As summer arrives along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Panama City Beach prepares for a family-friendly 4th of July celebration. Known for its award-winning beaches and emerald water, the destination has long been a summertime tradition, and the area's strong military ties and All-American vibe make it the perfect beach for celebrating America's independence.

Below is an overview of events in Panama City Beach this July 4th weekend:

Summer Concert Series - July 3
Start your July 4th weekend off early by joining locals and visitors at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater for the free weekly Summer Concert Series, which will feature the Air National Guard Band of the South's jazz ensemble this Thursday. For more information, visit

The Color Run - July 4
Panama City Beach invites runners of all ages to join the "Happiest 5K on the Planet" for the first ever Color Run at Aaron Bessant Park. This un-timed race features four "color zones" to douse runners with bright red, white and blue paint combinations, making for a vibrant celebration with music and dancing. VIP tickets go on sale May 20 while general admission tickets are available May 25. For more information, visit

Star Spangled Spectacular - July 4
Following The Color Run, the Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off at Aaron Bessant Park's Veteran's Memorial Park with a salute to those who have served. Adjacent to Aaron Bessant Park, Pier Park is presenting a neighborhood-style block party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., where families can enjoy children's activities plus tasty food and drinks from street vendors and local shops. A patriotic musical performance by The Air National Guard Band of the South begins at 7 p.m. in Aaron Bessant Park's outdoor amphitheater - bring picnic blankets and the whole family to enjoy this free show. The band will play up to and during the largest fireworks display along the Gulf Coast at 9 p.m., as simultaneous fireworks shows erupt from the nearby City Pier and the County Pier 3 miles east. For more information, visit

Groovin' on the Green - July 4
Yet another option for those who would like to enjoy an evening of free music in Panama City Beach! Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and coolers. Concert will be held on Village Green from 7-9 p.m. at Carillon Beach. For more information visit

Freedom Rocks - July 5
Keep the Independence Day celebration going on beautiful Grand Lagoon for an evening of music, fireworks and freedom from 4-9 p.m. Come early and dine at any Freedom Rocks participating waterfront restaurant or rock a spot with a gorgeous view on the Grand Lagoon Bridge. For more information, visit