Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4th ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

When we think about the 4th of July, naturally we think red, white, and blue, barbecue, and fireworks. Fireworks are a key component in this patriotic celebration, dating all the way back before the first Independence Day fireworks display in Philadelphia in 1777. That’s right – fireworks can be traced all the way back to 200 B. C. in China’s Han Dynasty, where bamboo stalks were roasted until the air inside exploded. They have since progressed to magnificent displays of light and color and typically draw large crowds. This year’s 4th of July celebration is sure to be spectacular, with fireworks displays all across the Gulf Coast. Whether you are celebrating in one of 30A’s beach communities or over in Gulf Shores, there is no shortage of places to watch fireworks! We rounded up some of the best places to watch fireworks on July 4th. Let us know if you’ll be celebrating with us on our Facebook page!


This year, 30A is host to fireworks galore – you’ll be able to find them in just about each area, from Blue Mountain Beach to Seaside. Over in Seaside, the South Walton 4th of July Parade takes place at Seagrove Plaza at 8 AM. The parade carries festive floats, music, and more all the way through Seaside. There is also a 4th of July Concert and Fireworks event in Alys Beach, with live music by Rhythm Nation and a fireworks display! Just bring a lawn chair and get ready to sit back and relax.


Two of Destin’s most popular 4th of July celebrations are back for another year! Red, White, and Baytowne takes place at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on July 4th from 6-10 PM. This event is complete with games on the Baytowne Lawn, kids’ activities, and live music. Fireworks commence at 9:15! Meanwhile, you’ll be able to catch a magnificent fireworks show at HarborWalk Village on July 4th as well, this one from 7-9:30 PM. Live music and entertainment kick off at 7, with the fireworks from 9-9:30. For the best view of the fireworks over the Destin Harbor, stay at Breakers East 1201! Our Destin, Florida vacation condo sits 12 floors up at Breakers East and features a wide balcony to lounge on. It’s the perfect size for six guests, so bring everyone down to Destin to celebrate the 4th of July!

Pensacola Beach

Meanwhile, over in Pensacola Beach, you’ll be able to catch a magnificent fireworks display over the Santa Rosa Sound from 8:30-9:30 PM. Spread out your beach blanket on Quietwater Beach and relax while you’re enjoying the show! Our Portofino vacation condos on Pensacola Beach offer a great vantage point, as Portofino’s private boardwalk extends out onto the Santa Rosa Sound. If you want to watch the fireworks up close, this is your chance!

Gulf Shores

The City of Gulf Shores is hosting its 4th of July Fireworks Celebration from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier on that Wednesday from 9-10 PM. In addition to the fireworks, you’ll get a chance to sample delicious food from local food trucks, enjoy great music, and have an overall relaxing evening by the lake. Set up your lawn chair or blanket and get ready to watch the fireworks go! This truly is one of the best places to watch fireworks on July 4th.