PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., May 12, 2021 – Visit Panama City Beach is pleased to announce the return of its annual Real. Fun. Fourth. celebration – a red, white and blue extravaganza with two nights of firework displays on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4.  Known as the largest Fourth of July fireworks show on the Gulf Coast and hosted on Panama City Beach’s 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters, this All-American event invites visitors of all ages to celebrate Independence Day.

“The City of Panama City Beach, in partnership with Pier Park and Bay County, is thrilled to continue this colorful and festive tradition this July, and for many years to come,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “Real. Fun. Fourth. is one of the most spectacular 4th of July celebrations on the Gulf Coast. With synchronized firework shows being blasted from the City and County piers, this extravaganza is an event all ages are guaranteed to enjoy.”

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Please see below for details regarding Panama City Beach’s “Light Up the Gulf,” “Freedom Rocks” and “Star Spangled Spectacular” celebrations:

Light Up the Bay: July 2
Join us for a long holiday weekend of fun for the whole family at Papa Joe’s. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an array of food trucks, live music and fireworks over the bay! (4601 W US-98)

Light Up the Gulf: July 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Panama City Beach will “Light Up the Gulf” on Saturday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. for the beach’s largest, private fireworks. The magic happens after dark behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort condominium, with the 14th Annual Beach Bash including free live entertainment, contests and kid’s activities. 

Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center (9600 S. Thomas Dr.)

Freedom Rocks: July 3 @ 8:45 p.m.
Come early to shop and dine at any Freedom Rocks participating waterfront restaurants, rock a spot with the glorious sun-set washed colors painting the skies above the Grand Lagoon Bridge or bring your chair/blanket to the green grassy lawn at Treasure Island Marina.

Star Spangled Spectacular: July 4 @ 9:00 p.m.
The City of Panama City Beach will host the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast on Sunday, July 4 at 9:00 p.m. The show will feature dueling fireworks from the City (Russell-Fields) and County (M.B. Miller) Piers. Guests are invited to set up their beach chairs and encouraged to arrive early to get the best views. 

Locations: Russell-Fields City Pier (16101 Front Beach Rd.)
M.B. Miller County Pier (12213 Front Beach Rd.)
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About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge. With 320 days of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. For more information, call 850-233-5070 or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at Stay connected with Panama City Beach on Twitter (@Visit_PCB), Instagram (@Visit_PCB) and Facebook (@VisitPanamaCityBeach).

About Visit Panama City Beach
Visit Panama City Beach is the official destination marketing organization for Panama City Beach, Florida. The award-winning organization has earned industry accreditation (DMAP) from Destinations International, the world’s leading authority in destination marketing, and exists to drive economic opportunity, job creation, community sustainability and quality of life for its residents through marketing, promotion and stewardship of the destination’s REAL.FUN.BEACH. brand and attributes, tourism development, special event production, and managing beach re-nourishment and maintenance programs. 

Media Contacts:
Rachael Moss
Lou Hammond Group

Jayna Leach / Lacee Rudd
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
850.233.5070 / 850.233.5070