Fireworks, great food, time with family and friends- all of those can only mean one thing. The 4th of July is upon us.

One of the busiest weeks here on the Emerald Coast, both visitors and locals are seeking new and fun things to do on America’s favorite holiday. Whether it’s staying at home and grilling outside, or venturing into Destin or the surrounding communities, there’s something for everyone to do this coming weekend.

Kick off your holiday on Thursday night with Smoke on the Coast at Destin Commons. Celebrate the 4th of July In Destin as we open 10 brand new stores, watch local businesses compete in a grilling cook-off, and enjoy live music. We’ll be capping off the day with an incredible fireworks display. Also, be sure to stop by the Miller’s Ale House booth and see Carter Beach Properties. We’re going to be giving away Crystal Dunes 506 for a three-night getaway.

If you’re planning on celebrating this Friday, the choice is yours. HarborWalk Village has an array of activities for the entire family (see the attached flyer), as does the Village at Baytowne Wharf. Seaside will be hosting its annual 4th of July parade, followed by a free concert, food and fireworks.

There’s also the option of hosting your own BBQ and enjoying the fireworks displays from the comfort of your home or vacation rental. For great get together tips, check out Carter Beach Properties on Pinterest.

Enjoy a celebration to remember and stay safe! Remember that fireworks are not permitted on the beaches.

Happy Independence Day!