Destin Commons expansion opening celebration and Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The 4th Annual Smoke on The Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival will be held Thursday, July 3rd from 1-10 p.m. at Destin Commons.

This is a festivity not to miss. Destin Commons is celebrating the opening of its new 100,000 square foot expansion and 4th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival, Thursday, July 3rd from 1-10 p.m.

Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled family holiday celebration with live entertainment, activities for the kids, giveaways, delicious BBQ and more.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Destin Commons’ expansion offers an exciting array of new stores and restaurants, including Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, a unique aquatic under water themed restaurant with 16-lane bowling alley. You also won’t want to miss H& M, a European fashion retail giant offering designer inspired clothing for men, women and children, along with trendy accessories at a great price. With more than 10 new stores and restaurants to choose from, the best shopping in Destin just got a whole lot better. 

As you enjoy a great day of shopping and fun, be sure to get your commemorative Smoke on the Coast T-shirt, free at Guest Services located in front of AMC with purchase receipts dated July 3-6 of $100 or more from any Destin Commons locations. While supplies last, so don’t wait.

With your T-shirt in hand and stores all visited, you’ll surely soon be ready to feed your hearty appetite with delicious tastings and BBQ samplings from more than twenty area restaurants and BBQ aficionados. Starting at 6 p.m., and for just $1 a sample, tempt your taste buds and vote for your favorite and this year’s Best BBQ People’s Choice winners. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, Fisher House and Building Homes for Heroes, as well as Children in Crisis and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. 

As you stroll through the center enjoying the sounds of Coconut Radio, Chris Alvarado, Jones & Company, Heritage and THE MAXX, prepare yourself for the most spectacular fireworks show on the Emerald Coast with the area’s first Independence Day celebration and the biggest fireworks display lighting up the sky with fireworks bursting from rooftops throughout the entire center. 

Arrive early or avoid the traffic with Destin Commons’ complimentary Park and Ride Shuttle Service starting at 4 p.m. at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach, and at the Mattie Kelly Arts Cultural Village/Grace Lutheran Church parking areas in Destin.  Shuttles will run continuously through 11 p.m.

Award-winning Destin Commons continues to set the standard as Northwest Florida’s premier open-air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining and entertainment. For additional information, call (850) 337-8700 or visit


Thursday  July 3  1 – 10 pm

Kid’s Activities & Face Painting

Street Performers

Americana Street Marching Band

Food, Food and More Food

Live Entertainment

     Main Stage                                       Center Plaza Stage

     1 pm -  Chris Alvarado                   1 pm - Coconut Radio

     3 pm -  Jones & Company            2 pm - DJ Shane

     5 pm - Heritage                               3 pm - Coconut Radio

     7 pm – THE MAXX                           4 pm - DJ Shane

6 pm - BBQ Competitor Samplings & People’s Choice Voting Begins

9 pm - BBQ People’s Choice Award Winners Announced - Main Stage

9:30 - Fireworks Finale


Mattie Kelly Arts Cultural Village/ Grace Lutheran Church

Destiny Worship Center