Fireworks again to fill the skies over Biltmore Hotel on July 4

Coral Gables brings back a tradition of July 4 fire- works at the Biltmore Hotel.

Colorful fireworks once again will fill the night skies over the Coral gables on July 4. The City of Coral Gables, Bacardi USA Inc., the Biltmore Hotel, University of Miami and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, along with several other corporate spon- sors, have joined to help bring back this much-loved city event.

This year’s celebration will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m., concessions, patriotic mascots, and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.

The July 4 Fireworks Celebration, one of the city’s most popular traditions, was last conducted in 2006. With the belief that coming together for special occa- sions serves to enrich our sense of com- munity, Mayor Jim Cason and members of the commission asked staff to bring back the Independence Day favorite with the help of corporate sponsors.

“The fireworks event brings the entire community together for a wonderful, patri- otic, and fun-filled evening. We are thrilled to be co-hosting this event with the Biltmore Hotel, and Bacardi USA Inc., as a key sponsor,” Mayor Cason said.

“As we’ve been bringing people together for 150 years, Bacardi is proud to be involved with this Independence Day event,” said Toby

Whitmoyer, vice president and brand managing director, rum category, at Bacardi USA Inc. “We jumped at the opportunity to bring back this popular celebration in our own backyard as part of our long-standing legacy and com- mitment to local community involve- ment and philanthropy.”

Founded in Santiago de Cuba on Feb. 4, 1862, and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with activities around the world honoring the world’s favorite rum brand.

“We’re delighted to resume our role as a co-host with the city for Independence Day celebrations at the Biltmore and again illuminate our National Historic Landmark with a grand fireworks dis- play,” said T. Gene Prescott, president of Seaway Hotels Corporation.

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