This Year’s Blessing of the Fleet
Blessing of the Fleet on Destin Harbor
May 21st, 2020 marks the 63rd Annual Blessing of the Fleet on the Destin Harbor. This is one of Destin’s most time-honored traditions, bringing together the Destin community in a unique and special way. The Blessing of the Fleet is intended to bless the vessels for those locals who make their living on Destin’s waters – from fishing boats to tourist excursion boats and everything in between. It’s part of Destin’s Week of Blessings, a week-long celebration centered around giving back in the community. However, due to COVID-19, the Blessing of the Fleet will look a little different this year.
Traditionally, the event takes place on the Destin Harbor in front of Brotula’s and concludes with a community fish fry. But, in light of the need for social distancing, the fish fry has been canceled as well as the worship service under the tent at Brotula’s. Participants are instead encouraged to dine at local restaurants. Many restaurants in Destin are open at 25% capacity and offer outdoor seating to help comply with social distancing. However, you can also still get to-go and delivery orders from many restaurants as well. Be sure to reference their website before placing your order.
The 2020 Week of Blessings will still continue, but will also look a little different. The Annual Blessing of the Marketplace will take place on May 20th from 7:30 – 9 A, but will be hosted as a drive-through event instead. Destin’s Week of Blessings is as follows:
- Sunday, May 17th – Blessing of the Families
- Monday, May 18th – “Day of Fasting & Prayer”
- Tuesday, May 19th – Blessing of the First Responders and Government Agencies
- Wednesday, May 20th – Blessing of the Marketplace and Blessing of the Youth
- Thursday, May 21st – Blessing of the Fleet
Although these times are challenging, it really is special to see Destin’s community come together to lift one another up. Destin’s origins as a fishing village make the Blessing of the Fleet so impactful to many families who have been in Destin for generations.