Come to the Coast for Freedom Festivities!
Have you made any plans yet to celebrate Independence Day? Come to the Forgotten Coast this July and enjoy four days of fireworks and festivities in Franklin County. Whether you want to enjoy the fireworks from a waterfront balcony or beachfront boardwalk (or anyplace in between!) lodging providers can still hook you up with the perfect Freedom Getaway. Click here for vacation specials.

Want to be on the water to see the fireworks? How about chartering a guideboat to take you out on the river or bay to enjoy overhead fireworks from the comfort of your own front row seat?! Click here to find charter boat captains.

From Alligator Point to Apalachicola, almost every community is planning Independence Day festivities. 

Eastpoint - July 1
Come enjoy fireworks over the Bay at the 3rd Annual Eastpoint Freedom Festival, hosted by the Eastpoint Civic Association. Fireworks will begin at dark-thirty on Monday July 1.
Apalachicola - July 3
In Apalachicola, the Apalachicola Bay Chamber presents Apalachicola’s Waterfront July 3rd Celebration on Wednesday July 3 featuring all-American food vendors, music and fireworks. Come early to enjoy a patriotic flyover of F-35A Lightning jets from Tyndall's 325th Fighter Wing.  

St. George Island - July 4
On St. George Island, everyone is welcome to join in the annual July 4th celebration. Stick around all day and enjoy festivities and fireworks on the beach behind the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe about dark-thirty.

Carrabelle - July 5
Carrabelle will host its annual fireworks extravaganza on Friday, July 5 along the Carrabelle Waterfront at dark-thirty. 

CGJ Honors the Mighty Eighth with special exhibit July 23-Aug. 31
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle will present a special exhibit this summer exploring the heroic history of the Eighth Air Force, known as The Mighty Eighth. The Eighth Air Force was the greatest air armada in history, redited with destroying the German Luftwaffe, and also destroyed Nazi Germany’s ability to wage war. Their efforts paved the way for the D-Day assault. The exhibit will open July 23 and will run through August 31. 
The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission, but donations are gladly accepted. Learn more here.
Kid-Friendly Fun This Summer
Looking for something fun for the kids during your visit? The libraries in Franklin County are hosting fun craft and reading programs.
July 1 - Eastpoint Outdoor Safety Necklaces
July 1 - Carrabelle Teen Craft Button Making

July 8-   Live Music with Children’s Entertainer, Mr. Richard 
July 8, 22 - Apalachicola -
Adventure Board Games
July 9
- Carrabelle Story Time
July 11DIY Camping Lanterns 

July 11 -
Apalachicola - Nature Crafts
July 9
- Eastpoint Story Time 
July 18- DIY Birdhouses

July 19Tie Dye Day 

July 25
- Apalachicola - Terrariums
Several businesses in the area also offer fun family-friendly activities also. Art of Glass on St. George Island offers a mixed media art class. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting "Turtle Talks" each Tuesday this summer. The weekly talks, which will run through August, help visitors learn about our nexting sea turtles. 
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