It’s never too early to look ahead to exciting summer festivities on the Gulf Coast, and this year Panama City Beach is hosting a red, white and blue extravaganza with a weekend full of Fourth of July events. With its 27-miles of award-winning beaches, turquoise water and All-American atmosphere, Panama City Beach invites visitors of all ages to celebrate America’s independence on its sugar-white shores and enjoy a variety of events for the whole family.

Offering two nights of fireworks, Panama City Beach will present visitors with spectacular views to experience its magical displays from a variety of different locations- ranging from resorts to waterfront restaurants. Below is a list of special events sure to keep visitors and locals entertained throughout the holiday week:

July 3

Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show

The Annual Beach Bash at Boardwalk Beach Resort is an annual favorite for guests of all ages. Throughout the holiday week, families can soak up the sunshine, savor delicious seafood and jam to live music before experiencing “Light Up the Gulf”, Panama City Beach’s largest private fireworks show taking place on July 3. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

Freedom Rocks! Fireworks

Guests can head to the Grand Lagoon for a beautiful day of shopping, live music and dining before grabbing a prime spot for the fireworks show. Firework lovers shouldn’t miss the display above the Grand Lagoon Bridge, best enjoyed with chairs and blankets on the grassy lawn at Treasure Island Marina. The show will begin at 8:45 p.m. but you might want to get there a little early to grab the perfect spot!

July 4

Veterans Memorial Ceremony

The City of Panama Beach at Aaron Bessant Park will host a Veterans Memorial Ceremony on July 4 to honor those who have served in the armed forces. Families, friends and loved ones are invited to come together to salute our county’s heroes on the most patriotic day during a special ceremony. This event takes place at 9 a.m.

Star-Spangled Spectacular

The City of Panama City Beach hosts the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast on July 4 at 9 p.m. The show 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. 

For more information and events in Panama City Beach, click here.

This year's sponsors are:

Perry & Young Book That Condo Seahaven 

Sharky's Firefly Centennial