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Homestead-Miami Speedway is South Florida’s most exciting attraction and this Independence Day it was also the most patriotic as tens of thousands flocked to the City of Homestead’s eighth annual Race to the 4th. Families from all over Homestead and South Florida dressed in their most patriotic ensembles to enjoy an evening of live music, kids’ activities, and fireworks.
Local musicians Main Highway and Ricky Valido rocked the main stage as attendees danced the night away. Main Highway kept it classic with high-energy rock covers, and Ricky Valido provided a very South Florida take on country music along with his band “The Hialeah Hillbillies.” Among those enjoying the festivities were Homestead’s Mayor & Council, as well as several visiting dignitaries.
For anyone with an empty stomach, numerous food trucks were on hand offering a variety of tasty summer treats along with refreshing beverages to wash it all down. Kids had plenty to occupy themselves with, including midway style amusement rides and games.
The Champions Club played host to a special VIP event, featuring unlimited food and soft drinks and a preferred view of the fireworks. The highlight of the evening was the pie-eating contest, pitting Homestead’s hungriest against each other. Last year’s returning champion defended his title successfully for the third year in a row, but not without fierce competition from ravenous challengers.
Of course, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without a fireworks show and this was no exception. The dazzling pyrotechnic display, synced to a mix of patriotic tunes and pop hits, delighted patriots of all ages and provided the perfect finale to this salute to all things America.