After 100 years, the time has finally come. Starting Friday, Port St. Joe will kick off a week-long celebration of arts, crafts and culture in celebration of the town’s 100th birthday.
That’s a lot of candles to blow out.
Round up the entire family for a week of fun. After all, a party like this only comes around every 100 years.
All times listed are Eastern. For more information on the centennial events, visit www.psjcentennialcelebration.com.
Friday, June 28
A fish fry at City Commons will mark the start of the festivities at 5 p.m. followed by a parade down Reid Avenue at 7 p.m. The parade will culminate in a light show at George Core Park at dark and the end of the first night of the celebration will be marked with a lantern release.
Saturday, June 29
Weekend festivities will kick off with a 5K run down Port City Trail at 7 a.m. Register in advance for the jog at the Port St. Joe Fire Station. Later, at 9 a.m., the SaltAir Farmer’s Market will be setup in City Commons to sell fresh produce and showcasing local art. At the same time, the Timeline Display at Frank Pate Park will debut with a pictorial history of major events from the last 100 years of the town. Take a walk through time. Literally.
Happening concurrently on Reid Avenue, a classic car show will celebrate history with a display of early-model cars and trucks. Starting at 4 p.m. Reid Avenue will be the epicenter for live music featuring a lineup of local talent. The static light show at George Core Park will show encore displays Saturday, Sunday and Monday at dark.
Sunday, June 30
Sunday is Family Fun Day and at 1 p.m., George Core Park will play host to food, fun, games and a kite flying contest. There will be lots to do for the little ones including a football toss, soccer booth and misting station. Raffles will be held throughout the afternoon to score gift certificates to local eateries and businesses.
The Timeline Display will open at 9 a.m. at Frank Pate Park and at dark, an encore presentation of the static light show will illuminate George Core Park.
Monday, July 1
Monday rings in July and is the official birthday of Port St. Joe! Celebrate with a party at City Commons where a time capsule will be buried containing items chosen by students from Port St. Joe area schools. Swing by and see what PSJ residents will dig up 100 years from now!
Be sure to sign the official event guestbook and view PSJ-themed artwork by local students. The Timeline Display will open again at 9 a.m. at Frank Pate and the nightly light show will start at dark at George Core.
Tuesday, July 2
If you’re in the mood for something a little different, head to Frank Pate Park on Tuesday evening at dark to enjoy an outdoor movie. The Timeline Display begins at 9 a.m. and the light show turns on once again at dark at George Core. Stop by the Event Welcome Center at 214 Reid Avenue to sign the official centennial guestbook and enjoy the youth art display.
Wednesday, July 3
Frank Pate Park will once again be the place to go for an outdoor movie at dark. The Timeline Display opens at 9 a.m. and also at dark, the final light show display will take place at George Core Park. The Event Welcome Center will be open once again for those who would still like to sign the official centennial guestbook.
The annual street dance will be held on Martin Luther King Boulevard from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. The dance will feature food, music, vendors and performances.
Thursday, July 4
On Thursday, the birthday party will briefly turn into a celebration of independence with the annual firework display over St. Joseph Bay. Grab a spot near the water for a show of explosive proportions.
A Formal Dinner will take place at the Washington Recreation Center and run from 7:30 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. tickets are $15 and guests will enjoy dinner and live entertainment.
Friday, July 5
As the week-long celebration winds to a close on Friday, an alumni basketball game featuring the best PSJ athletes from the present and years past will take place at the Washington Recreation Center Gymnasium. There’s nothing quite like a little friendly competition. It will also be the last chance to sign the official centennial guestbook at the Event Welcome Center on Reid Avenue to prove that you partied like it was 1913.