Plan ahead with these 10 ways to celebrate Independence Day on the Emerald Coast

Are you stumped on how to celebrate Independence Day this year? If you’re looking to avoid kitchen cleanup (or firework cleanup!), we’ve got you covered! Here are 10 ways to celebrate Independence day on the Emerald Coast.

4th of July Sunset, Fireworks, and Celebration Dinner Cruise

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 6 PM – 9:30 PM

🗺 Where: Sunset Cruises – Solaris Yacht in Miramar Beach

😎 What: 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, dance to live music and end the night with a spectacular fireworks show. The 125’ SOLARIS yacht features three decks of fun including the open air sky deck.

There will be a three course, chef-prepared meal that includes fresh garden salad and choice of entrée (from Beef Filet Mignon, Caribbean Glazed Chicken, Bronzed Gulf Fish, Southern Crab Cakes and Gulf Shrimp and Grits), followed by an amazing dessert.

Book your spot here!

Red, White, and Baytowne

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

🗺 Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

😎 What: Join the Village of Baytowne Wharf this 4th of July for their Red, White, and Baytowne celebration! Beginning at 6 PM, enjoy lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy live music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7 PM, followed by a fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9:15 PM.

4th of July Celebration at Harborwalk Village

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

🗺 Where: Harborwalk Village

😎 What: Celebrate Independence Day on the Destin Harbor with Live Music and Fireworks! There will be live music from 7-9 PM, then fireworks at 9PM and Firespinning at 9:30 PM.

Sandestin 4th of July BBQ

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

🗺 Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

😎 What Enjoy a 4th of July BBQ perfect for the whole family! Enjoy delicious barbeque favorites, live entertainment, face painting, bounce house and much more! After enjoying the music, food and fun, cap off the evening with an amazing fireworks display over the Choctawhatchee Bay. For tickets and reservations, visit Sandestin.com/bbq. *Must purchase tickets ahead of time.

Navarre Beach 4th of July Fireworks

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 9 PM – 10 PM

🗺 Where: Navarre Beach

😎 What: Join Navarre Beach for their 4th of July Celebration. Firework show starts at 9 p.m.

Harbor Docks 40th Birthday Party

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 4 PM – 11 PM

🗺 Where: Harbor Docks in Destin

😎 What: Did you know Harbor Docks 40th anniversary will take place on July 4th? They originally opened in 1979 and will be celebrating by bringing back several original menu items and selling Budweisers at the same price as when they opened… $1 each! Live music kicks off on the deck bar at 4 PM. You’ll also be able to get a great view of the fireworks display at 9 PM.

City of Fort Walton Beach 4th of July Celebration

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 4 PM – 10 PM

🗺 Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing

😎 What: The City of Fort Walton Beach will celebrate Independence Day at the Landing. The event is free to the public and includes kid activities, live music and a firework show. Festivities kick off at 4 PM with an opening ceremony and the National Anthem will take place at 5 PM. The live music will also begin at 4 PM. A Kid Zone area featuring bounce houses, inflatable slides and games will be available for free! A firework display with a musical background will take place over Santa Rosa Sound at 8:45 PM! Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Declaration Celebration at Big Kahunas

When: July 4 at 10 AM – July 7 at 6 PM

🗺 Where: Big Kahunas

😎 What: Big Kahunas will be hosting their Annual Declaration Celebration from July 4th -7th! Enjoy an All American Buffet, Hot Dog and Pie Eating Contest, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Music, Flag Raising Ceremonies and more!

Pensacola Beach 4th of July 5k Run

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 7 AM – 11 AM

🗺 Where: Pensacola Beach

😎 What: Celebrate Independence Day with a 5k! This family friendly race will take place on Pensacola beach at 7 AM on July 4. You can register here!

Pensacola Bay Fireworks Celebrations at Saltgrass

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 4 PM – 11 PM

🗺 Where: Saltgrass Steakhouse in Pensacola

😎 What: Join Saltgrass Steak House in Pensacola for a VIP Fireworks viewing experience with some of the best views in the city! You can buy tickets for the three course meal here and the fireworks will begin around 9 PM.


We hope these suggestions will help you plan ahead for a fun and eventful Independence Day!

How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July?