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As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, people across the world are gearing up to celebrate the holiday in their own unique way. And for those looking for a fun, laid-back way to celebrate the occasion, there’s no better place than along 30A in Florida. With its picturesque beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich Irish heritage, this area offers a wide range of activities and events for visitors of all ages and interests. From lively parades and traditional Irish cuisine to live music and outdoor activities, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Florida along 30A. So, grab your greenest attire and get ready for an unforgettable holiday experience in this beautiful and welcoming corner of Florida.

Festive Events

Get ready to swap the white sand beaches of 30A for green beer and festive celebrations during St. Patrick’s Day weekend! The annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is the highlight of the holiday weekend, featuring family games, delicious Irish fare and drinks, and world-class entertainment by local musicians and artists. The parade will showcase over 50 unique floats from local businesses and organizations, spanning a 4-mile route along Scenic Highway 30A and culminating at Gulf Place for the ultimate post-parade festivities.

This St. Patrick’s Day celebration truly embodies the close-knit community charm of 30A, offering memorable activities for kids like the POT O’ GOLD Treasure Hunts, Irish Costume Contest, and The World’s Tallest Leprechaun Balloon Maker, while adults can enjoy sampling local cuisine and specialty Irish drinks with friends and neighbors. Get ready for a weekend of fun, food, and festivities as the 30A community celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style!

And if you’re ready to lace up your running shoes, join the Leprechaun fun in Fort Walton Beach. The annual Lucky Leprechaun 5K/10K Run/Walk and Lil’ Leprechaun 1-mile run for kids is held each year during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. This event is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style. The scenic route will take you through downtown Fort Walton Beach, offering a picturesque view of the area’s beauty. After the race, head over to KC’s Sandbar for a post-race party filled with exciting prizes, delicious food and drinks, and lively music. This is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, perfect for families looking for spirited fun and healthy exercise. So, gather the kids and head to downtown Fort Walton Beach for a family-friendly day filled with Leprechaun-inspired fun and festivities!

Food and Drinks

Looking to enjoy some traditional Irish fare and festive drinks on St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than the charming communities of 30A, Florida. Many local restaurants and bars will be serving up traditional dishes like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and soda bread, as well as Irish-inspired cocktails like green beer, Irish coffee, and Irish whiskey flights.

Whether you’re looking for a casual pub atmosphere or a more upscale dining experience, 30A has plenty of options to choose from. And for those who want to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather, many restaurants offer outdoor seating and patio areas, perfect for enjoying a pint of Guinness or a refreshing Irish cider.

In addition to the delicious food and drink offerings, many establishments will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day-themed events and live music performances throughout the holiday weekend. So, gather your friends and family, don your green attire, and head out to one of the many dining and drinking establishments along 30A for a festive and fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Celebrate at the Beach

Looking for a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? Why not head to the beautiful beaches of 30A, Florida, for a fun-filled day in the sun with friends and family. Pack a picnic basket filled with traditional Irish fares like corned beef sandwiches, soda bread, and Guinness, and spend the day lounging on the beach, soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying the cool sea breeze. For those who want to stay active, there are plenty of fun beach activities to choose from, including beach volleyball, paddleboarding, and kayaking. And as the sun begins to set, gather your group around a cozy beach bonfire and enjoy the warmth of the fire as you share stories, roast marshmallows, and sip on Irish coffee or hot cocoa.

Book Your St. Patrick’s Day Getaway

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 30A, Florida is an experience like no other. From the lively parade and festival to the scenic 5K/10K run/walk, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And whether you prefer a relaxed day at the beach or a night out on the town, there are plenty of activities and establishments along 30A to make your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a memorable one. So, what are you waiting for? Call I Love 30A today to book your vacation rental and experience all that this beautiful community has to offer during this festive holiday.

In the chaos of an ever-changing world, taking time to step back and remember what we’re thankful for in 2020 is key to finding peace of mind. It’s safe to say it’s been a year filled with challenges as the arrival of COVID-19 had employees transitioning out of standard offices, businesses closing their doors, and students learning to make the move to virtual online learning platforms. With these new requirements came plenty of hurdles related to how to turn homes into places of work and even more—how to balance work and life when everything was merged together.

With the holidays around the corner, even those traditions many of us have long counted on with family and friends seem to be in question. How do we keep one another safe while still enjoying time with our loved ones this holiday season? Fortunately, the answer doesn’t have to be canceling all holiday plans. When hosting a large group Thanksgiving at home just isn’t an option—consider taking your celebration on the road and instead, enjoying a 30A Thanksgiving! A change of scenery will definitely be different, but it might be just what everyone needs in 2020.

Why 30A is a Fantastic Thanksgiving Destination

There’s no need to worry about the stresses that come with the arrival of winter when you plan a Thanksgiving holiday in 30A. Here, visitors can swap out the snow, ice, and cold for a destination that features the best of warm sand beaches, beautiful waves, and plenty of tropical-inspired locales to explore. This type of climate is a welcoming one for family members of all ages that are looking to gather this holiday season. In addition to the amazing temperatures, 30A is brimming over with opportunities to get out and explore while still maintaining a safe distance from crowds. Whether you decided to rent a private boat and enjoy a sightseeing tour from the waves, can’t wait to spend time snorkeling on hidden away coves, or have a heart for exploring off the beaten path trails, 30A is a place where it’s all possible. Thanksgiving guests to 30A can bike their way through the terrain as well or enjoy time bird watching, wildlife spotting in the waves, or enjoying working on their photography skills. Treks through nature preserves, state parks, and even adventures on coastal dune lakes will turn your Thanksgiving away into a one of a kind adventure.

Skip the Restaurant and Order to Go

If you’re looking forward to leaving the cooking to someone else this year, but don’t want to risk spreading germs in a large restaurant dining room—consider ordering a Thanksgiving meal to go from one of the many mouthwatering stops that are open along 30A. Instead of making a reservation, place an order, and enjoy your delicious holiday away meal in the comfort of your vacation rental, near the ones you love, and paired with the perfect waterside view.

Book a Stay with Holiday Style

Whether you’re headed to 30A as a small traveling crew or hoping to gather with the same family members as every other year, just within a different setting. Booking a vacation rental with holiday style can elevate your experience. Those visitors that book with I Love 30A will enjoy picking from a wide variety of properties—the majority of which host fantastic full kitchens for those groups in the mood to stick with that traditional meal plan. Complete with spacious counters, modern appliances, and plenty of cookware and utensils, guests will find it easier than ever to serve up up the turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes with ease. When it’s time to dine, large dining room tables will do the trick, but guests can also make it an open-air meal by turning balconies, patios, or decks into alfresco holiday moments.

Many of our properties also feature wonderfully tasteful and comfortable furnishings throughout, giving guests every reason to settle in with their favorite holiday movie after an amazing meal. Open-concept designs give visitors the space and light they need to move easily between living, dining, and sleeping areas during a stay, and whether you’ve booked one large rental or several independent stays, everyone will rest easy knowing they’ve created a holiday plan that keeps them close to the fun. From cozy fireplaces to private hot tubs, your Thanksgiving can even include those luxurious touches you might not find under more traditional circumstances.

Book Your 30A Thanksgiving Today

Whether you’re in 30A for Thanksgiving or headed this way another time of year, the team at I Love 30A is ready and waiting to get you settled into just the right vacation rental for your stay. Contact us today to learn more about our many area properties and additional services. We can’t wait to help you plan your 30A Thanksgiving!