Florida’s Emerald Coast is host to many fireworks displays and celebrations. Local and visitors alike love a great fireworks show and you have many choices throughout the year. Of course, the holidays such as New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and Independence Day are known for great fireworks, there are many more opportunities that you don’t want to miss. There are plenty of show during the Summer in the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area. Below you’ll find all of the fireworks along the Emerald Coast
The Summer Movies Express for Summer 2017 starts in June at United Artists Santa Rosa 10 in Mary Esther, FL. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rodgers Institute. Please support this program at this theater through purchases at their concession stand. All showtimes are at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Both movies play on each Tues/Wed. $1 ticket fee per person.
Whether you are an avid runner or a novice, there are many races along the Emerald Coast in which to participate. Our local areas races may be a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon for you to choose depending on your fitness level. Your goal may be to break a previous personal best time or it may be simply to finish the race. Go for the gold in some or all of these upcoming runs. Nearly all of them are for charity, so you can feel proud that you are not only improving your health but also supporting a great cause! Check out these upcoming races in Fort Walton Beach and surrounding areas, including Destin, Crestview, Valparaiso, Miramar Beach, Navarre, and Niceville.
Upcoming 2017 Races
June 3, 2017 – Billy Bowlegs 5K – Fort Walton Beach, FL
Set your goals high and choose several of these upcoming runs to help support our local charities and races! 5K and 10K runs are huge fundraisers for many local non-profit organization along the Emerald Coast. Your support by running in the race and sharing race information online is very appreciated and helpful to make these events successful. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming races!
Are we missing a race? If so, please comment below and we’ll be glad to add it to the list above and the race calendar. Or, feel free to add it yourself for FREE!
Halloween is a fun time of year on the Emerald Coast. There are many fun and exciting things to do on Halloween as well as the preceding days leading to Halloween. Not only will there be many Fall festivals (previously and still to me known as Halloween festivals at many local churches and schools, but there will be lots of trick or treating events and haunted houses in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area, as well as Haunted History Tours. Many of these haunted houses are not for the faint of heart, so you won’t need your trick or treat bags.
EmeraldCoastHUB.com will keep your informed of our local Haunted Houses for Halloween 2016. As of right now, some of the groups that host the local Halloween haunted houses and Halloween events have not finalized all of the details of locations and times, but check back to this article often and we will update as more details are released.
Some of the known haunted houses and haunted history tours to look forward to in 2016 are below:
The Dark – 6th Annual Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Haunted Houses Location – Uptown Station Cost – $8.00 per person (benefits the Wildlife Refuge) Dates & Times October 12-13 Opens at 7:00 pm October 19-20 Opens at 7:00 pm October 26-27 Opens at 7:00 pm October 27 Kids Day 1:00-4:00 pm (FREE for kids, but donations appreciated) October 31 Opens at 7:00 pm
Nightmare on 98
Location – 1221 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE (Old Sammy’s Gentlemen’s Club location on Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island) Cost – $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Kids 10 & under (benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN). Instead of the standard admission tickets, you can buy Fast Pass tickets and avoid the line – $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for Kids 10 & under. Dates & Times October 5-7 Opens at 7:00 pm October 12-14 Opens at 7:00 pm October 19-21 Opens at 7:00 pm October 26-28 Opens at 7:00 pm October 30-31 Opens at 7:00 pm
Amped Elite All Stars Haunted House Location – Behind Top This Yogurt and Game On in Niceville Cost – $5 per person (benefits the Amped Elite Competitive Cheerleading teams to cover travel expenses for competition) Dates & Times Thursday, October 25 6pm – 10pm Friday, October 26 6pm – midnight Saturday, October 27 6pm to midnight Sunday, October 28 6pm – 10pm
Jaycees Haunted House 2012
Location – Harborwalk Village Destin Cost – $8 per person (Revenues go toward charitable area causes such as Thanksgiving Day Baskets and Give-A-Kid-A Christmas) Dates & Times Friday, October 19 7pm til the last person is scared away Saturday, October 20 7pm til the last person is scared away Friday, October 26 – Wednesday October 31 – 7pm til the last person is scared away
Fort Walton Beach Haunted History Tour
Location – Indian Temple Mound Museum Cost – $10 for adults and $7 for children – It is highly encouraged to purchase your tickets ahead of time at the Indian Temple Mound Museum M-F from 12:00-4:30 and Saturdays 10:00-4:30. If space is available, you will be able to purchase tickets on tour nights with cash only. Dates & Times October 26 – Tours at 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm, and 8:45 pm October 27 – Tours at 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm, and 8:45 pm Join this spooky walking tour of 10 historic sites in the Downtown Fort Walton Beach area. This tour will feature re-enactments of history and hauntings with costumed actors.
4th Annual Fort Walton Beach Zombie Walk
Location – The Landing Cost – Bring 2 canned goods for food drive Date & Time – October 20, 2012 Start at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach and register to get your info packs and maps. Then you will walk through the Downtown area trick or treating at the Downtown merchants and play games and other zombie activities as you go. At 6:30 pm, the Parade of Zombies will be on the sidewalk off of Highway 98 while en route back to The Landing for the Thriller Dance with DJ music at 7:00 pm at the stage.
Looking for outdoor family movies? The Emerald Coast is known for outdoor living and because of that there are plenty of outdoor movies to enjoy. The warm, Florida weather is ideal for enjoying a flick and spending time with your family. Whether you have seen the movie or not, it’s all about the experience and the outdoor environment makes watching these movies much more exciting!
Below is the list of upcoming scheduled outdoor movies along the Emerald Coast.
The time of year to celebrate our Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain will soon be here. On July 4, fireworks celebrations will take place all along the Emerald Coast. Some of the celebrations takes place before the 4th of July, so you can catch multiple fireworks shows! These displays are not just beautiful; they represent our freedom. They stand for all of the opportunities that we have as Americans. Below are several fireworks displays to celebrate Independence Day 2017.
2017 fireworks celebrations will be posted as they are announced along the Emerald Coast.
July 4th Fireworks on the Emerald Coast
Smoke on the Coast – July 3, 2017 – 9:00 pm – Start your Independence Day early at Destin Commons with great BBQ, live music, street performers, and kids activities. This 6th annual event benefits local charities. There will be 16 area restaurants and BBQ teams competing in the BBQ competition fighting for the People’s choice award of best BBQ on the Emerald Coast. BBQ tastings and live music starts at 5:00 pm and samples are $1 each. Fireworks are at 9:00 pm.
4th of July Fireworks over the Harbor – July 4, 2016 – 9:00 PM – The City of Destin with additional activities from HarborWalk Village will host this Independence Day fireworks show along with fun and festivities at HarborWalk Village.(more…)
Whether you are visiting Florida’s Emerald Coast or you live in this paradise, there are plenty of ways to de-stress and relax your mind. For your health, it’s very important to take time to relax your mind and do something that you love to do that is non-stressful. Stress is a major cause of many health conditions such as insomnia, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, and much more. If stress continues to build up without a proper channel for stress relief, it causes more and more damage to your body.
Do yourself and your family a favor by relaxing Emerald Coast style! We have many ways to de-stress in the local area and below you’ll find some of the best ways!
Things to Do to De-Stress in Destin – Fort Walton Beach
Relax on the Beach – With the most beautiful beaches in Florida, the Destin and Fort Walton area beaches are a haven to relax your mind.
Read – Reading relaxes your mind because it takes your mind to new places and allows you to temporarily forget about stress. Even 10 minutes of reading helps reduce your blood pressure and eases your stress. This hiatus from stress helps your body cope with future stress. So find a local library or a book store and get a good book to read.
Pamper Yourself – We have plenty of spas to whisk away your stress. Whether you prefer massages, body wraps, pedicures, manicures, or facials, there are many options along the Emerald Coast. Find a great nail salon for a mani/pedi or a day spa to enjoy a well-deserved massage.
Listen to Music – Music has been proven to relax you and reduce stress. You can listen to your iPod while laying out at the beach or pool or you can find some live music to enjoy.
Hit the Pool – There have been findings from a Swedish study that shows that floating in water decreases pain, stress, anxiety, and depression and positive effects are maintained for up to 4 months afterward after only 12 sessions.
Yoga – This has been practiced for centuries and for good reason. Proper stretching, breathing, and relaxation techniques practiced in Yoga have been proven as a way to reduce stress. There are many Yoga studios along the Emerald Coast. Find one that fits your budget and needs to start beating stress.
Exercise – While this isn’t the answer for everyone, there are many people who love to exercise, making this a perfect outlet for stress release. You can walk, run, weight train, or find a gym as a way to exercise away stress.
Golf – The Emerald Coast is privy to many beautiful golf courses. If you are a golf lover, then this sport can help reduce your stress. However, for some, this sport can cause stress if you are overly competitive. Have fun and play a few leisurely rounds of golf at one of the Fort Walton Beach or Destin golf courses.
Get Spiritual – We have hundreds of area churches, so find one where you feel comfortable and do some worship. Not a spiritual person? Find a quiet or relaxing place and try meditation.
Eat Healthier – Eating whole foods can do wonders for health. Too much “food” in the grocery stores is processed and full of sugar, which is known to reduce your body’s ability to handle stress. This processed and high sugar food has also been proven to be bad for your health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help you better cope with the daily stressors of life. Find one of our many farmers markets and start buying locally grown, fresh produce.
Take Up Art – Studies have shown that art projects reduce stress. This accesses the creative areas of your brain that are often neglected in your day-to-day activities. You can find art-related events along the Emerald Coast. At the very least, visit a local art gallery to appreciate the many unique styles of art from our local artists. The art galleries may inspire you to create your own art!
Make Time For Your Hobby – Options for hobbies are endless around the Emerald Coast. There are many water-related hobbies such as paddle boarding, boating, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, and more. Find a craft or hobby that relaxes you. You may prefer to stay on land and frequent bowling alleys or movie theaters, or you may prefer to stay at home and do woodworking projects, sewing, or craft projects. All can be good for your health.
There are many more activities you can do while visiting the Destin or Fort Walton Beach area. Find more Destin events to find what you like.
The first Wednesday night fireworks show was on May 31, 2017, however, you can come every Wednesday after that through Labor Day to catch a show.
This is the best possible venue to watch fireworks. While waiting for the show to start, you get to relax on the beach while you hear the soothing sounds of the waves roll onto shore. The Gulf breeze keeps the temperature comfortable. There is plenty of space to spread out your beach chairs or blankets. The fresh air is exhilarating.
As the fireworks show begins, the booming of the fireworks echoes over the Gulf waters and flashes many colors of the spectrum that reflect from the waters. The scenery is absolutely amazing. Can you think of a better environment to watch fireworks?
Here are a few pictures from the show, but don’t settle for looking at the photos. Catch a show or two or three for yourself and before or after the fireworks show, be sure to support the restaurants at The Boardwalk who make this great event possible.
Okaloosa Island Pier Fireworks
Short Clip of Grand Finale
Find all of the fireworks shows along the Emerald Coast here.
The fireworks displays from Okaloosa Island Pier are back for Summer 2017!
Each Wednesday night at 9:00 pm sharp during the Summer, a beautiful fireworks show takes place on the Okaloosa Island Pier. The first show starts May 31, 2017 and goes all the way through Labor Day.
This is a great time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Fort Walton Beach at night AND watch a great show. These fireworks displays are FREE. Just bring a towel, blanket, or chair, and claim your spot on the beautiful beaches. After the display, be sure to visit the bars and restaurants on Okaloosa Island.