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The Emerald Coast, with its sparkling turquoise waters and sugar-white sandy beaches, is a summer paradise that truly comes alive on the 4th of July. From lively parades and dazzling fireworks displays to beach parties and family-friendly festivities, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day. So, grab your sunblock and your American flag, and let’s explore the best places to be this 4th of July on the Emerald Coast!


HarborWalk Village 4th of July Extravaganza

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Kick off your celebrations at Destin's HarborWalk Village with live music, street performers, and a breathtaking fireworks display over the harbor. The evening festivities start at 7:00 PM, leading up to the grand fireworks show at 9:00 PM. Arrive early to snag a good spot, and don’t forget to check out the local vendors and food stalls for a taste of Destin’s culinary delights.

Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival

Date: July 3rd, 2024
Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Get a head start on your 4th of July celebrations with the Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival at Destin Commons. This event features delicious BBQ from local teams competing for the best BBQ title, live music, and fun activities for kids. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 PM. 

Miramar Beach

Red, White, and Baytowne

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin is hosting its annual Red, White, and Baytowne celebration. With live music, kids’ activities, and face painting, there’s something for everyone in the family. The night ends with a vibrant fireworks show over the lagoon at 9:15 PM.

Santa Rosa Beach

Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: 8:30 AM

Start your day with the quirky and beloved Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade. Locals and visitors alike decorate their vehicles, bikes, and even themselves in festive attire to join the parade that winds through this charming beach town. The parade begins at The Red Bar and ends at Grayton Coast Properties with a celebration that includes watermelon and lemonade.

Seaside Independence Day Concert and Fireworks

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Seaside’s iconic amphitheater is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. The evening kicks off with a live concert at 7:00 PM, followed by one of the most impressive fireworks displays along the coast at 9:00 PM. Bring your blankets and chairs for a night of music and fireworks under the stars.

Panama City Beach

Star Spangled Spectacular

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: 9:00 PM

Panama City Beach offers a stunning fireworks display, the Star Spangled Spectacular, launched from the City Pier and County Pier. This dual fireworks show starts at 9:00 PM and can be seen from almost anywhere along the beach. Make a day of it with beach games, swimming, and soaking up the sun before the night sky lights up in celebration.

Freedom Rocks! Fireworks Show

Date: July 3rd, 2024
Time: 8:30 PM

Celebrate a day early at the Freedom Rocks! Fireworks Show at Grand Lagoon. This event features live music starting at 6:00 PM and a fantastic fireworks display over the lagoon at 8:30 PM. It's a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations.

Whether you’re looking for a lively party or a relaxing evening by the water, the Emerald Coast has something for everyone this 4th of July. With its breathtaking scenery and vibrant community spirit, you’re sure to have a memorable Independence Day. Happy 4th of July!

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