List of 4th of July Weekend Events

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

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.

Friday Events:

Bay County

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

Calhoun County

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.

Franklin County

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,

Gulf County

Port St. Joe: Red, White & Blue Cruise-In on Reid Avenue is at 6 p.m. EDT; also Mutt Strut. Concert at 8 p.m. at The Haughty Heron near Port St. Joe Marina. Details: 850-227-1223.

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

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


Bay County

Pier Park
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 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: 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,

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: 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 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

Walton County

DeFuniak Springs
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:

WaterColor: Red, White and Run 5K through WaterColor trails at 8 a.m. Private, ticketed picnic on beach 6-9 p.m.; reservations required.

Okaloosa County

-Destin Commons
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

Gulf County

"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.

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  • by Jane Location: Marianna FL. on Jul 4, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    where in Marianna are they haing fireworks??? We cant seen to find anything listed other then Panama and Dothan we dont want to travel that far .
  • by JW Location: panama city on Jul 4, 2009 at 01:12 PM
  • by noel Location: pcb on Jul 4, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    your so right the goverment SUCKS..
  • by Patti M. Location: DeFuniak Springs on Jul 4, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    Thank-you to all who have fought and died to protect the American way of life, tonight my family will celebrate those individuals, and our family members who served. Our independence lays on their shoulders, and for carrying that burden, they should be saluted. The money that is spent by our local governments to put on these displays may be a waste to some, but consider all the money families attending these celebrations will spend enjoying the shows and other activities while waiting the fireworks. That in itself will boost the local economy, and help those who have been layed off with services their families will need in the future. In times like these, I am thankful to have something to celebrate. Again, thank you to our troops, especially those who have to mark this holiday from afar, we will be praying for you and your families today.
  • by WC Location: Panama City on Jul 4, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    Why is Panama City spending thousands of dollars for a fireworks display when they are laying off workers due to a supposely budget cut. Maybe the Mayor and City Commissioners can answer this without lying to the public and the workers layed off. I think we need a change in city government. I think it's about time everyone looks at their own City Government and the way they are spending your money. I think it's time for new faces. I know this is a waste of my time but if the voting public does not see what the local and National Government is doing then it will be to late. Take time to check out some of the bills being passed by the Federal Government and some of the tax increases being passed by your local Government.
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