Panama City Beach Florida 4th of July Guide

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If you like to be at the beach on the 4th of July, Panama City Beach would be a great place to be!  They celebrate Independence Day with some of the biggest fireworks displays on the Gulf Coast from Russell-Fields City Pier, the M.B. Miller County Pier and other venues.

Panama City Beach offers 3 nights of fireworks and you can view these beautiful displays from a variety of different locations.

  • July 3 – Freedom Rocks! Fireworks Show
  • July 4 – Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks Show
  • July 5 – Light With The Gulf Fireworks Show

Choreographed music simulcast is available when you tune into any of the 4 Magic Broadcasting stations for the Star Spangled Spectacular and the Freedom Rocks! Fireworks shows.

July 4th Salute to Freedom Festival

The July 4th Salute to Freedom Festival will be at the Destination Panama City Visitors from 4 pm to 9:30 pm.  This family friendly event is free.

Enjoy live music and great performances on the main stage.

  • 4:30 pm – Chandler Flint
  • 6 pm – Sons of Saints
  • 7:30 pm – Last Left

Food vendors will be there with delicious treats and refreshing beverages.  Merchandise and crafts vendors will be there with unique items for sale.  Bring cash because the bars are cash only.  There will be an ATM on site.

The fireworks will be at 9 pm.  Bring chairs or blankets.

Settle in and enjoy the show.

VIP Tickets

While this event is free, there are a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase.  The VIP tickets include access to the deck and private air conditioned restrooms and access to VIP cash bar.  It also gives you catering by Catering by Carla which includes

  • Pulled pork
  • Sliced roasted chicken
  • Sweet chili pineapple meatballs
  • Garlic and herb stuffed peppers (Vegetarian)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Italian cucumber and tomato salad
  • Cole slaw
  • Bread basket
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Assorted desserts

Book your VIP ticket here to get the lowest available price.


If you’d like to visit Panama City Beach for the 4th of July, you should consider the following hotels.  They are all offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.

  • Comfort Inn & Suites Panama City – St. Andrews: 21% Discount
  • Comfort Suites Panama City Beach: 21% Discount
  • Quality Inn & Suites near Panama City Beach: 16% Discount
  • Comfort Suites Panama City near Tyndall AFB: 16% Discount
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Panama City Beach, FL: 7% Discount
  • Suburban Studios near Panama City Beach: 7% Discount
  • Rodeway Inn Panama City: 7% Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Front Beach: 7% Discount
  • Quality Inn & Conference Center: 7% Discount
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Panama City, FL: 7% Discount

Or you might prefer renting a condo, apartment or other rental unit.  Take a look at these rental options.

Panama City Travel Excursion Ideas

While you’re in Panama City Beach, try jet skiing.

Or you could visit WonderWorks or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Panama City.

If you’re going to be flying to Panama City, you can use the promo code “SUMMER30” to save money on your flight here.