Panama City holds annual "Salute to Freedom" event

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City's annual “Salute to Freedom” event kicked off with a parade through Downtown Panama City, full of familiar faces.

Panama City held its Fourth of July celebrations with multiple events. (WJHG/WECP)

Jennifer Vigil, the President and CEO Destination Panama City, said, "We have everything from our local elected officials to the Krewe of St. Andrews, who is always Johnny on the spot with their festive parade floats. We have Doctor Dunn, so many people.”

The party then moved to the Panama City Marina where locals could listen to live music, choose from the many food trucks, and take a breather after dealing with the destruction of Hurricane Michael.

Panama City City Manager Mark McQueen said, “Let's fellowship together, let's unwind and enjoy the fellowship and the fun and festivities.”

“All of us are tied up rebuilding our homes and our businesses, making sure our families are okay, so to be able to come out and celebrate Independence Day together is really important for the community this year," Vigil added.

The Fourth of July means something a little different to everybody.

Jolene Wehde, a Panama City resident said, “It's our anniversary, it's me and my husband's one-year anniversary. We got married on July 4th in the morning and went to see the fireworks that night.”

Annabelle Horne, joined by her sister Sarah said, “It's an amazing day that you can celebrate and it's the day we became something big.”

The evening ended with a bang with a fireworks display over the bay.

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