Skies from Gulf Shores, Ala. to Destin, Fla. will be full of fireworks this Independence Day. But the fun doesn’t start at sundown. This 4th of July list should keep you busy from morning to night no matter where you celebrate. There’s a musical legend at the Wharf, a fine dining experience at a local favorite restaurant and the resort communities in Destin promise a few surprises to shake up your red, white and blue traditions. Suit up in your best star-spangled get-ups and take advantage of some great American celebrations.
7.4 4TH OF JULY DINNER AND FIREWORKS AT THE FISH HOUSE 5 p.m. On the balcony above the Fish House, the restaurant is offering a special five-course food and wine dinner with prime waterfront seating overlooking Pensacola Bay. All tables will have an unobstructed view of the Sertoma fireworks. $125, reservations required. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 433-9450 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com.
7.4 SERTOMA’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors, free kids’ activities, live music, hot dog eating contest, and food vendors fill the daylight hours before the fireworks show. For full schedule and more information, visit pensacolafireworks.com.
7.4 SERTOMA’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 9:05 p.m. The largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast will be rain over Pensacola Bay for the 22nd year, with patriotic music broadcast by Cat Country 98.7—so be sure to bring your radios. Best viewing is along Bayfront Parkway. For details, visit pensacolafireworks.com.
7.4 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 9 p.m. Bring your beach blanket and watch the fireworks on the Sound Side of the island. Fireworks will be deployed from just behind The Portofino Boardwalk. More information can be found at visitpensacolabeach.com.
7.4 RED, WHITE AND ZOO 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is celebrating with a day full of free ice cream and activities for the whole family. The zoo’s full-time residents will be getting special 4th of July popsicle treats. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.
7.4 RED, WHITE & BAYTOWNE 9 a.m. Starting with the Independence Day Golf Cart Parade, festivities continue throughout the day and include a water slide, crafts, live music and even a stilt-walker. The Independence Day Fireworks Show begins at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit baytownewharf.com.
7.4 4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA ON THE HARBOR 6 p.m.-10 p.m. HarborWalk Village is hosting an evening full of entertainment for the 4th. Family activities, contests, live music and giveaways are all followed by a fireworks display over the harbor. For more information, visit harborwalk-destin.com.
7.2-4 FOURTH AT THE WHARF 9 p.m. The Amphitheater at the Wharf will have firework extravaganzas on July 2-4 this Independence Day holiday. Each night, the shows begin at 9:00 p.m. and are free to the public. For more information, visit thewharf-orangebeach.com.
7.4 RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND 8 p.m. See one of the original members of the Fab Four in action at The Amphitheater at the Wharf. Fireworks spectacular to follow the show. Ticket prices range from $15-$71. For more information, visit amphitheateratthewharf.com.