Miami-Dade, Broward and the Keys Close Beaches for 4th of July Weekend

Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe County (Florida Keys) Close Beaches for 4th of july due to covid-19

Miami-Dade County Closes Beaches 4th of July Weekend

If you were planning to head to the beach for the 4th of July weekend, it’s time to think of plan B. Sunday night, Miami-Dade Mayor issued Emergency Order 25-20 closing all Miami-Dade beaches. The order states crowded beaches over the Fourth of July weekend could substantially accelerate the spread of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.

  • Beach closures start at Friday morning, July 3rd at 12:01 a.m.; and end Monday night, July 6th at 11:59 p.m.
  • The order applies to all public and private beaches in Miami-Dade County.
  • No parades shall be allowed during 4th of July weekend.
  • Municipal firework shows may take place during this time period but only in strict compliance with the social distancing and facial covering.

Key Biscayne Closes Parks & Cancels Parade

The latest emergency order caused the 61st Annual Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade to be cancelled. The Village of Key Biscayne mayor tweeted that in addition to the beaches being closed, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park will close July 3rd through July 7th, but hotel pools will remain open.

Key Biscayne Mayor tweets, “County Beaches, including Key Biscayne, will be closed July 3rd through July 6th. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park will be closed. Hotel Pools will remain open.

Broward County Closes Beaches For 4th of July Weekend

Monday morning, Broward county issued Emergency Order 20-19 citing the upcoming temporary closure of the beaches in Miami-Dade County and the recent increase in positive reported cases of COVID-19
within Broward County and the State of Florida.

  • All beaches in Broward County will close from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, until 11 :59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.
  • Violations of Broward County Emergency Orders may be prosecuted as criminal violations in the same manner as misdemeanors are prosecuted, including fines not to exceed $500 per violation, imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, or both, and/or as civil violations including fines of $1,000 per day per violation or fines of up to $15,000 per violation for a knowing violation that is irreparable or irreversible in nature.

The Florida Keys Close Beaches For 4th of July Weekend

On Monday, the Monroe County announced they will close all county-owned parks and beaches starting on Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. and will reopen them at normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 7. The Monroe County update is in conjunction with the closures in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Monroe County

  • Monroe County-owned parks and beaches are open, other than Fourth of July weekend.
  • Restrooms at Higgs Beach are closed. Volleyball is not allowed.
  • County-owned playgrounds are being sanitized daily.

City of Key West

Parks and beaches in the City of Key West are open, other than Fourth of July weekend. 

City of Marathon

City Park, Ocean Front Park, and both Sombrero and Coco Plum Beaches are open, other than Fourth of July weekend. However, due to safety concerns and an inability to mitigate them at this time, the following restrictions apply:

  • Playgrounds, basketball courts, skate park will remain closed.
  • Fields will be open for exercise, but no organized games will be authorized.
  • Pavilions and barbeque grills at the beach will be inaccessible until further notice.
  • Dog Parks, tennis courts, and the baseball field will be open for individuals practicing safe social distancing.
  • Groups of more than 10 are not allowed.
  • Hours of operations will be from dawn to dusk.
  • Minors must always be accompanied by an adult.

Village of Islamorada

The Founders Park beach and other Founders Park amenities are open to Islamorada residents, non-residents with Park Memberships or Pool Memberships, and visitors staying in Islamorada lodging establishments. The park is open from sunrise to sunset for passive and limited activities use only – as permitted by and following current CDC and State Health Department guidelines. OPEN for limited use are the beach, dog park, trails, tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball court, golf driving range, three restrooms. The Founders Park Office is open for limited business activities and the pool is open for fitness activities only. New memberships and membership renewals for Monroe County residents are available at the park office. The following remain CLOSED: fitness park, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

No groups of more than ten (10) are allowed and a maximum of twenty-five(25) users will be allowed on the Beach at any time. 

Anne’s Beach is open to the public. Library Park Beach and the area known as the Fills from MM 77.5 to 79.8 and restroom facilities at closed parks and beaches remain closed until further notice.

Key Colony Beach

  • Key Colony Golf course is open.
  • Sunset Park is open, other than Fourth of July weekend. 
  • The playground is closed.

State Parks

Visitors should expect limited hours, capacity, and amenities. Visit The Florida State Park Safety Update Page for an updated list of state parks that are open. 

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