Fourth of July family fun events in Walton County

June 18, 2013

South County:

Seaside 4th of July Parade

Seaside’s annual 4th of July Celebration brings together the best traditions along 30A and South Walton as The Merchants of Seaside host a fun-filled Fourth for all ages including two nights of fireworks, a community parade and live music for the entire family.

8 a.m. – Join Seaside on Independence Day as they continue a long-standing tradition along 30A with the Annual South Walton 4th of July Parade. Beginning at Seagrove Plaza will end at the Seaside Amphitheater. Residents and visitors share in the glory as participants march down Scenic Highway 30A dressed in patriotic costumes and on festive holiday floats. Upon arrival in Seaside, a panel of judges will select winning parade entries and awards will be handed out. ::MAP::

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

12 Noon – Join Topsail for an all day celebration of the 4th of July, There will be bands starting at Noon in the amphitheater, the line up includes, Bridget Kelly, Lucky Mud, and Pierce Pettis. Admission into the park is free and a $5 donation is suggested, proceeds go to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State park. Hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and soft drinks will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own food or beverage. Remember fireworks are not allowed in the park and flashlights should have a red filter on the lens when used on the beach to prevent disturbance to nesting sea turtles.

Entry fee waived for this event. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Alys Beach –
7  – 10 p.m.
Celebrate 4th of July with live music followed by fireworks at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.

Red, White and Baytowne Wharf

Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Join Baytowne for an evening of live music and kid’s activities in the Events Plaza! The Amazing Hat Band will perform. Experience a patriotic fireworks show over the lagoon at 9:15 p.m.

4th of July celebration at Rosemary Beach

Bike Decorating Breakfast & Bike Parade
7:30 am, 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!

Family Field Day
9 – 11 a.m., 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, airbrush tattoos, “go fish”, balloons and moonwalks! FREE

5 – 7 p.m., Eastern Green
Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned barbecue! Enjoy pork, chicken and brisket plus potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, desserts and iced tea. Tickets available for purchase at event. $20 adults / $10 kids 4 – 12 yrs / children 3 and under are free. Cash or check. For more info please call 850-231-1861.

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

8:45 p.m.
Watch the exciting display light up the night! Best viewing is on the beach.


North County: Head to DeFuniak Springs for family fun around the Lakeyard

The DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association is gearing up for fun this Fourth of July. The 22nd annual celebration includes a parade, rocking entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks and more.

Events start at 4:30 p.m. with a parade starting at Walton Middle School.
Opening ceremonies at 6 p.m.
Fireworks after dark
Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association (DBPA) and in part by the Walton County Prevention Coalition, Waste Management, C. W. Roberts Construction, Little Cat Productions, Sara Comander and Preble-Rish, Inc.

For more information call (850) 830-1661. To sign up for the parade call (850) 892-3950

No personal fireworks allowed in the lake yard. Entrance to the Lakeyard will be from Live Oak Ave. ::MAP::

The Walton County Heritage Museum will be celebrating the Fourth of July with caboose tours and old-fashioned hot dogs. The Museum will open at 11 a.m. and remain open until the conclusion of the fireworks over Lake DeFuniak. Visitors can enjoy a special exhibit, “The Flag as Art in Daily Life,” featuring the art of Bruce Young of Dune Allen and everyday items using flag graphics. The caboose will be open for tours from 2 – 4 p.m., and Full Steam Ahead Barbeque will sell hot dogs, sausage dogs, chips, and drinks in front of the Museum starting at 11 a.m. The Museum is located at 1140 Circle Drive in the Historic District of DeFuniak Springs. For more information, visit