It's not hard to find a slew of things to do from Destin to 30A over the Independence Day holiday.
Smoke on the Coast
Celebrate Independence Day from 5-10 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Destin Commons with the seventh annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival. Sample BBQ dishes and cast votes for the coveted People’s Choice title. Live entertainment includes Heritage and Triggerproof along with street performers and kid’s activities. BBQ sampling is $1 per sample from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Coins for a Cause at Destin Commons. Firework extravaganza at 9:15 p.m.
Fourth of July Celebration
Visit the Destin harbor and celebrate Independence Day with live music at 7 p.m. Dana Point Band performs July 2, Kane & The Saints on July 3 and January Noise July 4. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. followed with fire spinning from Just Add. Other activities for the family include games, coke tasting, and crafts.
Easy on 30A Concert
Stop by Marina Park at WaterColor Inn from 5-10 p.m. July 3 to celebrate with music, dancing, a silent auction, raffles and more, all for a great cause. This year’s concert will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge, Lighthouse Family Ministries and the Muscogee Nation in Bruce. Bring a blanket or chairs for seating. Coolers and picnics welcome in the Park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public.
Kick off the Seaside Independence Day celebrations with the patriotic Stars & Stripes performance featuring the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. July 3 in the Amphitheater.
Fourth of July Celebration
Bike Decorating Contest and Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Bike Parade through Town Center in Rosemary Beach at 8:30 a.m. Family field day begins at 9 a.m. on the Western Green with sack races, water balloon toss, games, prizes and more. Music begins with Like Totally Hep Cats at 6 on the Western Green and a fireworks display starts at 8:45 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
Grayton Beach Parade
Those who’d rather decorate their cars in patriotic fashion can cruise over to Grayton Beach for the annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade at 8:30 a.m. No registration is needed. The lineup will begin at 8 a.m. at the Red Bar. Make sure to enjoy watermelon and lemonade at Grayton Coast Properties afterwards.
Red, White, and Baytowne
Celebrate July 4th at Red, White, and Baytowne beginning at 6 p.m. with lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, balloon animals and face painting. Live music with Donovan Keith & the Funky Feat begins at 7 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage and fireworks light up the sky at 9:15 p.m.
South Walton Parade
The annual South Walton 4th of July Parade begins at 8 a.m. down Scenic Highway 30A in Seagrove and will end in downtown Seaside. Watch the Victory Belles Concert at the Amphitheater at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks spectacular over the Gulf of Mexico at 8:30 p.m.
Sandestin 4th of July BBQ
Enjoy a 4th of July BBQ with live entertainment, face painting, bounce house and much more from 6-8:30 p.m. July 4 at Baytowne Marina. End the evening with fireworks over the Choctawhatchee Bay. For tickets, visit www.sandestin.com/bbq.
Fourth at Alys Beach
Get ready to celebrate Independence Day at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre with a bang from 6-9 p.m. A concert with The Bucktown All-Stars will be followed by a fireworks show. Admission is free, and bring blankets or chairs. Foods and beverages will be available for purchase from Henry’s Pizza Truck and include pizza, BBQ, shrimp cocktail, chicken on a stick, wines, beer, and sodas.
Victory Belles Concert
Enjoy a live performance by the Victory Belles vocal trio at 7 p.m. July 4 in the Seaside Amphitheater and take a nostalgic journey through World War II era musical classics. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.