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Best Fourth of July Activities around Destin, Florida

Fourth of July is an exciting time to visit Florida’s Emerald Coast. The days are filled with fun in the sun, while the night sky lights up at night with fireworks.

South Walton and Destin have many great events to help you have the perfect Independence Day celebration. Here is a list of 2024 events and firework displays to help you plan your 4th of July celebration in and around Destin, Florida.


Fourth of July Eve 


July 3 – Star Spangled Food Truck Festival, 5:00–9:30 p.m.

Destin Commons is hosting its inaugural Star-Spangled Food Truck Festival, where you can try tasty foods from the area’s best food trucks. Twenty-five food trucks will line the streets of Destin Commons, where you can indulge in scrumptious Thai food, mouth-watering grilled cheese, and everything in between. In between the food extravaganza, you can enjoy live music from Duchess and Tobacco Road Band, and the evening will conclude with the grandest fireworks display on the coast. Learn more here. Address: 4100 Legendary Dr., Destin, FL 32541


Fourth of July 


July 4 – AJ’s Grayton Beach 4th of July Celebration – 8:00 a.m. 

Join AJ’s Grayton Beach and pick up a Family BBQ Package, home-made key lime pie, and more! Wherever you go this 4th, bring Aj’s with you for good times and good eats. Preorder and pickup anytime after 1 p.m. Address: 63 Defuniak St., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


July 4 - AJ's Destin 4th of July Celebration - 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 

Join AJ’s Destin for live music, drinks, and fireworks at 9 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aj’s will be serving lunch and dinner with all sorts of live music from 4 p.m. till they start the fireworks show. Address: 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541


July 4 – South Walton 4th of July Parade- 8:00 a.m. 

Join the Seaside community in celebrating Independence Day with the annual South Walton 4th of July parade and festivities along scenic 30A. Join a bike decoration contest at 7:30 a.m., participate in field day at 9 a.m., then onto the parade at 8:30 a.m.! The lineup will start at the Red Bar and make its way down scenic Highway 30A to Seaside. Don’t forget to enjoy watermelon and lemonade at the Grayton Coast properties! Address: 25 Central Square, Seaside, FL – Parade End & 1505 County Rd., 283 S, Grayton Beach, FL – for parking and shuttle.


July 4 – Red, White and Baytowne – 7:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

With lots of fun family-friendly activities, lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, face painting, live music, and fireworks, Baytowne has everything for an enjoyable Fourth of July. Live music from Below Alabama starts at 7, with fireworks following shortly after at 9:15 p.m. Free and open to the public, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Address: 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach, FL


July 4 – Destin Harbor/Harbor Walk Village 4th of July celebration- 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Head on down to Harbor Walk Village in Destin to celebrate the 4th of July! Enjoy live music from bands such as Vintage Fly Over and Manly Hero Band playing between 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then enjoy stunning fireworks and fire spinning around 9:00! Get amped up for tunes and entertainment while enjoying good food and shops in-between! Address: 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541.


July 4 - City of Destin Fireworks- 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day with the City of Destin. The city is having a fireworks show over East Pass that will begin at 9 p.m. You can tune in to Z96 (96.5 FM) for the simulcast music. This show can be enjoyed from Harbor Walk Village, the beaches along Gulf Shore Drive, most harborfront establishments, and from the deck of charter or leisure boats that anchor down for the show. Address: East Pass, Destin, FL 32541


July 4 – Fireworks on Navarre Beach 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.

End your Independence Day celebration with a fireworks show at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Head down to the pier of the beach to get a front-row seat and watch these explosions of color fly throughout the night. Address: 8579 Gulf Blvd, Navarre, FL, United States


July 4 – Solaris Fireworks Dinner Cruise – 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Don’t miss the boat on the ultimate 4th of July in Destin celebration on the water as you cruise into the sunset, enjoy coastal cuisines, and dance to live music. At the end of the night, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the sky deck. The dinner menu includes an array of coastal and comfort cuisines such as gulf shrimp and grits, braised boneless short rib, and creole chicken. Get a window table and watch the sun disappear under the water. Book now and check out their website for details and pricing. 


More Fireworks - July 5th

Turn your Wednesdays into a BLAST with the Okaloosa Island Fireworks Summer Series! Throw down a blanket or pull up a chair and bring the family to The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Make your Wednesdays "BOOM" with the Okaloosa Island Summer Fireworks happening at 9 p.m. each Wednesday through August 9, 2023. Visit the Destin Chamber website for more details. 


What's Next?

Not in Destin for the Fourth of July? Start planning your next Destin vacation. View our collection of premier Destin vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.


See you @ the beach!

*Updated 7/3/24  

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019