Independence Day is ahead and the night sky will soon be lit up with the glittering explosions of local/area firework displays. It’s an annual event that everyone looks forward to, so here’s where you can get your fix for the Fourth.
Port St. Joe
On Friday, July 4, Port St. Joe will commemorate the historic event starting at 6:30 p.m. ET with a parade down Reid Avenue featuring golf carts, go-karts and bicycles. Immediately following the parade, a low country boil fundraiser and flag ceremony to honor America’s founding fathers will take place at City Commons Park.
A street dance will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. starting at 6 p.m. ET that will run into the night, ending at 1 a.m.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. ET, 15-piece Panama City big band, Go Big or Go Home will perform an hour-long set on the George Core Park stage.
During an intermission in the music, the annual fireworks display will be launched over St. Joseph’s Bay. Once complete, Go Big or Go Home will play another 60-minute set to round out the celebration.
The City of Wewahitchka will kick off its celebration at 10 a.m. CT with a festival at Lake Alice Park to feature arts, crafts, food and local vendors. At dark, the annual fireworks display will light up the sky and will immediately be followed by a street dance, also to be held at Lake Alice Park.
On Thursday, July 4, Mexico Beach will host the annual Best Blast on the Beach celebration.
America’s birthday party begins bright and early at 7 a.m. CT with the Sandy Shoes 5K Fun Run at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street.
Pre-registration is available at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or on race day from 6 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.
After the race, a kid’s fishing tournament will be held at Canal Park. Children ages 2-14 are invited to bring their poles and try to reel in a big one. The tournament runs from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. CT. There is no entry fee. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided to the young anglers and their families.
At 8:30 p.m. CT the annual fireworks show will light up Mexico Beach for residents and guests alike.