Best July Events in Destin: Festivals, Fireworks, and More

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As summer arrives in full swing, Destin, Florida, emerges as the perfect destination to celebrate Independence Day. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant community, and festive ambiance, Destin offers an array of family-friendly activities that promise to make your 4th of July holiday one to remember.

Let’s dive in and explore the top family-friendly events and festivals taking place in Destin this July. From spectacular fireworks displays and patriotic parades to lively local festivals, we’ve curated a list that guarantees a great time for everyone in the family. Whether you're a local or visiting Destin Gulfgate, get ready to immerse yourself in the patriotic spirit and create cherished memories with loved ones.

Continue reading as we highlight essential Independence Day festivities and the best family-friendly events happening in Destin. Mark your calendars and start planning for an exceptional 4th of July experience!


A Guide to July 4th Celebrations in Destin

Patriotic Pops Concert at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation - July 3

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Experience an enchanting evening of patriotic music at the Patriotic Pops Concert hosted by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in Destin, Florida. Presented by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, this concert promises a spectacular celebration of American pride and heritage, perfect for kicking off your Independence Day festivities. Food trucks will be on-site, offering a variety of delicious options, but you are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks, making it a perfect outing for the whole family!


  • Date: Wednesday, July 3rd
  • Location: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, just a 5 minute drive from Destin Gulfgate! 
  • Concert Time: Gate opens at 6 PM, Concert begins at 7 PM
  • Best Viewing Spots: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
  • Parking Tips: Free parking on-site; arrive early to get a good spot. Guests can bring their own chairs.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening celebrating American music and culture at the heart of Destin. 


4th of July Destin Dinner Cruise

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Hop aboard the stunning 125’ SOLARIS yacht this 4th of July for an unforgettable celebration! Cruise along Destin’s picturesque coastline, treat yourself to mouthwatering coastal dishes, and groove to live music under the stars. Raise a glass of champagne on the open-air Sky Deck as you watch fireworks light up the night sky—an experience you won’t soon forget.

Don’t miss a local’s favorite way to celebrate Independence Day in Destin. Secure your spot now for an evening of luxury and fireworks!

  • Dates: July 4th
  • Check in time: 5:15PM
  • Cruise: 6 PM TO 9:30 PM
  • Location: Solaris Yacht Baytowne Marina, 20 minute ride from Destin Gulfgate! 


Ticket Information: Adults (11 years and older) $140, Children (Ages 3-10) $65, Infants (Ages 0-2, no meal served) $35. Upgrade to window seating for an extra $75. 

Your ticket gets you access to a 3.5-hour cruise along our stunning coastline, complete with a gourmet three-course dinner, live entertainment, and a glass of wine or cider. Plus, you'll have front-row seats to a breathtaking fireworks display—it’s all included!

 Don’t miss out on this incredible experience! Head over to their website for more details and book your spot now. Get ready for a night of great food, live music, and spectacular fireworks that you’ll remember for years to come.

HarborWalk Village Independence Day Celebration - July 4

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Experience a vibrant Independence Day celebration at HarborWalk Village, Destin’s historic waterfront venue with shops, dining, kids activities and much more. Join us for live music, entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show that promises an evening full of excitement and patriotic spirit. 


  • Date: July 4th
  • Location: HarborWalk Village, just a 9 minute ride from Destin Gulfgate!
  • Event Time: Fat Tuesday parade at 6:30 PM- Live Music starts at 7 PM- Fireworks at 9 PM
  • Best Viewing Spots: HarborWalk Village, Norriego Point, Destin Harbor
  • Parking Tips: Arrive early to secure parking in nearby lots; paid parking is available in multiple locations or consider using shuttle services or ride-sharing apps.


HarborWalk Village is renowned for its picturesque setting, nestled amidst restaurants, shops, and bars, offering a perfect location to enjoy the entire evening’s festivities. Don’t miss the magical experience of fireworks reflecting off the water—a spectacle sure to delight the whole family.

Join us at HarborWalk Village for a 4th of July celebration to remember!


Fourth of July at Crab Island- Celebrate Independence Day in Destin

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If you really want to celebrate the 4th of July like a true Destin local, head over to Crab Island. Picture this: wading in the waist-deep, emerald green waters, surrounded by boats decked out in Independence Day decorations. It’s the perfect spot to throw the anchor down, bring out some snacks, and enjoy the day.

  • Date: July 4th
  • Location: Crab Island
  • Fireworks Time: 8:30 PM
  • Best Viewing Spots: On a rented boat! Or take in the view of the boats as you drive over the Destin Bridge
  • Parking Tips: Use public parking lots and shuttle services to the marina. 

Don’t forget your snorkel gear! The crystal-clear waters are perfect for exploring. And when the sun sets, get ready for a spectacular fireworks display over the water at 8:30 PM. Make sure to book your boat rental in advance from local favorites like Destin Boat Rentals or Luther’s Pontoon, Waverunner, & Kayak Rentals to ensure you have the best spot on the water.

Celebrate 4th of July at Crab Island and enjoy the patriotic festivities!


Beach Bonfires at Royal Palm Grille - Sunset

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Experience a magical evening by the mesmerizing white sands and emerald waters of the Gulf coast at Royal Palm Grille's Beach Bonfires every Friday and Monday at sunset for an enchanting bonfire experience that promises to create unforgettable memories. 

  • Date: Fridays & Mondays in July at Sunset
  • Location: Royal Palm Grille, a short 15-minute drive from Destin Gulfgate!
  • Event information: Chairs are provided on site. Enjoy a full menu available for purchase. Please note, no outside food or beverage is allowed. 

 Imagine sinking into a cozy chair, feeling the warmth of the fire dancing on your skin, as you soak in the breathtaking view of the Emerald Coast. Roast marshmallows, share stories, and celebrate the beauty of nature and simple pleasures under the stars.

Plan your visit and create magical moments with us!Join Royal Palm Grille as they celebrate the beauty of nature and the joy of simple pleasures under the stars.


Harbor Street Parade Summer 2024 - Celebrate with Floats and Festivities

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Join us at HarborWalk Village for the Harbor Street Parade Summer 2024, a vibrant showcase of color, creativity, and community spirit. Catch beads as the floats parade through the Village, adding a festive flair to your evening and creating lasting memories. 

  • Dates: July 30th 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Location: Harborwalk Village, Destin
  • Ticket Information: Free entry
  • On-site parking: $20 for all-day parking, including same-day return. 
  • Float Packages: BOOK YOUR GROUP on one of HarborWalk Village’s authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras Floats! $125.00 per Group (8 people max. per float)


Enjoy live music on the main stage by Fais Do Do, setting the perfect soundtrack for your parade adventure, and experience a mesmerizing Fire Spinning Show by Autumn Lyfe to cap off the night. Enhance your experience with float packages including a drink package, free face painting, and plenty of beads to share with fellow parade-goers.


Don’t miss out on this unique parade experience at HarborWalk Village. Mark your calendar and celebrate with us this summer!


Silent Disco Party at Harborwalk Village - Dance Under the Stars

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Kick off your week with an unforgettable Silent Disco party at HarborWalk Village, happening every Monday from June to August! Dance the night away from 7 PM to 10 PM to your favorite tunes with wireless headphones, creating your own personal dance floor experience. 

  • Date: Mondays from June to August
  • Location: HarborWalk Village, Destin
  • Event Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
  • Fireworks: 9pm
  • On-site parking: available for $20,  ensuring hassle-free access to this event.

Groove to your own beat with wireless headphones, immersing yourself in music and dance, and enjoy an exhilarating fireworks display at 9 PM, lighting up the night sky.


Join us for an electrifying fusion of music, dancing, and fireworks against the stunning backdrop of HarborWalk Village. Don’t miss out on this vibrant summer experience!

Discover the Excitement of July in Destin


July is an exhilarating time in Destin, known for its bustling atmosphere and a wealth of activities to enjoy throughout the month. From thrilling July 4th celebrations to a myriad of other events, there’s no shortage of reasons why this month is so eagerly anticipated.Whether you prefer live music, picnics, boating, art, or bonfires, Destin offers something for everyone to enjoy. Fireworks will illuminate the sky, adding to the festive atmosphere! Don't miss out on the excitement—plan your trip to Destin this July and experience the best of summer celebrations! Book your stay now and get ready for a holiday filled with fun, sun, and unforgettable memories.

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Join us in July for a memorable experience at Destin Gulfgate!