There is simply nothing better than a warm mid-summer holiday at the beach with family and friends. From enjoying laidback barbecues and community to picnics to taking in rousing outdoor concerts, there is no shortage of festivities on the Emerald Coast this Independence Day. So plan out a day-trip to the sun-soaked sands of Okaloosa Island or explore the charming shops and restaurants on the boardwalks of Fort Walton Beach, but be sure to catch one of the many scintillating firework displays celebrating our nation’s independence throughout this fun-filled holiday week. Here’s a few ideas on how to celebrate Fort Walton Beach 4th of July.

Fort Walton Beach 4th of July Events: Smoke on the Coast

The festivities on the Emerald Coast begin on July 3 in Destin with a delicious barbecue that features live music, street performers, and activities for the entire family. Local restaurants and culinary artists will compete for the 8th annual People’s Choice Best BBQ Award, with tastings available for just $1 each (proceeds go to local charity). The night kicks off with live music on Destin Commons at 5pm, with a fireworks show at 9pm.

Red, White, and Baytowne

Independence Day is celebrated up and down the Emerald Coast, but you won’t want to miss the festivities at Baytowne’s Wharf. Beginning at 6pm there will be games, activities, and live music, with a fireworks show at 9:15pm. Alternatively, head over to Harbor Walk Village for live music at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm.

Fort Walton Beach Landing

More information is pending for these Fort Walton Beach 4th of July festivities, but you can count on another year of rousing fireworks choreographed to music. Take in the swirling aerials and majestic daisy chains as they light up the Gulf of Mexico at the landing in Fort Walton Beach.

Okaloosa Island Freedom Fireworks

This July 4th the Okaloosa Boardwalk will host a salute to military veterans in conjunction with their annual fireworks show. Grab a beach chair and enjoy this fiery tribute launched from the pier at 9pm. Less crowded than other area firework shows, there are always great viewing spots on the pier and nearby dunes. With a convenient central location, the condos at Breakers of Fort Walton Beach are the perfect home base for catching all of these Fort Walton Beach 4th of July events. Pop over to Okaloosa Island or spend your days on the beautiful waters of the Gulf, soaking up the sun and snorkeling with dolphins and friendly marine life. Then head to the lively towns up and down the Emerald Coast for delicious eats, friendly attractions, and spectacular firework shows throughout the week of Independence Day. Book online today and save!