Celebrating Great Organizations, Great BBQ, and Freedom

Charity is the root of all good works. – Saint Augustine

Nine years ago Smoke on the Coast was born here at Destin Commons, and each year since, this event has grown in popularity and participation.  At the very heart of Smoke on the Coast is helping local charitable organizations. Destin Commons is committed to aiding local non-profits through our Coins for a Cause program.

If you are not familiar with Coins for a Cause let us tell you a little about the program that is changing lives one coin at a time. Have you ever noticed the parking meters lining the interior streets of Destin Commons? Well, every cent that is fed into those meters goes towards local charities. That is correct- every single penny you give goes toward helping animals, feeding the hungry, providing services to people with special needs, and more. The list of organizations we support goes on, but that is why it is so important for everyone to feed the meters. So, the next time you are at Destin Commons, please stop and pop some spare change into a meter. Your generosity is helping to change lives!

Now, onto the BBQ and fireworks! Every July 3rd, Destin Commons hosts a fierce but friendly BBQ competition between local charities. This year 18 charities are partnering up with local restaurants and BBQ groups to fight it out for cash prizes and the titles of People’s Choice, Judge’s Pick, and Most Spirited. Through our Coins for a Cause program, Destin Commons will be giving out over $85,000 in prize money. So, come out and support these charities by sampling delicious BBQ. It is a tough job but someone has to do it! You will also enjoy live music by Forrest Williams Band and Heritage, enjoy the retro booth by Epic Photo Booth, face painting, and much more. We know it will be hot outside but take a run through our pop up fountains, cool off in one of our stores, and remember to stay hydrated! Plus, we promise to dazzle you at night’s end with the best fireworks display on the Emerald Coast. Your most difficult decision will be deciding which BBQ team will receive your vote.

So, don your most festive red, white, and blue gear and head over to Destin Commons to celebrate great causes, great BBQ, and freedom!