Walton County celebrates Independence Day July 3 and 4

June 30, 2010

Tons of fun this Independence Day weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday all over Walton County!

Freeport fun day and parade July 3

The Freeport Planters Association is hosting an Independence Day fun day and parade. Starting at 3 p.m., the fun will begin at the Freeport City pool with swimming, inflatables, rock wall along with hot dogs, chips and drinks for the entire family. The cost for lunch is $3.00 with proceeds going to the veteran’s memorial fund.  Then, at 5 p.m. enjoy the parade that starts at the corner of U.S. Hwy 331  and Hwy. 20 then marches to Freeport City Hall.  For more information, or to sign up for the parade call Eleanor at 850-835-5611

Fireworks at Seaside July 3

The spectacular Seaside Fireworks will be held on both July 3 and 4. July 3 show starts at 9 p.m.

Red, White and Baytowne July 3 – 4

Location: Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin
July 3 – 4:  The Village will have kids activities from 6 – 10 p.m., including kids’ crafts, facepainting, and balloon sculpting. House Band Coconut Radio will take the stage from 6-9 p.m.

July 4: Baytowne will have fireworks over the lagoon at 9:15 p.m.

Fun events in store at Seaside celebration July 4th

Kids enjoy the watermelon eating contest at Seaside July 4th celebration. Photo courtesy 30Aradio.org

Parade, watermelon eating contest, live music with Dread Clampitt and fireworks!

The Merchants of Seaside host a fun-filled Fourth for families of all ages! Kick off the Independence Day at the annual South Walton 4th of July Parade at 8 a.m., enjoy a variety of events during the day including a watermelon eating contest and music from 30A Radio. Then dance the night away with Stars & Stripes at Seaside; and salute the night sky with music from Dread Clampitt with special guest Sam Bush, then a spectacular fireworks display over the gulf.

8 a.m. – The parade begins in front of Seagrove Plaza. Everyone shares in the glory as participants march down Scenic Highway 30A from Seagrove dressed in patriotic costumes and on festive holiday floats, all vying your applause. Upon arrival in Seaside, a panel of judges will select winning parade entries and awards will be handed out. And, don’t forget your beloved furry friends; the crowd always loves patriotic pooches dressed in their finest holiday costumes. Interested in being in the parade? Click here for registration form

After the parade has ended and winners have been announced, enjoy music in the Amphitheater from 30A Radio until 11:00 a.m., along with face painting and a watermelon eating contest.

dreadclampitt Fun events in store at Seaside July 4th celebration7 p.m. – Stars and Stripes celebration begins featuring Dread Clampitt with special guest, Grammy Award winner Sam Bush. With clever and heartfelt lyrics, Walton County’s own Dread Clampitt combines the sounds of bluegrass, rock & roll, blues, jazz and some Louisiana Bayou funk to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Guest artist Sam Bush, a world-renowned mandolin player, has performed live with Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris.  Dread Clampitt will showcase many of the songs off of their new album, featuring Bush, entitled “Learnin’ to Live.” Concertgoers will be able to purchase this new album, and have it signed by the entire band, following the performance.

9 p.m. – The Seaside Fireworks Spectacular. This fireworks extravaganza will illuminate the skies in celebration of our country’s birthday. The fireworks will be choreographed to a soundtrack and can be heard while viewing the show from the Seaside Amphitheater. Guests can also listen to the soundtrack via simulcast from 30A Radio. To hear the soundtrack, tune your radio into 107.1FM or online at: 30ARadio.org.

Independence Day fun in DeFuniak Springs on July 4

Sheriff Mike Atkinson, right, will be one of the barbecue judges at the Lakeyard July 4.

Bar-B-Que Contest, parade, live music, fireworks and more

The DeFuniak Springs Business Professionals Association and The Smokey J Café are hosting an afternoon and evening of fun along chicken and rib barbecue competition on July 4. Live music, children’s activities, flyover, live music and fireworks are in store.

The celebrations and competition will be at the Lakeyard on Circle Drive.
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 and flyover
6:30 p.m. – Entertainment by Crossroads and fireworks after dark
For more information call 850-830-1661. 
To sign up for the parade call 850-892-3950

Interested in competing in the barbeque competition?
The cook-off set up is 7 a.m., with turn in for chicken at 1 p.m. and ribs turn in at 2 p.m. Awards will be held at 3 p.m.  Entry fee is $25 per team with $500 in trophies and prizes. Deadline is 7 p.m. on July 3rd. Celebrity judges this year include Russell Hughes Principal at Walton High, Captain Gregory K. Gandy, Deputy Chief, DeFuniak Springs Police and Mike Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff.
For more information and entry form, contact the Smokey J Café at 850-892-0879, 328 Hwy. 90 E, DeFuniak Springs.