Celebrate the Fourth of July in Walton County

June 23, 2009

4july2Lots of fun everywhere on the 4th of July

It doesn’t matter where you are, the Fourth of July will be celebrated near you in Walton County. The fun kicks off early with parades, then continues with barbecue cook-offs, music, water slides, pony rides, mullet toss competition, Air Force fly-overs and fireworks. Check out some of the places with water fun, it’s gonna be a firecracker out there!

Independence Day celebrations


Freeport 4th of July Festival – Freeport Regional Sports Complex

10:00 a.m. – Parade begins at the Freeport Middle School, winds it’s way through town down East Bay Loop and on to the Sports Complex
12 noon – 7:00 p.m. Festivities at Sports Complex include a flying mullet toss competition sponsored by Nick’s Restaurant, a miniature trolley, 100 ft. slip-n-slide and sprinklers, a city wide scavenger hunt, skateboard demonstration and competition by Splinter Youth, remote controlled model aircraft demonstration, 3 on 3 basketball and volleyball tournaments, horse shoes, shuffle board, relay races, a watermelon eating contest, sidewalk chalk art, and games. There will be food vendors at the Complex. Highlight of the afternoon will be a tree top trimming fly over of F-15’s at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone desiring to have a booth or participate need contact Shane Supple, Freeport Parks Director at 835-2822. Parade entry is free, but you must fill out and turn in the parade application. Parade questions should be directed to Fire Chief Ben Greenslait or Fireman Tom Palmer at 835-2192. Cost to have a booth at the event is free if you assist or sponsor an activity, otherwise cost is $100.

DeFuniak Springs

The DBPA presents the 18th Annual Fourth of July Celebration – Lakeyard
Saturday, July 4, 2009
8:00 a.m. – Smoky J’s Bar-B-Que contest starts
3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony for Bar-B-Que Contest
3:00 p.m. – Children’s Activities
4:30 p.m. – Parade
6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
6:15 p.m. Fly-over – Entertainment by Jones and Company
Fireworks after dark
For more information call 850-830-1661
To sign up for the parade call 850-892-3950

South Walton

Baytowne Wharf
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Conquer the Roaring River Slide
6:00 -10:00 p.m. – Kids activities including crafts, face-painting, a visit from Betsy Ross and writing letters to soldiers. Saturday at 9:15pm, the Village of Baytowne Wharf will present a magical fireworks extravaganza, illuminating the skies to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.

Gulf Place
Corner of Scenic 30A and CR 393
4:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Water slide
4:00 p.m. – Pony Rides available for a small fee
7:00 -9:00 p.m. – Even Money plays on the green

Grayton Beach
8:30 a.m. – Grayton Beach neighborhood parade. Decorate you car, bike, golf cart and yourself and line up at The Red Bar.

8:00 a.m. – South Walton 4th of July Parade
30A & Seaside Amphitheater
Join us as we kick off our Independence Day festivities with the annual “South Walton 4th of July Parade!” The parade begins in front of Seagrove Plaza and continues west along Scenic Highway 30-A to the Seaside Amphitheater. Afterwards, join us for the awards presentation, face painting, music by 30A Radio and other goodies.

7:00 p.m. – Stars and Stripes –  Seaside Amphitheater
Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a performance by “Rollin’ in the Hay.” This Birmingham, Alabama band offers high-octane groove grass with a touch of down home foot stompin’ Renegade Bluegrass. Long considered to be one of the forerunners of the “Newgrass” revolution in America, these savvy veterans have been thrilling fans coast to coast for years!

9:00 p.m. – Fireworks Spectacular -Seaside Amphitheater & Beach
End the holiday with one of the largest fireworks displays along the Emerald Coast. Make sure to tune your radios to 30A Radio (107.1FM) to hear the simulcast soundtrack as you watch the magnificent show from Seaside or anywhere along the beach!

Rosemary Beach
7:30 am, – Bike Decorating Breakfast & Bike Parade – North Barrett Square
Bring your bike, or rent one from Bamboo Bicycle, and join us for a FREE bike decorating breakfast party! Create a star-spangled masterpiece with red, white and blue decorations, enjoy doughnuts & juice and get ready to ride along at 8:45 am in the annual bike parade through town! Prizes awarded for Most Original Use of Decorations, Most Patriotic Theme, Best 6 and Under Decorated Bike, Best Family Entry and Best Overall Decorated Bike!

8:00 am – 12:00 p.m.  – Sand Sculpture Demonstrations
Professional sand sculpture demonstrations by Sand Odyssey

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Family Field Day – Western Green
Bring the kids and enjoy a morning of fun! We’ll have sack races, three-legged races, hula-hoop contests and a water balloon toss….plus music, face painting, “go fish”, balloons and moonwalks!

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Barbecue – Eastern Green
Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashiioned barbecue! Enjoy pork, chicken and brisket plus potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, cobbler and iced tea. Tickets available for purchase at event.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Concert On The Green – Western Green
Bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of music under the stars!

8:45 p.m. – Fireworks
Watch the exciting display light up the night! Viewing from Western Green, Eastern Green or get a front-row seat on the beach.