As summer draws to a close and the responsibilities of school, work, and real life begin to rear their ugly heads, there’s one last opportunity for a final fling. Labor Day weekend is the traditional American way of saying farewell summer, and the best place to do so is right here in Fort Walton Beach! And because we can’t think of a better way to honor all the hard working people in our country than with an extra day off, our coastal village offers a large variety of events and activities to fill your time during your stay. Follow this guide to Fort Walton Beach Labor Day and make this year’s celebration one you’ll never forget!
Beach Bashes for Fort Walton Beach Labor Day
There’s lots going on over Fort Walton Beach Labor Day, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest spending at least one of your days at the beach. Pull out your beach blankets, umbrellas, coolers, and chairs and pick your spot in the sun. If the party goes on into the night, bonfires are allowed on many of our beaches with the purchase of a permit. Get your permit through the South Walton Fire District, 911 County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach for $50, or spend a little more and let 30A Blaze do the legwork and the prep!
If you’re looking for a particularly scenic destination to enjoy while you’re in town over Labor Day, a trip to John Beasley Park will certainly check every box on that must-have list. Situated at 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, John Beasley Park is a one-stop shop for everything sea, sand, and sun over Labor Day. This inviting and popular park offers up amazing waterfront views to enjoy and long stretches of sugar-white sand to sink your toes into as well. The park is dotted with pristine pavilions for those who are looking forward to incorporating an on-the-sand picnic into their Labor Day adventures. There’s even an on-site snack bar to savor if you’re not up to packing your own goodies. If your plans include any type of dip in the water, whether it be snorkeling, swimming, or boogie boarding, John Beasley Park conveniently hosts a collection of changing rooms and showers to make the experience as convenient as possible. There are 208 parking spaces at John Beasley Park, so finding space to settle in shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re the type of traveler that loves to spend time admiring nature, be sure to bring your binoculars along and enjoy sights of local and migrating birds along the shoreline. The beauty of a trip to John Beasley Park over Labor Day is that travelers have every option to customize the experience from start to finish!
It’s All Greek to Us
Okaloosa Island has been the location of the Greek Festival for almost 30 years, and 2019 will be no exception. Featuring the best of Greek foods from baklava to spanakopita and offering live entertainment that celebrates the best of the Greek culture, the Emerald Coast Convention Center is where all the action will be. Mark your calendars for August 30 through September 1; this is one event you won’t want to miss! This is one of the most fun Fort Walton Beach Labor Day activities.
While you’re in the Okaloosa Island area over Labor Day, you might as well take advantage of a stroll along the Okaloosa Island Pier. Located at 1030 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, the Okaloosa Island Pier is a picturesque and iconic landmark the area hosts that opens to the public daily between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm. Stretching out over sugar-white shorelines and bright blue waves, the Okaloosa Island Pier makes its way out over the Gulf of Mexico an impressive 1,262 feet. While it’s an exciting place to spend an afternoon people watching or enjoying time on the water, it’s also an early-morning hangout that’s one of a kind. Head this way before the sun comes up to make the most of holiday weekend sunrise that promises to thrill. If you’re an angler, this is a prime spot to cast a line and see what bites without having to contend with the crowds. Many watersport enthusiasts use the waters around the pier to put their skills to the test as the day wears on and the spectacle can be fun to witness. Just as exciting might be spending time exploring the many nearby souvenir shops and restaurants, pairing exceptional retail therapy with some sensational flavors too.
It’s Not a Party Without Fireworks
Fireworks are the quickest way to make a simple get together become an extravaganza you’ll never forget, and HarborWalk Village in Destin will be showcasing a firework display on Sunday to accompany the free music that will be playing all weekend! Grab a chair and a blanket, perhaps some ice cream from Sugarland Ice Cream & Candy at 47 Harbor Boulevard, and prepare for a party you wish would never stop!
When the Bonfire’s Embers Have Long Since Died Out
When the last ember has died out, the final firework has fluttered safely to the ground, and you can’t eat another piece of baklava, there’s no need to mourn; your good times will continue when you stay in one of the chic and cozy condos from The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach! Reserve your stay with us today.