Florida’s year-round sun and warmth makes it the ideal getaway no matter what time of year you’re looking to get away. It also means virtually pristine weather and conditions for your 4th of July escape this year. You’ll enjoy patriotic activities, as well as time on the beach, in the water, and wherever adventure takes you along 30A for the 4th of July.

Destin Harbor July 4th Fireworks

While Destin shoots off fireworks all summer long on Thursday nights from a barge between Harborwalk Village and the West Jetties Beach, the best show is sure to be on the 4th of July. Pack up your beach gear and your group and head to Destin Harbor to watch the show that is set off from West Jetties Beach. An insider tip: the 15-minute show is best viewed from Norriego Point or the boardwalk. Parking is limited, so you’re advised to arrive early to claim your spot.

Red, White, and Baytowne

Plan to spend some time at Baytowne Wharf, and make sure to schedule it on the 4th so you can take part in the ultimate 4th of July party. The Red, White, and Baytowne event includes live music, face painting, crafts, balloon sculpting, and much more. There are concerts on the main stage all day long for your enjoyment. The event is from 6 to 9:15 p.m. and is capped by a fireworks display.

Village of Baytowne Wharf 4th of July Fireworks

After you’ve spent some time at the town’s Red, White, and Baytowne celebration, turn your attention skyward. The Baytowne 4th of July Fireworks, set to a music soundtrack, ends the evening with a patriotic bang. The show is over the water between the Village and Baytowne Marina, and the soundtrack can be heard throughout the Village. The giant American Flag over the lagoon adds to the patriotic feel. Shorter shows take place on Tuesdays throughout the summer.

Sandestin Hilton July 4th Fireworks

Keep your eyes fixed on the Gulf of Mexico for this light extravaganza. The show is billed as the only one in the area to be set off directly on the Gulf of Mexico beach, making it one-of-a-kind and a don’t-miss experience. The show lasts about ten minutes and is visible from anywhere on the surrounding beaches, and you can even get near the launch spot. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Stars & Stripes Spectacular Concert July 3rd

Head to Seaside for a live concert on the Amphitheater stage. The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will be playing some favorite patriotic songs, along with familiar tunes from some of the biggest films in history. Lawn seating is limited, so you’ll want to arrive early enough to claim your spot for the 7:30 p.m. concert on July 3rd.

Seaside Stars & Stripes Spectacular Fireworks

Once the last note from the pops concert that precedes it fades away, the town of Seaside lights up the sky over the Gulf of Mexico. The show starts directly after the concert. If you attended the concert, your seats near the Seaside Amphitheater are some of the best in the house. You can also choose to relax in the sand or dip your toes in the water while you watch from virtually anywhere on the beach in Seaside.

Fort Walton Beach July 4th Fireworks

Head to Fort Walton Beach for another great fireworks show. You can view the spectacular shower of light anywhere along the water downtown in Fort Walton Beach Landing to enjoy the show that celebrates independence. Fireworks are shot off from a barge over the Santa Rosa Sound starting at 8:45 p.m. on July 4th.


Many of the towns along 30A are hosting 4th of July parades to go along with all the other Independence Day fun and frivolity.  South Walton hosts a 4th of July parade starting at 8 a.m., heads down 30A and ends in Seaside. The Grayton Beach Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade also kicks off at 8 a.m. Watch as participants parade by on foot, golf cart, jeep, boats, floats, and more. That parade kicks off at the Red Bar.

Choose 30A for the 4th of July

Begin and end every day of your 4th of July respite in a vacation rental by Dune Vacation Rentals. There is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy time together or make their own patriotic fun for a vacation that’s unique to them. Choose from homes all the way up to 10 bedrooms for a 4th of July family getaway that fits everyone for a dose of Florida-style red, white, and blue. Simplify your stay with fully equipped kitchens, beautiful and comfortable rooms, open living spaces, and more to bring the feeling of home away from home. Step outside and enjoy private patios or balconies, and other outdoor fun. Choose a premium rental for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, sprawling master suites, flat-screen TVs, private pools, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your fun-filled 4th of July trip to 30A!