Panama City Beach will be lit up with celebrations for the 4th of July. Celebrations actually begin Friday July 3 with the “Freedom Rocks” (9:00pm) celebration at Grand Lagoon with fun, music and fireworks. Boardwalk Beach Resort offers a fireworks celebration on the 3rd with their “Light up the Gulf” event (8:00pm). July 4th will offer the “Star Spangled Spectacular” featuring the Panama City POPS Orchestra performing at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre at 7:30pm. The performance will be followed up with the gulf’s most spectacular fireworks display from the City and County Pier at 9:00pm. There will also be a 5K “Firecracker Run” the morning of the 4th at Gayle’s Trails.
Pier Park Beach Clean Up-July 5th
On Sunday July 5th from 9:00am-11:00am, Pier Park will be hosting its first ever volunteer Beach Clean Up. They invite everyone to join them that morning down on the beach next to the City pier. They will have a tent set up and will be giving out gloves and garbage bags as well as other tools to help in picking up litter.
Grand Slam Sports Baseball completed its World Series of Baseball Session 2 on June 28th with a record 150 teams participating. Session 3 began June 29th with another 100 teams participating. During the timeframe of June 22nd -July 25th over 800 youth baseball/fastpitch teams will have participated in World Series events in Panama City Beach and surrounding parks. Over 90%+ of these teams are from outside of Florida. The USFA girl’s fastpitch World Series begins their 3-week stretch of tournaments July 6th with USA Olympic champion Jennie Finch addressing the teams at the Opening Ceremonies on July 5th. Over 200 teams will be competing during the first week.
The Rising Stars basketball event takes place July 9th -12th at Gulf Coast State College. Several collegiate basketball coaches attend the showcase looking for that next star for their program. www.cometsget.net Lacrosse returns to Frank Brown Park with the LAX at the Beach tournament July 24th-26th. www.fastbreaktournaments.com/tournaments/panama-city-beach-blast/
5K Summer Runs
The “Cool Summer 5K Series” returns in 2015. Runs take place every Wednesday morning at the St. Andrews State Park beginning at 7:30am. www.roadraceconsultants.com
Summer Concert Series
The Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series continues into July with performances by Casey Jamerson (country rock) July 2nd, Bonerama (brass funk) July 9th, Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots (blues) July 16th, Loud Planet (classic rock) July 23rd, and The Springs (country) July 30th. These concerts are held on Thursday night from 7:00pm-9:00pm and are free to the public. Groovin’ on the Green Monday night concert series at Carillon Beach features Sonic Boom (Saturday July 4th), Jones & Company July 6th, In Tune July 13th, The Mighty Hurricanes July 20th and Reasonable Doubt July 27th. The concerts are from 7:00pm-9:00pm and are free to the public.
Tickets are on sale for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam September 4th-6th at Frank Brown Park. Friday September 4th will feature Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Ronnie Milsap, Darryl Worley, Nick Sturms and Preston Summerville. Saturday September 5th, Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Kristian Bush, The Swon Brothers and Them Dirty Roses take the stage. Sunday September 6th, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kirstie Lovelady, Jack Ingram and the Pepsi Southern Original contest winner conclude the event. www.gulfcoastjam.com
Tickets are also on sale for the Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater September 25th, 26th. Friday night the 25th the “Beach Party” featuring Pablo Cruise, The Tams and The Landsharks kickoff the festival followed by Saturday September the 26th the “Keepin’ it Country” 25th Anniversary performance by Alan Jackson with opening acts, Maddie & Tae and Chris Stapleton. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com
The fall season line-up, soon to be announced, features some exciting events including the inaugural “Beach Home for the Holiday’s” in November.