Beach barbecues are thankful the founding fathers didn’t declare independence in the winter.
Grayton Beach Independence Day Parade
Vehicle and people decorating! Scooters, skateboards, Jeeps, bikes, wagons, golf carts,
and even kids, make up this one-of-a-kind kick-off to Independence Day. Join us!
Parade line-up at Red Bar 8am The parade starts at 8:30am
Clothes, hair, and even my face? Especially your face.
Don’t just watch the parade. Be the parade! This Fourth of July, everything (cars, bikes, skateboards) and everybody (aunts, uncles, pets) will be completely decked out in
red, white, and blue. Why?
The biggest day of summer and the coolest 30A parades this side of the Atlantic
needs your good vibes and patriotic spirit. Join the fun!
Rosemary Beach Star Spangled Spectacular
Plan and decorate your bike days before the competition. Because you will be judged! After the contest & breakfast, parade your skills through the Town Center. After sunset, enjoy a fireworks display from the beach.
Bike Decoration Contest & Breakfast at North Barrett Square. 7:30am
Bike Parade through Town Center, treat from Kona Shaved Ice. 8:45am
Family Field Day on Western Green. Sack races, games, prizes, etc. 9am
Musical concert under the stars. 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Star-spangled fireworks display on the beach! 8:45pm
Grayton Beach Rags to Riches Regatta
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).
Race starts in Grayton Beach and ends in Seagrove. July 1, 7am
The race will benefit South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and their mission to protect and preserve our local marine resources.
A glowstick necklace for the kids? Again?
INSTEAD: A SAFER WAY TO HAVE FUN WITH SPARKLERS
- Using a plastic cup as a sparkler shield is a good idea. Don’t let the spark get too close to the cup. Or use a round piece of pre-decorated cardboard. Or wear a glove.
- Stick the handle end of a sparkler in a carrot. The bigger handle is now easy to hold and it stays cool.
- Sparklers stay hot for a long time after they burn out. Keep a bucket of (white) sand or water nearby to dump each used sparkler.
Sparkler contests! Recite as many state names and/or capitals as you can, or see who
can count the highest before the sparkler burns out. Give out festively
decorated cupcakes as prizes (stick a sparkler in a cupcake).
Seaside Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Spectacular
A parade, all-day block party, concerts, and the largest fireworks show on the Gulf!
Central Square Block Party 9am-12pm Enjoy the face painters, Uncle Sam Stilt Walker, Caricaturists, Juggler, Balloon Twisters, and Ventriloquist.
Performance by REP (In front of Sundog Books) 9am
Star-Spangled Storytime: Cupcakes & Tales at Sundog Books 10am + 11am
Huck & Lilly Kids Music Concert (Amphitheater Stage) 10am
Roaming Brass Band 11am-1pm
Wild Bill’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Amphitheater Stage) 11:30am
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Pops Concert in the Seaside Amphitheater 6:30pm
Fireworks Spectacular, the largest on the Gulf Coast 8:30pm
Alys Beach Concert & Fireworks.
The amphitheater will be filled with concertgoers and July 4th merrymakers at 6, followed by fireworks. Put your blanket or low-back chairs down on the green. Food and beverages can be purchased.
Performance by REP/The Legend of Robin Hood 6:30pm
Actual July 4th tweets
Don’t eat burnt hot dogs from the grill. Smile at Independence Day twitter-ness instead.
Sandestin 4th of July BBQ
Celebrate the founding of the country at the Baytowne Marina, with live entertainment and all your BBQ favorites.
Festivities, live music. 6pm Fireworks over Choctawhatchee Bay. 9pm
Village of Baytowne Wharf Red, White, and Baytowne
Within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. And always open to the public.
Celebrate the 4th with 30A’s most kid-friendly events! Enjoy lawn games, crafts, face painting, and inflatables, with live music and fireworks later on.
The fireworks are set off between the Village and Baytowne Marina, and are synched to a music soundtrack, which is played throughout the Village.
Children’s activities on the lawn. 6pm
Live music on the Events Stage. 7pm
Fireworks over the lagoon! 9:15pm
A FIREWORKS CRUISE? BOOM.
Don’t miss the boat.
Join the Solaris yacht from 6:00-9:30pm for a
front-row seat to the Baytowne Wharf fireworks.
Cruise into the sunset.
Enjoy a 3-course meal.
Dance to live music.
End the night with a spectacular fireworks show.
Oh My Country! The Fourth will be clobbering us with its awesomeness in no time.
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