Northwest Florida July Events Calendar 2014

It's July, time to head for the beach to cool off and the Northwest Florida July Events Calendar can give you some ideas for fun activities as well. This is National Recreation and Parks Month, and National Family Reunion Month, the perfect time to enjoy a family picnic, take a nature walk or just enjoy some of our beautiful national and state parks.

It's also National Grilling Month, so marinate some grouper or amberjack, toss some veggies in olive oil and do some outdoor cooking with family and friends. It's a summer tradition.

First off there are lots of Fourth of July celebrations taking place all across the region and if you're looking for accommodations, there are some really cute boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns to choose from. Activities range from the big bash put on by Sertoma in Pensacola to the Sopchoppy fireworks and music extravaganza in Wakulla County. In between you'll find parades and fireworks all across the beaches in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle and Tallahassee. And that's only the start.

In fact there are a lot Fourth of July celebrations, so if you know of an event in your area and want to help get the word out, you can post it in the comments section below, or go to our Facebook page and post it there.

Please Note: All times listed on the Northwest Florida July Events Calendar  2014 are U.S. Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated.

Blue Angels Practice

Date: July 1,15,22, 2014
Hours: 11:30 a.m. sharp (be there early for a good spot)
Where: National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Naval Air Station
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-452-3604 or visit the museum website

If you've never seen the Blue Angels air show, you've missed an amazing experience. These practice sessions are the real thing and are free. Most of the sessions are on Tuesday, but if you catch a Wednesday session, the team signs autographs afterward. Plan on spending the rest of the day at the museum, there's a lot to see. Seating is limited so bring a blanket or lawn chair and bring drinking water as it can get hot on the flight line.

Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration

Date: July 3, 2014
Hours: 12 noon to 10:00 p.m., Parade 6;30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: Apalachicola
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy fresh seafood, live music, a parade, and a free ice cream social at this old fashioned community Independence Day celebration. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. over the Apalachicola River. 

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Date: Every Thursday Evening Beginning July 3, 2014
Hours: Starting at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Aaron Bessant Amphitheater , 500 W. Park Drive, Panama City Beach
Cost: Free
More Information: Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Enjoy music under the stars every Thursday evening throughout the month at Pier Park. The Summer Concert Series features the best of local talent in a relaxed setting. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Small coolers are allowed.

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Sopchoppy July 4th Celebration

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to after 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: Downtown Sopchoppy, Wakulla County
Cost: $3 donation at the gate
More Information: Call  850-926-1848

Start the day with a parade through downtown Sopchoppy at 10:00 a.m., then head to Myron B. Hodge City Park for an afternoon of live music and entertainment, arts & crafts, and lots of food at this hometown Independence Day celebration. Finish the evening with fireworks.

Seaside 4th of July 

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Seaside, South Walton
Cost: Free

Watch the parade or be in the parade, it's your choice at this old fashioned hometown celebration. The parade starts at 8:00 a.m. and meanders down Scenic Highway 30A to the Seaside town center. There will be activities throughout the day and the Seaside shops will be open for browsers. A concert on the lawn by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will be followed by fireworks over the gulf at 9 o'clock.

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Red, White and Baytowne

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin 
Cost: Free

Kids activities, live music, and fireworks over the lagoon. It's July 4th Sandestin style. Be at the Village of Baytowne Wharf for kids' crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. Live music by "Mama's Blue Dress".

4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor in Destin

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Harborwalk Village, Destin
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-424-0600

Live music, contests, family activities, and fireworks over the harbor make this a Destin tradition.

4th of July Celebration at The Landing in Fort Walton Beach

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Landing, 139 Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-833-9575

Enjoy food, fun, arts and crafts and more at the Landing in Fort Walton Beach. Live music, kids activities and fireworks will cap off the evening. 

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Riverfest in Milton

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to dark
Where: Riverwalk, Downtown Milton, I-10 exit 31
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-623-2339 or visit Riverfest

Kids activities, live music and the Great Milltown Duck Race at 5:00 p.m. are just some of the fun-filled activities at this day-long festival on the Blackwater River. There's a Treasure Island activity area for the kids, Karoke, a car show, a bike show, and a Veterans' Salute. The day finishes with fireworks over the river.

25th Annual Sertoma 4th of July Celebration in Pensacola

Date: July 4, 2014
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Old Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Pensacola Sertoma

Each year Pensacola area Sertoma clubs sponsor the largest Fourth of July fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. The day-long list of activities includes a free children’s area with inflatables and pony rides, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, and live entertainment. The fireworks out over Pensacola Bay start at 9:00 pm.

Boardwalk Beach Bash & Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show

Date: July 5 & 6, 2014
Hours: All day, Fireworks at around 9:00 p.m.
Where: Boardwalk Beach Resort, Panama City Beach
Cost: Admission Free, cost for some activities
More Information: Call 800-224-4853 or visit Boardwalk Beach Resort

This family fun fest is filled with food, live music, Sunset Cinema Beach Movies, kid's activities and more. Fireworks st dusk on Saturday.

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More Northwest Florida July Events
- Fireworks -

Chattahoochie - River Landing Park - Call 850-663-4475

Crestview - Spanish Trail Park - Call 850-689-1618

Port St. Joe - Frank Pate Park - Call 850-229-7800

St. George Island Independence Day Celebration - Call 850-653-8678

Tallahassee - Tom Brown Park - Call 850-891-3860

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