Visit Panama City Beach is pleased to announce Real. Fun. Fourth., the destination’s annual Independence Day celebration, will take place this year from Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4. Known as the largest Fourth of July fireworks display on the Gulf Coast, the spectacular event welcomes visitors of all ages for the ultimate red, white and blue celebration in Panama City Beach. 

“We look forward to hosting another incredible Real. Fun. Fourth. in partnership with the City of Panama City Beach, Pier Park and Bay County,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “This annual celebration brings together residents and visitors for an unforgettable Independence Day weekend with showstopping firework shows on our destination’s beautiful beaches.”

Please see below for details regarding Panama City Beach’s “Light Up the Bay,” “Light Up the Gulf,” “Freedom Rocks” and “Star Spangled Spectacular” celebrations:


Light Up the Bay: July 2 @ 8:30 p.m.

Kick off the holiday weekend with fireworks by the bay at Papa Joe’s. Bring your lawn chair and catch fireworks over the bay, food trucks and live music with family and friends! (4601 W US-98)


Light Up the Gulf: July 3 @ 8:30 p.m. 

On Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m., Panama City Beach will “Light Up the Gulf” with the beach’s largest, private fireworks show. The Annual Beach Bash will take place behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort condominium and includes free live entertainment, contests and kid’s activities.

Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center (9600 S. Thomas Dr.)


Freedom Rocks: July 3 @ 8:45 p.m.

Stop by early and dine at any Freedom Rocks participating waterfront restaurants, rock a spot with the glorious sun-set washed colors painting the skies above the Grand Lagoon Bridge or bring your chair/blanket to the lawn at Treasure Island Marina.


Star Spangled Spectacular: July 4 @ 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. Panama City Beach’s Star Spangled Spectacular will take place on Monday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m., and will feature dueling fireworks from the City (Russell-Fields) and County (M.B. Miller) Piers. Guests are invited to set up their beach chairs and encouraged to arrive early to get the best views. 

Locations: Russell-Fields City Pier (16101 Front Beach Rd.)

M.B. Miller County Pier (12213 Front Beach Rd.)


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