For the second consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to the City of Homestead’s annual 4th of July celebration Monday, July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature family entertainment to include: live music, children’s activities, food and drinks, games and a classic Independence Day fireworks display. In addition, tickets to see NASCAR Champions crowned this fall at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be available for purchase.
“It’s a tremendously uplifting feeling to open our doors for the City of Homestead to host our local community for this most patriotic of American holidays. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate our freedom and the nation’s birthday,” said track president Matt Becherer. “Before NASCAR fireworks take place on the track this fall during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the City of Homestead will light up the sky July 4th for our South Florida neighbors.”
Admission to the “Race to the Fourth” is FREE, with the display and vendor area near the Rum Pavilion located outside of the grandstands. Viewing of the fireworks show will be from the very same grandstands where this fall Homestead-Miami Speedway will host the biggest names in NASCAR including: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, and South Florida-residents Juan Pablo Montoya and Brian Vickers. These are just a few of the names who will do battle in the NASCAR series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 18-20.
Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman said he hopes thousands of Homestead residents will come to this year’s Fourth of July celebration. “As a community, we must be mindful, dedicated, and ever-vigilant of the freedoms that we enjoy and the price that has been paid over many generations to sustain them,” said Mayor Bateman. “This Fourth of July we will get together with our community and celebrate America during this wonderful afternoon!”
“Race to the Fourth” guests will be treated to music from two live bands—“Main Highway” and “No Restrictions”—along with patriotic songs from the South Dade Community Choir. Dougie Hitchcock of Thunder Country 100.3 and popular host of the “Octane Hour” motorsports show will serve as the master of ceremonies. With food and drinks available on site, personal items and coolers will not be permitted at entry.
In addition, a U.S. Citizenship Swear-in Ceremony will take place on stage during the event. A group of five military men will be sworn-in by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration official and will become U.S. Citizens on this most patriotic American Holiday.
Homestead Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, who has spearheaded the event along with the Parks & Recreations Department, said the 4th of July Homestead celebration is one of the City’s most important community events.
“Last year we had over 10,000 people share the birthday of our nation with us, and it was the most moving experience to remember our freedom and those who have fought for it under the amazing light of the fireworks,” said Vice-Mayor Waldman. “I have been attending the Fourth of July Homestead Celebration since I was a little girl, and each year it is even better. I am excited to be sharing this holiday with our residents again.”