Press Release

Panama City Announces July 4th Salute to Freedom Fireworks Displays

Panama City, FL – June 10, 2020 – “This is a year unlike any other”, says Jennifer Vigil, President of Destination Panama City.  Earlier in the year, the City of Panama City signed a 3-year contract with Destination Panama City to facilitate the city’s annual signature events, Salute to Freedom and Oktoberfest.  Planning was already well underway when Covid-19 entered the picture.  With communities across the nation having to make difficult decisions about closures and cancellations, Vigil says, “We’re thankful to have Governor DeSantis leading our state and fully support his plans for a phased reopening. After Hurricane Michael, we know we are a resilient city – so we’re just adjusting our sails for the Salute to Freedom event.”

Originally planned as a full day of activities, including a festival, parade, and fireworks at the Downtown Panama City Marina, the Salute to Freedom would have attracted thousands. Phase Two of the Governor’s Reopening Plan only allows for gatherings up to 50 people.  With safety being paramount, Destination Panama City and the City of Panama City agreed that adjustments were necessary.

While the revised plan cancels the parade and festival area – it brings the celebration to the people by expanding the firework displays.  Instead of the one traditional fireworks display, there will be three fireworks displays. The locations are:

  • Millville – launched from the Watson Bayou at 9:00PM
  • SweetBay – launched from the old airport runway at 9:15PM
  • Downtown Panama City – launched from the Panama City Marina at 9:30PM

There will be no official viewing areas, and the event organizers request the public not attempt viewing within the 500 foot safety fall out radius at each launch location. The amended plan encourages small gatherings and backyard barbecues with your families and neighbors, practicing social distancing, and relaxing. For more information on upcoming events, like Oktoberfest on September 25 -26, 2020, please visit




Embraced by beautiful St. Andrew Bay on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Panama City offers a myriad of water sports ranging from world-class sailing to some of the best year round in-shore and off-shore fishing in the U.S. Off the water, visitors to the Northwest Florida city delight in the sunny destination’s eclectically rich neighborhoods offering a thriving visual and performing arts scene, a range of dining that makes full use of bounteous local seafood, and diverse shopping and antiquing. To contact Destination Panama City directly call 850-215-1700. Please visit , and follow on Facebook and Instagram. Join the conversation at #destinationpanamacity.

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Vigil
Destination Panama City
[email protected]
(850) 215-1700