Fireworks, like cookouts and cold drinks, are a ubiquitous part of Independence Day. As most people—aside from those in the hospitality industry—have the day off of work, relaxing and watching pretty, glittering lights in the sky doesn’t seem like a bad way to break from the usual.
Pensacola hosts one of the largest fireworks displays on the Gulf Coast. This year’s Sertoma’s 24th Annual Fourth of July Celebration will take place throughout the day on Thursday, July 4 in Seville Square, with the traditional, huge fireworks show wrapping up the festivities at night.
The celebration in Seville Square runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include regional bands, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and a free children’s area. There will even be a hot dog eating contest at noon, if you are feeling competitive.
For more moderate eaters, the day is a great time to try the various restaurants around Seville Square and downtown—maybe even grab a gelato at Dolce and/or beer at Pensacola Bay Brewery, both directly adjacent to the square. It’s your day off after all!
The fireworks over Pensacola Bay will begin at 9 p.m., with a simultaneous music broadcast on Cat Country 98.7 (Lee Greenwood, anyone?).
For those willing to drive to Pensacola Beach, fireworks over the Santa Rosa Sound also begin at 9 p.m. If trying to get onto the island isn’t your thing, depending on where you view the Sertoma’s fireworks on the mainland, it is possible to see those launching from the beach in the distance for two times the show from one seat.
So grab a beach chair, put on comfy shoes, and head downtown for one of Pensacola’s largest gatherings—the Fourth of July fireworks await you!