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Our annual celebration of Independence recognizes the incredible efforts of our country’s founders with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776.

This weekend, we begin to experience all the fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies often associated with the occasion.

In Coral Gables, this means a big gathering at the Biltmore Hotel on Tuesday evening. Make plans now to spend some quality time with family and friends as we honor the birth of this great nation.

We humbly submit, for your casual perusal and cultural edification, the following list of Great Gables Events.

Robert and Robin Burr

Giralda Al Fresco now 8am to midnight on Saturdays
Giralda Al FrescoGather your fellow foodies and make your way to the new Giralda Plaza on Saturdays from 8am to midnight, when the entire block is restricted to pedestrian traffic. Giralda restaurants are setting up their outdoor tables on the open plaza on Coral Gables’ famous Restaurant Row for delightful Al Fresco dining. Enjoy outdoor café seating for brunch, lunch and dinner with live music from noon to midnight. Discounted and validated parking is available in nearby City parking garages as well as centralized valet parking. Giralda Plaza’s Restaurant Row is located between Ponce and Galiano, two blocks north of Miracle Mile. Enjoy this milestone opportunity as Coral Gables declares itself a pedestrian-friendly community.

The 25th Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild Trioical Botanic GardenCelebrate our tropical summers this weekend with the juiciest event: The International Mango Festival at Fairchild Garden, from 9:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy two days of the King of Tropical Fruit. Enjoy expert lectures, cooking demonstrations and tips to keep your mango trees thriving. Pick up a trick from local chefs at a cooking demonstration. Shop artisan vendors or pick up delicious foods from local vendors. Sample refreshing brews perfect for Summer. Enter the Fairchild Mango Taste Test room. Fairchild selects the finest quality mangos, ripened to perfection and freshly cut for your tasting, cut fresh every day, all available for tasting. Help us decide which mango will reign supreme this year. (Supplies limited, while supplies last), $2 per person. Mango tree sales, food vendors, kid’s activities, brewery garden, lectures, workshops, Science Village Classroom and the annual Mango Brunch. Ticket for Fairchild Members are $40; Nonmembers: $50. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Call 305-667-1651. http://www.fairchildgarden.org

July 4th at the Biltmore
4th of July at the Biltmore HotelThe annual big fireworks and music celebration at the Biltmore Hotel on the 4th of July is set to start at 5pm on the golf course greens with free shuttle service. The free concert with the Greater Miami Symphonic Band starts at 7pm and the fireworks show begins at 9pm. This event is sponsored by the City of Coral Gables and the Biltmore Hotel. Please don’t bring sparklers, glass containers, barbecue grills or tents or pets. Lawn chairs are permitted. Free Shuttle: Avoid the traffic and take the shuttle from University of Miami Pavia Garage; or Coral Gables Youth Center at 405 University Drive; or Garage 4 at 345 Andalusia Avenue. The last shuttle will depart for the fireworks at 8:15pm. Bike Valet: Trade four wheels for two this Independence Day, and ride your bike to the Biltmore Hotel to enjoy the fireworks celebration. The easy, secure, and complimentary Bike Valet Parking service is provided by Green Mobility Network. http://coralgables.com/index.aspx?page=21&recordid=21885

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