Area businesses have been gearing up for the 4th of July weekend for months... and are expecting it to be a huge success. There are plenty of places to go and things to do around town this fourth of July weekend.
NewsChannel 7's Nicole Morten put together a list of all the hotspots in the area, so you won't miss out on the excitement.
Panama City Beach:
New 1,500-foot Russell-Fields Pier on Front Beach Road across from Pier Park is expected to be open all day today, Saturday and Sunday. Boardwalk Beach Resort fireworks are Friday only, at 9 p.m. at 9600 S. Thomas Drive with resort transformed into a boardwalk like Atlantic City, a movie will be played after the firework show. Details on Boardwalk festivities: (800) 224-5853
Carillon Beach: "Dr. Doolittle 2" showing at dark, live music at Muddy Rudder Oyster Bar 7-11 p.m. Details: 334-9100 or 230-8028
Independence Day Celebration at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. Gates to the Park open at 5:00 p.m., Event starts at 5:30 p.m. Food, Games, Live Band. Professional fireworks by Pyrotechnico, Inc. NEW THIS YEAR! Hot Dog eating contest, Watermelon Seed spitting contest, MORE Food & MORE Games for the kids! 850-674-574.
St. George Island: Arts and Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Cape St. George Lighthouse. Vendors, food, family activities, lighthouse climbing $5. Details: 850-229-1094, for more information visit, www.stgeorgeisland.com
Cape San Blas Lighthouse: Arts and Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Live music, book signings by children's authors at Keepers Cottage, lighthouse climbing for $10, free under age 10 with adult. Fireworks Saturday night. Details: 850-229-1151, 850-229-1094 or email@example.com
Howard Creek: Dance with Easy Company and friends is at 7 p.m. CDT at Fisherman's Landing and RV Park, 7681 Doc Whitfield Road. Fireworks afterward. Details: 827-2255
Star Spangled Spectacular
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
FREE Concerts! Nine bands will be spread throughout the property, with country music star Mark Chesnutt at 7:30 p.m. at the Pier Park amphitheatre. Families are invited to enjoy a dazzling fireworks display at dark. Mayor Oberst will kick off the festivities, followed by an F-15 flyover. -Fireworks begin after concert, 600 Pier Park Drive. (850) 236-9974.
PCB Independence Day Celebration
12 p.m.-9 p.m. at Aaron Bessant Park, 500 W. Park Drive adjacent to Pier Park and patriotic golf cart decorating, sidewalk chalk art, and pet parade. For details go online at www.playballinparadise.com or call (850) 233-5045. Presentation by Mayor Oberst followed by F-15 flyover; music at the Pier Park Amphitheatre: To play: The Springs at 2 p.m., The Pistols at 5:30 p.m., Mark Chesnutt at 7:30 p.m.; Veterans Memorial rededication at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. from the city's new 1,500-foot Russell-Fields Pier across from Pier Park; family activity tent near the carousel from noon to 7 p.m.; crafts and coloring tent; patriotic golf cart decorating, sidewalk chalk art, pet parade. Details: www.playballinparadise.com or 233-5045.
Carillon Beach: Block party 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with water slides, ice cream; live music till 10 p.m. Details: 334-9100
Salute to Freedom & Boardwalk Beach Bash
Salute to Freedom and Centennial Big Splash is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Panama City Marina. Hangar 7 performs at 2 p.m., Emerald County Line at 4 p.m., Billy Rader Family at 6 p.m. Home Depot kid’s workshop at 2 p.m., magicians and jugglers all day. Military fly-over at 5 p.m. fireworks at 9 p.m., simulcast on Clear Channel radio. Details: 785-2554, www.panamacitydowntown.com
Lynn Haven Parade
-Fireworks, Old 5th Street Ballpark at 9pm
- Parade at 9 a.m. on Ohio Avenue, Parade at 9 a.m. on Ohio Avenue, activities all day at Sharon Sheffield Park. Beauties on the Bay auto show at 6 p.m. at A.L. Kinsaul Park at western end of Fifth Street. Patriotic concert by Bay Wind Community Band at 7 p.m.; fireworks after sunset. Details: www.cityoflynnhaven.com or 850-271-5547
Mexico Beach: July 4 begins with 5k walk/fun run at 7 a.m. Children's fishing tournament 9-10:30 a.m. and fireworks finish the day. For more details visit online at www.mexicobeachcdc.com or call (850) 648-8196.
American Legion/Elks: Post 392 and Lodge 1598 celebration is at Elks Lodge,101 Beach Drive, Panama City. Hot dogs and fish baskets; Panama City fireworks viewing. Details: 624-2503
Callaway AmVets: Post 2298 Fourth of July party and open house starts at 1 p.m. at 5510 E. State 22 Free hot dogs and hamburgers, dunking booth, games for children and Music Man Bob Harris. Details: Danny at 814-0885.
Fountain AmVets: Post 231 invites public to 20th anniversary celebration at 21128 U.S. 231. Turkey shoot 1-4 p.m., $2 a shot; barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers at 2 p.m.; ceremony honoring charter members at 4:30 p.m., karaoke at 5 p.m. Details: 850-722-0291
Grand Lagoon: 8:30 p.m. over Historic Grand Lagoon off Thomas Drive. Sponsored by Treasure Ship, Boatyard, Captain Anderson's and Counts Real Estate. Watch from waterfront table or boat.
Orange Hill VFD: Celebration in conjunction with Cypress Creek Community Church begins at 4 p.m. at 1927 Orange Hill Road in Chipley. Music by Quad C, flyover from Tyndall Air Force Base at 5:30 p.m., fireworks to end the evening. Details: 850-638-8814 or www.orangehillfire.com
The Lake Yard, off Hwy 90. Fun family activities all day long.
Seaside: Parade at 8 a.m.; bluegrass by Rollin' in the Hay at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Details: www.seasidefl.com.
WaterColor: Red, White and Run 5K through WaterColor trails at 8 a.m. Private, ticketed picnic on beach 6-9 p.m.; reservations required.
Saturday ▪ July 4 ▪ 8:30 p.m. ▪ Free
5 – 8 p.m. ▪ Alaqua Animal Refuge with Animal Adoptions.
Bring the entire family out for a spectacular fireworks show at Destin Commons. The 49-head pop fountain will be shooting water up and down for the kids, as people watch the skyline over Destin Commons light up with fireworks to America’s favorite patriotic songs. -Fireworks Display Begins at 9 p.m
"Best Blast on the Beach" at Frank Pate Park.
-Festivities will include food, games, small rides and more! For more information call Gulf County Chamber of Commerce at 227-1223
Port St. Joe: Independence on the Coast Festival is 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT at Frank Pate Park. Food, live music, children's activities, petting zoo, pirate invasion, lighted boat parade food and fireworks. Details: 850-227-1223.
Panama City Beach: All American Music Festival sponsored by Gulf Coast Academy is 4-9 p.m. on the green next to the Beachcomber, 17101 Front Beach Road. Steve Wiggins, Bwana Ray, Rocky Akins, "So You Wanna be a Star" music contest, ($10 entry fee), with first, second and third prizes. Kids activities. Admission: $10, $5 ages 3-12; free under age 3. Tickets at 850-624-9120 or at the gate.
Carillon Beach: Kids Fest 3-6 p.m. with water slides, cookout, cake-walk at 4:30 p.m. Details: 334-9100.