DESTIN, Florida — Destin Commons will partner with 16 area charities for the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks.

These charities will be teaming up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados to fire up their grills, with each team preparing their BBQ inspired specialty for the July 3 event. Attendees will sample mouth-watering BBQ dishes hot off the grills and cast their votes for the coveted People’s Choice title. Celebrity judges will also award Judge’s Pick winners of a blind taste test.

The 16 non-profit organizations, along with their BBQ teams, are:

•Air Force Enlisted Village/The Gulf Seafood Restaurant

•Arc of the Emerald Coast/Highway 98 BBQ

•Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast/Big Red Truck

•Children In Crisis/B&C Fire Safety

•Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance/Whole Foods

•Destin Rotary Foundation/Destin Rotary Club

•Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center/BrightView Landscaping

•Food For Thought/Waste Management Company

•Habitat for Humanity/Hub City Smokehouse & Grill

•Harvest House of Destin/Tailfins Seafood House & Oyster Bar

•Heritage Museum of NW FL/Okaloosa Gas

•Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation/BC’s Southern Paradise BBQ & Catering

•Opportunity Place/Classic Catering

•Panhandle Warrior Partnership/Making their own BBQ

•Ronald McDonald House Charities/Voodoo BBQ & Grill

•Toys for Tots/Bass Pro Shops

“We are excited about the addition of so many charities involved this year,” Destin Commons Marketing Manager Heather Ruiz said. “Just by participating, each charity will automatically receive $2,500. This will truly be a charitable event, with the potential of donating up to a total of $80,000 to these non-profits through our Coins For A Cause program and the proceeds of Smoke on the Coast.”

Destin Commons is located at Highway 98 and the Mid-Bay Bridge Road. Visit or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information.