Fireworks Finder: Have a blast this Independence Day

Dom foley

Pete Foley of Santa Rosa Beach and Marietta Ga. shared this photo of Seaside decorated from above in streaks of red, white and blue.

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 09:00 AM.

Red, white and blue — all that’s missing is you! There are plenty of patriotic parties happening in the Walton County/Destin area. Here’s your guide to the fun.

Smoke on the Coast

The third annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival BBQ cook-off and fireworks extravaganza, will take place from 7-9 p.m. July 2 at Destin Commons. Sample and vote for the People's Choice Award to be announced at 8:30 p.m. Captain Davy will entertain with balloon sculpting and a magic show. Abrakadoodle will have arts and crafts tables, as well as face painting, and Encore Productions will host street dancing. Fireworks finale begins at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Children in Crisis and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.

Celebration in the Park

Children ages 14 and under, decorate your bike, wagon, stroller, etc., and show your patriotic spirit as Celebration in the Park kicks off with Destin's fifth annual Independence Day Celebration and Bike Parade from 6:30-9 p.m. July 3 at Morgan Sports Center. Check in for the Parade at 5:45 p.m. at the concession stands in the middle of the complex. After the parade, there will be volleyball, kickball, moonwalks, ultimate Frisbee and more. A concert on the lawn (bring blankets and/or lawn chairs) by local Chuck Lawson and the night will end with a fireworks show. Admission is free. No pets allowed.

Bike Parade and Carnival

Fourth of July is family friendly at WaterColor’s Marina Park July 3 with movies, concerts, bike parades, fireworks and even a kid’s carnival. Kick off the holiday with a bike decorating contest from 10-10:30 a.m. and parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Cerulean Park. Carnival is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Marina Park. Abrakadoodle Summer Art Classes will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Little Red.

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