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Fort Walton Beach 4th of July

Independence Day in the Fort Walton Beach Area

When you think back to your last 4th of July celebration, what memory instantly jumps to the forefront of your mind? Was it the taste of hotdogs enjoyed as you sit on a towel on the beach, watching the sky light up with the colorful explosions of the fireworks that signify the end of another successful Independence Day? Was it the feel of salt water on slightly sunburned skin, the sounds of the waves crashing against sugar white sand beaches, and the sights of palm trees swaying in the ocean breezes? If you answered no to either of these questions, it’s not too late to make sure this Independence Day is all of the above and more! This guide to the Fort Walton Beach 4th of July ensures an absolutely fabulous day to remember! 

Most Important Meal of the Day for Fort Walton Beach 4th of July 

The best way to start out this All-American holiday is with an All-American Breakfast of pancakes or waffles at Crackings, located at 979 US-98 E in Destin. Don your best patriotic apparel and parade on over for the best breakfast in town; the pancakes are fluffy and light, the lobster gouda grits are creamy and rich, and the waffles will make even the crabbiest of celebrants smile with every bite! 

Fort Walton Beach Festivities 

The Fort Walton Beach 4th of July is always a fun time, and one of our favorite way to celebrate is by taking part in the 4th of July at the Fort Walton Landing. It starts at 4 PM and offers live entertainment, hot music, food vendors, fun activities for the kids, and of course, an explosive fireworks finale starting at 8:45 PM. The streets of our hometown will be rocking with the music of some of the most talented bands in the region and you will be there to witness it all! 

Fort Walton Beach 4th of July Fun and Exploration

While the Fort Walton Beach area is an oasis of potential when it comes to the 4th of July fun, half of the adventure lies in opportunities to simply get out and enjoy the area this time of year. There‘s no shortage of places to explore in Fort Walton Beach that promise to be as scenic and thrilling as they are unforgettable. If you’re the type of traveler that’s up for casting a line or two during a stay, make your way over to the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier at least once while you’re here. An early morning trip in this direction will allow you to make the most of a calm and tranquil scene while seeing what’s up for a bite. Watching the waves slowly roll in as the sun rises is a great opportunity to balance out all of that high-energy Independence Day fun. 

If you’re traveling this way with little ones over the holiday, don’t miss a chance to visit The Emerald Coast Science Center too. This engaging and educational stop is packed with exhibits and displays that highlight an everrotating lineup of topics ranging from color and electricity to animals and the human body! Time at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone is a good followup if your family is one that values some good old-fashioned arcade and outdoor fun! This amusement-style stop features everything from mini-golf and an indoor arcade to rides, attractions, and of course, plenty of ice cream selections to go around as well.  

If you find yourself here over the 4th of July with a longing to indulge your love of history, make sure to visit the Airforce Armament Museum during your getaway. This fascinating stop is a chance to get up close with wartime planes of all types and learn a little more about the history of warplanes and weaponry too. If your holiday plans have you heading out onto the water, make the launch just as exciting as the journey by planning to push off at Liza Jackson Park. This stop enjoys a great boat ramp as well as plenty of green space, playgrounds, and sand to enjoy either before or after your on-the-water fun. 

Decadent Destin Doings 

And because choices are important, it’s just a short ride share ride to our sister town of Destin and more fabulous fun to be had! If you want to start the party early, dance on down to the Destin Commons for a night of barbecue and fireworks with the Smoke on the Coast Festival at 5 PM on July 3rd, which offers fun, music, children activities, fireworks, and of course, all the barbecue your stomach can handle! Because more is obviously better, July 4th the fun continues with more live music, entertainment, and fireworks; there really is no better way to wish our country a happy birthday than by spending it right here in the panhandle in one of our chic condos! 

Chic, Cozy, and Comfortable 

However you choose to spend your Fort Walton Beach 4th of July, spending it with us will bring your getaway to the next level! Reserve your condo from The Breakers today! Making The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach your home away from home comes with options to enjoy an amazing stay and access to one-of-a-kind beach fun. Guests can indulge in time on the beach, in our pool, on the shuffleboard court, playing tennis, or making the most of premier access to our on-site sauna and fitness center.