Monday, June 30, 2014

What to Do in Destin Around July 4 Holiday?

"What is going on in Destin?" It's one of the biggest questions we receive during a holiday week.  To help, we've compiled a list of festive July 4 celebrations.  Check out all of your options below. If you know of something we've missed, be sure to post it in the comments.

We  hope you have a safe and happy July 4!

July 3

Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival
Enjoy BBQ competition, fireworks, live music from two different stages, crafts and fun for kids, and more. Event is 1 – 10 p.m.  BBQ sampling at 6 p.m.  Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Red, White & Blue Celebration
Celebrate a local hero with live entertainment and a WWII vintage flyover.  The evening is topped off with a spectacular fireworks display.  Fun begins at 6 p.m.

Beach Blast at Elephant Walk
Enjoy a fireworks show, live music by Bo Adams, face painting, balloon sculpting, bonfire, and more, beginning at 6 p.m.

Americana Under the Stars
Enjoy free admission into Topsail Hill State Preserve.  Open mic starts at 6 p.m., and the Bridget Kelly Band will perform.  Bring a chair, your favorite beverage, and enjoy music in the park.

July 4

Museum Offers $1 Admission
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers $1 admission, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  View historic exhibits, including military, Native American, pioneer, and early industries.  Play in the hands-on Discovery Room and stroll in the new “Paradise Gardens” backyard exhibit.

Hilton’s Independence Day Celebration
Enjoy a traditional buffet dinner with all-American and coastal favorites, followed by a spectacular beach fireworks show.  Event is 6:30 – 9 p.m.  Make reservations at (850) 267-9500 x44.

Fireworks & Dinner Cruise Celebration
Celebrate on the water, as you cruise into the sunset, indulge in coastal cuisines, dance to live music, and watch the fireworks, aboard the 125’ Solaris yacht.  Cruise is from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Visit for pricing and reservations.

Fireworks Aboard the Southern Star
Cruise the Destin Harbor aboard the Southern Star.  The cruise is from 8:15 – 9:45 p.m.  Call (850) 837-7741 for pricing and reservations.

Red, White and Baytowne
The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have kids’ activities from 6 – 10 p.m., including crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting.  Mama’s Blue Dress will perform from 7 – 9 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

HarborWalk 4th of July Celebration
Let freedom ring, rock, and roll with the Victory Belles, as they revive the WWII classics with their vintage charm.  Concert begins at 7 p.m.  Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Beneath the Stars & Stripes – Sinfonia Concert
Enjoy a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on July 4, at the Lighthouse Amphitheater at Shoreline Village.  Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present Beneath the Stars & Stripes: A Tribute to our Armed Forces and Veterans.  The concert benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.  Find details at

City of Destin’s Fireworks
The City’s Annual Independence Day Fireworks show will take place near the Destin Harbor over the waters of the East Pass, beginning at 9 p.m.  Turn your radio to Z96 to hear the musical accompaniment.

July 5

Free Concert at HarborWalk Village

The Village will be rocking with a free live concert by Gypsy Riot on the HarborWalk Village main stage.  Concert starts at 7 p.m.

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