@TheRaleighHotel). That code will elicit everything from buy one get one drink offers to free food. Just make sure you have it committed to memory. “There’s no ‘forgot your password’ button here, so come prepared,” they tell us.


Hyde Times

Give at least three cheers for the red, white and blue as Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., throws a weekend-long Independence Day bash from 11 a.m. till sundown Saturday through Monday. Kicking things off Saturday are DJ Max Vangeli and Damaged Goods. On Sunday, progressive house DJ Sharam celebrates the release of new album Retroactive with an extended set along DJ Los de la Vega. Throughout the weekend there will be a special July 4 BBQ menu and, of course, fireworks. Tickets start at $25 and are available here. “Up North” at Hyde’s sister property Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, 111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, a two-day celebration starting at noon on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 with a special BBQ menu, $10 blue and red frozen cocktails, face painting for the kids, fresh pressed Juicee samples, Bud Light swag and more. Admission is free to be you and me. Happy 4th!

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