Independence Day is one of Seaside’s most eagerly anticipated holidays. This year, the Seaside Fourth of July celebration is expected to again lure patriots eager to celebrate the holiday as only Seaside can — with patriotic concerts featuring multi-faceted talent; a parade of decorated golf carts, vehicles and bicycles; and a fireworks display to cap it all off. The Independence Day festivities begin Monday, July 3, with Stars & Stripes at Seaside. The patriotic Pops concert led by Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Maestro Peter Rubardt will feature familiar Independence Day-themed music including “The 1812 Overture” and a salute to the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaside Amphitheater. On July 4, beginning at 8 a.m., the annual South Walton Fourth of July parade heads down Scenic Highway 30A and concludes in Seaside. Later in the day, the lawn of the Seaside Amphitheater begins to fill in anticipation of the return of the USO style singers from the World War II Museum in New Orleans, the Victory Belles, at 7 p.m. The concert is followed by the fireworks finale at 8:30 p.m. All events are free, sponsored by the Seaside Merchants.
PARK & RIDE into SEASIDE
July 4th Shuttle Service
Seaside is making FREE shuttles available from 6 a.m. until midnight from the Grayton Beach Public Parking Lot on CR 283. Guests can simply park and ride into Seaside.
SEASIDE® has also partnered with Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine’s 30A Trolley Transit for an entire summer of convenient transportation for locals and guests. This public transportation system provides complimentary transportation along Florida's scenic Highway 30A and makes regularly scheduled stops:
• SEASIDE – Two pickup and drop off locations: In front of Pickles on Hwy. 30a; In front of Purple Wall on Hwy. 30a
• Cypress Dunes
• Gulf Place
• Dune Side
• Blue Mountain Beach
• AJ’s Grayton Beach
• Surfing Deer/Veridian
• Santa Clara Beach Access
• One Seagrove Place
• 30A Town Homes
• Old Florida Fish House
• The Hub
• The Pointe
• 30A Avenue
• Seaside – In front of Great Southern Café in Central Square
Operating from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the 30A Trolley Transit runs seven days a week from noon to 10 p.m. Vehicles approach each stop every 30-40 minutes. To access shuttle location at any time, riders can download the Sunshine Shuttle on-demand mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.
The 30a Trolley Transit allows visitors and locals on 30a the opportunity to visit Seaside’s shops, restaurants and entertainment as well as others on the 30A Trolley route without the need to get into their cars. The partnership between Seaside and 30A Trolley is not only beneficial to the community and visitors, but helps eliminate unnecessary traffic and pollution along Scenic Highway 30A.
Seaside, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, Seaside offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 400 homes, many of them vacation rentals, the community offers more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.
Seaside is featured in the following: Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, PBS “10 Towns that Changed America,” Frommer’s “Top 12 Destinations in the World,” Trip Advisor’s “15 Rising Vacation Rental Destinations for 2016,” Travel Channel’s “2015 Best Family Beach,” Travel + Leisure’s “Best Beach on Earth” for families (2014) and USA Today's "Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida (2013) by “Dr. Beach” to name a few. The holiday town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show.”
A prominent topic in architectural schools and in housing-industry magazines, Seaside is visited by design professionals from throughout the United States, and is included in the American Institute of Architects (Florida chapter) list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.