Attention all beach lovers, sun seekers, and fun enthusiasts – get ready for the biggest beach bash of the summer! July 4th is right around the corner and the Emerald Coast is the place to be. From the sugar-white sands of 30A to the bustling Destin Harbor, the beaches are gearing up to celebrate the nation's birthday in style. Grab your shades, flip flops, and sunscreen – it's time to get festive! Here's the inside scoop on all the exciting Independence Day events happening at the beach along 30A, Sandestin, and Destin. Get your patriotic spirit ready – it's going to be a blast!

30A Fourth of July Celebrations

Alys Beach Concert & Fireworks

The Bay Kings Band will be performing from 6 – 9 PM in the Amphitheatre with fireworks to follow, weather permitting. Bring your blanket or low-back chairs. Food and beverages can be purchased.

Concert 6-9 PM
Fireworks 9 PM

Grayton Beach Independence Day Parade

The line up on Hotz Avenue next to The Red Bar begins at 8 AM.  The parade starts at 8:30 AM. Decorate your cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc. No registration needed and everyone is welcome!

Parade line-up at Red Bar 8 AM 

Parade 8:30 AM

Grayton Beach Fourth of July Celebrations

Grayton Beach Rags to Riches Regatta (*July 1*)

The Rags to Riches Regatta dates back to 1981 when a group of sailors in Grayton Beach conceived the idea of a friendly competition to be held on Independence Day. The sailing tradition continues today 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). The race benefits South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA)

Race starts in Grayton Beach and ends in Seagrove. July 1, 7 AM

Rosemary Beach Star Spangled Spectacular

Enjoy a fun filled day in Rosemary Beach! Kickstart your day with the Bike Decorating Contest and Breakfast beginning at 7:30 AM in North Barrett Square. Afterward, join the bike parade to Western Green at 8:30 AM, where a block party awaits where they will unveil the winners of the bike decorating contest. Additional activities at the block party include face painting, airbrush tattoos, balloons, colored hair spray, and more! End the day with a concert beginning at 6:30 PM and be dazzled by fireworks at 8:45 PM.

Bike Decoration Contest & Breakfast at North Barrett Square. 7:30 AM
Bike Parade through Town Center, treats from Kona Shaved Ice. 8:45 AM
Family Field Day on Western Green. Sack races, games, prizes, etc. 9 AM
Musical concert under the stars. 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Star-spangled fireworks display on the beach! 8:45 PM

30A and Sandestin Fourth of July Events

Seaside Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Spectacular

Experience the grandest celebration of the year in Seaside! The festivities begin with the lively Block Party, starting at 9 AM and extending through the morning. The block party includes face painters, Uncle Sam Stilt Walker, Caricaturists, Juggler, Balloon Twisters and Ventriloquist. Prepare to be enchanted by the Pops Concert at 6:30 p.m., presented by the esteemed Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

The pinnacle of the celebration unfolds at 8:30 PM. Brace yourself for the largest fireworks spectacle along the Gulf Coast, illuminating the skies above the shimmering waters.

Central Square Block Party 9 AM-12 PM
Performance by REP (In front of Sundog Books) 9 AM
Stories by the Sea by REP (In front of Post Office) 10 AM
Huck & Lilly Kids Music Concert (Amphitheater Stage) 10 AM
Roaming Brass Band 11 AM-1 PM
Wild Bill’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Amphitheater Stage) 11:30 AM
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Pops Concert in the Seaside Amphitheater 6:30 PM
Fireworks Spectacular over the Gulf of Mexico 8:30 PM

Village of Baytowne Wharf Red, White and Baytowne

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, located within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, has a delightful lineup of activities for kids of all ages. Engage in creative kids crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. There's something for everyone to revel in during this extraordinary celebration.

Prepare to be enthralled as the sensational band TRIPPP takes the stage on the Events Plaza, delivering captivating live music from 7 to 9:15 PM. As the evening unfolds, get ready to witness a mesmerizing fireworks display, illuminating the night sky in a dazzling spectacle promptly at 9:15 PM.

Children’s activities on the lawn. 6 PM
Live music on the Events Stage. 7 PM
Fireworks over the lagoon! 9:15 PM

Baytowne Wharf Fourth of July

If you're looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the Fourth of July, there are plenty of exciting events happening all throughout the day and night. You won't be disappointed - there's something for everyone to enjoy. So get your red, white, and blue ready and head to the beach – it's time to celebrate Independence Day in style!