Navarre shares hometown fun for Fourth of July

On Independence Day, there’s nowhere better to be than small town USA. Celebrating the birth of our nation just seems right when there’s that hometown character and family charm.

Here on Navarre Beach, one of the South’s Best Tiny Towns according Southern Living magazine, a hometown 4th of July is exactly our style.

This year we celebrated the fourth with our first ever children’s parade, and I have to say it is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. From infants to adolescents, kids of all ages dressed up in their red, white and blue best to parade around the beach in wagons, on bicycles and walking.

My personal favorites were a little boy with motorized dump truck festooned in glittering garland and a girl on roller skates with an American flag draped across her back and a flamingo head band.

After the parade awards were distributed The Village Belles performed live patriotic tunes for the crowd in a throwback to The Andrews Sisters and their time with the USO.

The event even had a classic general store with treats for the kids and gifts for the grown-ups. What’s more American than eating cracker jacks on July 4th?

Following the parade, we walked over to grab a bite to eat at Juana’s Pagoda’s and Sailor’s Grill. For the adults, I highly recommend their special Independence Day firecracker cocktail. For the kids, the key lime pie is always a great sweet treat.

After dinner we stuck our toes in the sand to watch the fireworks light up the night.

Just another day in our slice of paradise. Be here for next year’s parade. Book your vacation today at

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