Village’s July 4th celebration good for all of South Dade

This was only the second year for the Village of Palmetto Bay to host a July 4th celebration, but they sure did a bang-up job of it. And it’s an event that’s great for all of South Dade, not just the village residents.

Roughly 8,500 people attended the event whose major sponsor was South Motors. Food could be bought from local vendors that included Golden Rule Seafood, Asian Fusion, Hole in the Wall, Sports Grill, Les Caterers and many more.

Nashville recording artist Jade Sanders and Colbert the Band, all South Dade residents, provided the music, and the voice of the Miami Heat, Michael Biamonte, was the emcee for the night. There was even a guest appearance from the Heat mascot, Burnie, and the Children’s Zone was full all day long.

More than just a holiday celebration, this event helps promote the Franjo Triangle and the Downtown Redevelopment Project that will turn the long-neglected area into a gateway for South Dade.

Resident Anthony Gorman told me, “The village’s celebration was a fantastic event. It had rides and games for the children, great food vendors, excellent bands and plenty of room. This is a great example of the village giving back to the community.”

Some of the games for kids included Hula Hoop and Sack Races, with kids prizes purchased at Big Lots by park staff and part of the budget.

There was the Most Patriotic Costume Contest, too, with the winner chosen by applause. Also a Most Patriotic Golf Cart Contest, with the prize courtesy of Cutler Bay Carts. Palmetto Bay residents participated in a raffle for a barbecue grill courtesy of Evening Delights.

Honor Flight South Florida organization, which helps transport American veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the memorial had a charity raffle that was part of the event.

Peter England commented, “Fantastic job on the July 4 celebration. My congratulations to all village staff for making this event so spectacular. Even my skeptical neighbor is now a believer!”

Dr. James A. Thomas told village officials, “Once again, the event went very well and smooth. Thank you again and your team for a great event.”

Dr. Ed Feller, former village vice mayor, said, “Wonderful event, great image for the village of Palmetto Bay!”

This is the kind of event that pleases the residents and adds to the prestige of the area, uniting the community in the best way possible and setting the stage for needed improvements. All in all, the event was as impressive as the fireworks display.

Long time resident Jim Ariza commented, “All I can say about the Village of Palmetto Bay’s July 4th celebration is how can they possibly top this next year!?”

It’s good to see things so well done, that so many people enjoy.

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