Bayfront Park is a 32-acre (13 ha) public, urban park in Downtown Miami, Florida on Biscayne Bay. Located in the park is a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus sculpted by Count Vittorio di Colbertaldo of Verona, one of Benito Mussolini’s hand picked ceremonial bodyguards known as the “Black Musketeers.
The park began construction in 1924 under the design plans of Warren Henry Manning and officially opened in March 1925. Beginning in 1980, it underwent a major redesign by Japanese-American modernist artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi.
Bayfront Park holds the city’s annual “America’s Birthday Bash” on Independence Day, which attracted over 60,000 visitors in 2011. The park also hosts the city’s official New Year’s Eve party that annually hosts over 70,000 visitors.