With the Independence Day weekend right around the corner, you are probably wondering whos’ hosting the parades and fireworks this year on 30A. Thankfully many of the traditional options are available again Whether you want to watch fireworks or enjoy a parade, there’s a perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July for everyone in South Walton. Please note that during my research on this post I found a lot of old articles with info that has not been updated for 2021 so be sure to double check the article dates. Special thanks to Sarah Noonan on her extensive post on this topic. If your looking for 4th Of July fireworks in Destin I strongly encourage you to check out her blog post here. Visitsouthwalton.com has also done a great job of consolidating all the local events and much of the info below was taken from their website so please be sure to visit their site as well for further details and info https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/news/press-release/fourth-july-happenings-in-south-walton/
In the meantime, here’s a nice little recap that should help you get started on trying to figure out where you and your family/friends will be watching the fireworks that we definitely missed last year!
Rags to Riches Regatta | July 3, 7 a.m. at Grayton Beach
The Rags to Riches Regatta is a 40-year sailing tradition where 30A locals and visitors gather to cheer on teams as they navigate 16-foot catamarans in a race from Grayton Beach (originally known as the “rags” side of town) to Seagrove (also known as the “riches” neighborhood). Presented by Crater Train Brewing Company, The 30A Company, and Tribe Kelley Surf Post, the race will benefit South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and their mission to protect and preserve our local marine resources.
- Website: ragstorichesregatta.com
- Race starts in Grayton Beach and ends in Seagrove.
Blue Mountain Bakery Block Party | July 3, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Blue Mountain Bakery is celebrating two years of operation with a block party. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live bluegrass music from Longleaf Drive. The bakery will be open for dinner and dessert. BBQ brisket and shrimp boil plates will also be available. Pre-order is encouraged for larger parties. All proceeds will benefit a Blue Mountain Bakery employee’s grandchild recently diagnosed with leukemia.
- Website: bluemountainbakery.com/eats
- Address: 2217 W Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade | July 4, 8 a.m. Starting at The Red Bar
Come join in the fun for the annual July 4th parade in the wonderful and funky town of Grayton Beach. Line up on Hotz Avenue next to The Red Bar starts at 8 a.m. with the parade starting at 8:30 a.m. Decorate your cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc. No registration needed and everyone is welcome! After the parade meet up at Grayton Coast Properties for popsicles, watermelon and lemonade.
- Website: visitsouthwalton.com/events/grayton-beach-parade/
- Address: 70 Hotz Ave, Grayton Beach, FL 32459
Rosemary Beach Fireworks and Field Day | All Day Event on July 4
Fireworks at 8:45 p.m.
The Fourth of July is an all-day event in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy bicycle decorating, a bike parade, and family friendly field day events. End the day by bringing your blankets and lawn chairs to the beach to enjoy a star-spangled fireworks display in Rosemary Beach.
- Website: rosemarybeach.com/4th-of-july-celebration/
- Address: North Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
Seaside Fourth of July Celebration | July 4, 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
Fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of a parade along 30A this year, SEASIDE® is hosting a day of patriotic activities in Central Square. We are excited to have an all-day block party (think of it as a reverse parade) with Merchants storefronts donned in patriotic decor and second-line-style patriotic music performances around town throughout the day, with a special performance by the Rep Theatre. All of this will culminate into what will be the largest fireworks shows not only in Seaside but along the entire Gulf Coast. We hope to celebrate with you!Seaside will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a block party with decorated storefronts 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Enjoy nearby balloon art and stilt walking performances. End the holiday with Seaside’s spectacular fireworks finale over the Gulf of Mexico. Get the best seats from either the Seaside Amphitheater or anywhere along the beach in Seaside.
- Website: seasidefl.com/events/4th-of-july-festivities
- Address: Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Red White and Baytowne | July 4, 6 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Celebrate Independence Day at this family friendly event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Kids activities include crafts, face painting and balloon sculpting. Live music starts on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 p.m. and will feature Donovan Keith.
- Website: baytownewharf.com/what_to_do.php?month=7
- Address: 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Fourth of July Pool Party for WaterColor Inn Guests | July 4, 4 – 7 p.m.
WaterColor Inn guests and WaterColor Community guests and owners can celebrate Independence Day with a family-friendly DJ Pool Party at WaterColor Beach Club. Enjoy weekend-long food and drink specials and live music poolside on Sunday, July 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. *This event is for WaterColor Inn guests and WaterColor Community guests/owners. Food and drink specials will be all available all weekend at both WaterColor Beach Club and Camp WaterColor.
- Website: watercolorresort.com/amenities/recreation
- Address: 20 Goldenrod Cir, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Independence Day at Shunk Gulley | July 4, 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Come celebrate our freedom and the Fourth of July at Shunk Gulley with live music, food and drink specials with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.
- Website: shunkgulley.com/events-on-30A
- Address: 1875 S Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Sunday, July 4, 2021
8:00 AM – 4th of July Parade @ Grayton Beach
8:00 AM – Hammock Bay Farmers Market @ Hammock Bay
9:00 AM – 4th of July @ Seaside
9:00 AM – Fireworks and Field Day @ North Barrett Square
9:00 AM – Rosemary Beach events all day @ Rosemary Beach
10:00 AM – Fourth of July Biscuits & Beer @ WaterColor Inn & Resort
11:00 AM – JULY 4TH @ Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
11:30 AM – Bluegrass Brunch w/ Longleaf Drive @ Stinky’s Fish Camp
1:00 PM – Sunday Live music @ North Beach Social
3:00 PM – Independence Day Jam w/ Los Locos Duo @ North Beach Social
4:00 PM – 4th of July Festival @ DeFuniak Springs
4:00 PM – Forrest Williams Band @ Local Catch Bar & Grill
4:00 PM – Fourth of July Pool Party @ WaterColor Inn & Resort
4:00 PM – Live Music @ Shore Thing Cigars
4:00 PM – Pickled Pickers @ AJ’s Grayton Beach
4:00 PM – Sand Ole Opry w/ Mike Whitty & Friends @ The Bay
5:00pm – Russ Whitten @ Old Florida Fish House
6:00 PM – Weston T Hine Duo @ 30Avenue Summer Concert Series
8:30 PM – Fireworks @ Seaside
8:45 PM – 4th of July Celebration at Rosemary Beach
9:00 PM – Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks at Pier Park
9:15 PM – Red White & Baytowne
12noon live music @Red Bar