As if the sugar white sands and emerald green waters aren't enough, along comes the biggest weekend of the year for the Gulf Coast; July 4th. Join your friends from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and of course the locals in celebrating July 4th 2016 beach style. Below is a short list of things to do while you're here.
South Walton / 30A Area
Jul 4, 2016
Panama City Beach
Light Up the Gulf Fireworks ShowDate: 07/03/2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Annual Beach Bash and Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show. The Beach Bash will feature great live music, food and fun. There will be something for everyone with beach activities happening all day long.
Contact Number: (850) 230-4695
Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort
Freedom Rocks Celebration Fireworks Show
Join us on beautiful Grand Lagoon for an evening of Music, Fireworks, and Freedom! Come early and dine at any Freedom Rocks participating waterfront restaurant or rock a spot
with a gorgeous view on the Grand Lagoon Bridge.
Location: Grand Lagoon
Thanks to WJHG for the following Panama City 4th of July celebration information:
PANAMA CITY-- If you're looking for something with flare to do this 4th of July, you may think about heading to the Panama City Marina this weekend. It's the city's biggest celebration of the season, and city officials are expecting this year to be really special.
"We absolutely love it," Panama City Resident Wendy Thornton said. "Not only do we get the light show here, but we can also look out where the pier is and the beach area and after the light show's over, the fireworks start."
And for years now the Panama City Marina has been the go to spot to celebrate.
"This is the peak of the Marina season, and it's something that we plan year round, and it's like the ground is vibrating, everyone around is just so excited," Panama City Marina Director Stan Jones said.
The event has lots of vendors, food, music, and activities for families, but the highlight is the $25,000 firework display.
"The 4th of July celebration in Panama City is spectacular," John Poppell, a Panama City resident, said. "They do a great job with the fireworks, and this marina has been upgraded to the point that it is a beautiful place to come."
Jones says the city has finally finished beautifying the marina's entrance, which he says will make this year's event even better.
"It's complete and it's gorgeous," Jones said. "I'm so excited to show it to our community."
Jones tells us that in the past, their 4th of July celebrations have drawn crowds of up to 10,000 people and that means these parking lots can get pretty packed, but he says thanks to the recent marina redevelopment project, they're going to have more parking spots than ever before.
"We added parking all along Government Street on the street," Jones said. "We have a nice large lot right behind us and also we kept quite a bit of parking behind the old library and city hall."
Locals say they think this will make a huge difference, because parking has caused some headaches in the past.
"My parents come down in an RV, and it was just hard to find a place to park it and stay on our boat and this year with all the new expansions then it's gonna be I think a lot better," Thornton said.
"Parking is a critical issue down here. It's a small area and it gets crowded," Poppell said.
The event starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The firework show will begin at 8:30 p.m.
City of Lynn Haven
Thanks to the City of Lynn Haven for the following information:
7:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast- Lynn Haven Lions Club (708 Iowa Avenue)
8:00 a.m. Flag raising ceremony - Lynn Haven City Hall (825 Ohio Avenue)
National Anthem: “Harmony Shores Choir”
8:15 a.m. Youth Bike Parade Registration (12 & under) 630 Ohio Avenue (Peoples South Bank drive through area)
DECORATE those bikes and show off your hard work!! Organized by Lynn Haven Rotary Club/BS Troop #300 All entries will fall into the parade. (Parade ends at 11th St.)
9:00 a.m. Parade -The parade will proceed East on 5th St. from Montana Ave to S.R. Hwy 77, then South on S. R. Hwy 77 then West on 11th Street to Florida Ave.
Sharon Sheffield Park (times are approximate for some activities)
9:00 a.m. VENUE OPENS Art & Crafts Vendors, Food & Entertainment for kids: Inflatables, pony rides and much more
10:30 a.m. Corn Hole Tournament Registration–Grassy field (North Side of Park) 10:45 a.m.
(approximately) Welcome – Mayor Anderson
11:00 a.m. Corn Hole Tournament Begins/Watermelon eating contest registration
12-3 p.m. Sonic Boom performing at the pavilion
1:00 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest (Near Pavilion)