JULY: Independence Day

Fourth of July Parade
Fourth of July in South Walton

Independence Day and the beach go together like mom and apple pie (or some other appropriately patriotic metaphor).

In addition to truly spectacular fireworks displays in virtually every beach community along Scenic Highway 30A, there’s also an annual Fourth of July Parade. It’s a decidedly small town affair with decorated bicycles, golf carts, cars, and even dogs.

Every year’s parade begins at 8:00 am in front of Seagrove Plaza. Residents and visitors share in the glory as participants march 1.5 miles down 30A from Seagrove, decked out in patriotic costumes and on festive holiday floats, all vying for the crowd’s favor. Upon arrival in Seaside, a panel of (quite bribe-able) judges select the winning parade entries.

TIP: Don’t forget your beloved furry friends. The crowd always loves patriotic pooches dressed in their finest holiday costumes!

Fourth of July in Rosemary Beach
Fourth of July in Rosemary Beach

Guests on bikes, scooters, golf carts and floats are invited to participate, and prizes are awarded to the best parade entries in a variety of categories. After the parade has ended and winners have been announced, attendees enjoy music in the Seaside amphitheater from 30A Radio, along with face painting and other family fun.

Free concerts, food, fun and, of course, fireworks can also be found in the neighboring communities of WaterColorRosemary BeachSandestinGrayton Beach and Alys Beach.

For a complete schedule of all daily 30A activities, be sure to watch 30A.com’s daily events calendar.

 

 

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