Macy's Aventura Salutes American Icons PartyThursday, May 15, 6pm – Macy’s, Aventura Mall, 19535 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

As part of our salute to all the things that make us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, Macy’s is hosting a kick-off party and you’re invited to join for all the in-store excitement. For complete event details, visit macys.com/americanicons. What do you love about America? Take a pic, tag it with #AmericanIcons and when you share it with the world, they’ll share it on their Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page.

Women’s Department, Fashion Building: Join for the launch of American Icons – a tribute to all things Americana. They’re starting the party right with local talent performance showcase and makeovers for the Student Veterans Organization hosted by comedian and The Insider celebrity correspondent Michael Yo! Discover everything you need to put together a timeless, all-American ensemble at their informal fashion presentation styles by fashion blogger Kelly Saks of Kelly’s Klozet and Kristin Clark of Living In Color Print. Enjoy refreshments courtesy of Onli beverages, carnival foods by Donut Divas and Fun Food, beats from live DJ, makeovers, cooking demos and an #AmericanIcons selfie station. This is definitely a celebration you don’t want to miss!

Tommy Hilfiger Handbag Department, Fashion Building: Purchase any Tommy Hilfiger handbag and have it customized with a unique hand-painted design or monogram by New York-based artist Sarah Oliphant.

Macy’s Culinary Kitchen, Home Store, 7p: Watch and learn as featured chefs, including Eric Weeks and Rusty Johnson from Craft Bar & Q, Home of Passion BBQ Food Truck, go head-to-head in Macy’s “Battle of the BBQ” cook-off! Both teams will grill, smoke and sear their famous recipes, but only one will emerge the victor. The best part? You’ll get to sample the delicious results and vote for the winner! Get tips from the chefs as they share their expertise and see how to spice up your own barbecue. Need some gear? Visit the specialists from KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Martha Stewart to find everything you need. As an added bonus, make any $40 or more purchase in the Housewares Department to receive a special culinary-inspired gift*!

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