World-famous Panama City Beach is as American as hotdogs and apple pie—or perhaps key lime pie in our little slice of paradise. Ranking high among locals and visitors alike is a great party, and boy does Pier Park know how to throw a spectacular one for the Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 3 – Free Jazz Concert

Kick off your holiday weekend on Thursday, July 3, and enjoy a free concert with the Air National Guard Band of the South from 7:00–9:00 pm at Pier Park’s Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. The entire family—even your furry, four-legged ones (on leashes)—are invited to enjoy a night of dazzling live jazz under the stars! Pack your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers, and get the party started!

Friday, July 4 – Star-Spangled Spectacular Celebration

The next morning, Pier Park kicks off America’s best birthday bash with all sorts of family fun events that continue through the spectacular 4th of July fireworks display that night. Below are the highlights: Resort Collection 8:00 am: The Color Run 5K – Known as the Happiest 5K on the planet, this unique paint race at Pier Park celebrates health, happiness, and individuality and features various color stations throughout the race. Start off wearing white and by the end of the race, you’ll be head-to-toe covered in happy rainbow colors. The start line is its own pre-race party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching, and giveaways! Entry-fees: Individuals $40; 4-member team $35 per person. For more information visit 11:00 am–5:00 pm: Block Party at Pier Park – Join the neighborhood-style street party for children’s activities, tasty food and drinks from sidewalk vendors and local shops, plus plenty of great shopping. There’s even a wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings! Admission is free. 7:00–9:00 pm: Free Patriotic Music Concert – The Air National Guard Band of the South returns to Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater for a patriotic musical tribute. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, and leashed pets are welcome. 9:00 pm: Spectacular Fireworks Finale – The band continues performing during the largest fireworks display along the Gulf Coast, as well as simultaneous fireworks shows erupting from the nearby City Pier and the County Pier three miles east. For more information about Pier Park’s Fourth of July events, call Pier Park at (850) 236-9974 or check out