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Cookouts, cold drinks, and the smell of fresh fireworks in the air, nothing says Independence Day like a 4th of July celebration on the Emerald Coast! Okaloosa Island vacationers have the luxury of participating in not one, but TWO incredible holiday spectacles. Destin celebrates its 31st Annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks over the Harbor, and 4th of July at the Landing is Downtown Fort Walton Beach’s premier patriotic party. The 4th attracts thousands of visitors by offering some of the top fireworks displays in the south. 4th of July on Okaloosa Island is just weeks away, so let’s go over the top things to do on Okaloosa Island for the 4th of July!
4th of July in Fort Walton Beach
|4th of July at the Landing|
Home to such soirees as Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Concerts at the Landing, the Landing is Downtown Fort Walton Beach’s go-to waterfront venue. America’s birthday celebration kicks off at 5pm with a star-spangled opening ceremony. This is a FREE event with food, drink, games, and live entertainment until 10pm!
Fireworks When & Where
Where: The Landing –
139 Brooks Street, SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
Additional Details: The opening ceremony begins at 5pm. Enjoy music from “Show Me Dragon” and “NAKD”, as well as FREE kids games and activities. Also available to guests is a FREE park & ride shuttle service with stops at the FWB City Hall and Uptown Station!
4th of July in Destin, FL
|4th of July in the Destin Harbor|
So what’s happening in the Destin Harbor for the 4th of July? At 6pm, the celebration begins with live entertainment, free kids crafts, face painting, and more. A vintage flyover of World War II-era planes is a true patriotic treat, and a fitting intro for the fireworks beginning at 9pm. Along with Harbor dining, games, and sights, 4th of July 2017 is gearing up to be quite an event!
Fireworks When & Where
Where: Destin Harbor – East Pass (Boats typically anchor throughout the Harbor, Pass, and across Crab Island)
Additional Details: The Destin fireworks display is large enough to be seen in the Harbor and beyond. Patriotic music is also broadcast throughout the Harbor for the full Independence Day effect.
4th of July Boat Tours
Boat tours offer an up-close view of the stunning fireworks show in the Destin Harbor. Instead of braving the boat traffic in the bay and harbor, why not reserve a spot on a Destin fireworks boat cruise for the 4th of July?
Destin Harbor Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Hannah Marie
The Hannah Marie runs daily in search of dolphins and marine life, but has crafted a special hour-long tour for Destin’s firework shows. This 4th of July, book a seat aboard the Hannah Marie for a relaxing and worry-free cruise. The Hannah Marie vessel offers multiple decks for viewing, on-board bathrooms, and an air-conditioned inside cabin. For more information on this fireworks cruise, head to Destin Harbor Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Hannah Marie.
|Hannah Marie Fireworks Cruise|
Harbor Pontoon Boat Rental
Rent a pontoon boat this 4th of July for an up-close view of the Destin fireworks on your own terms! Pontoons are easy to maneuver and typically hold up to 12 passengers. Rentals depart from the Destin Harbor, so you won’t have to travel far to find the perfect spot. Check out rentals at Destin 4th of July Pontoon Rentals online!
|Pontoon Boat Rental 4th of July|