Visit Pensacola Announces Line Up for Red, White and Blues Week

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Fireworks on the Fourth of July kick off weeklong celebration that culminates with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Air Show over Pensacola Beach

Fireworks over Pensacola Bay during Red, White and Blues Week

Patriotic spirit and fighter jets soar in Pensacola during one of the South’s biggest Independence Day celebrations that lasts long after the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Red, White and Blues Week begins on July 4 and ends on July 11, and it is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The week attracts tens of thousands of visitors who come to witness the city’s all-American celebration that includes live music, baseball, Pensacola's beautiful beaches and aerial excitement provided by the famous hometown Blue Angels.

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day celebrations
Downtown Pensacola is the setting for a free patriotic celebration, hosted by area Sertoma clubs, in Seville Square. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include live music, arts and crafts, a children’s area with pony rides and inflatables and a hot dog eating contest at noon. A dazzling professional fireworks display set to music over beautiful Pensacola Bay takes place at 9 p.m.

This year visitors are also invited to watch the fireworks from the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Beginning at 6 p.m., Pensacola’s minor league baseball team, The Blue Wahoos, will open the waterfront stadium for a night of family fun that includes food, games and a showing of The Lego Movie that leads up to the fireworks show.

Pensacola Beach also presents a dazzling fireworks display every Fourth of July over the Santa Rosa Sound. The beach show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7 - Bands on the Beach
Bring your beach chairs, blankets and boogie shoes to Bands on the Beach at the Pensacola Beach Gulfside Pavilion. The free outdoor summer concert series presents Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8 - Breakfast with the Blues
The early bird gets the blues on Wednesday morning. Visitors are encouraged to eat breakfast on Pensacola Beach and watch for the Blue Angels flying over at 8 a.m. This is the first of four opportunities to see the team perform during the week. All performances are weather permitting.

Thursday, July 9 - Blue Angels Practice Show
The Blue Angels will practice for the Saturday air show at 2 p.m., performing their exhilarating, high-speed stunts and maneuvers over Pensacola Beach and the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, July 10 - Blue Angels Dress Rehearsal
On Friday, the Blues will rehearse with the military and civilian acts that also perform in the Saturday air show. The rehearsal begins at noon, and the Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m.

The 2015 air show line-up includes the Redline Sports Team flying RV-8 speed demons; Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules that flies support for the Blue Angels; Gary Ward flying the MX2, an unlimited aerobatic aircraft that spins and rotates at high speeds; Kevin Coleman flying a one of a kind Extra 300SHP; and Skip Stewart flying Prometheus, a biplane that roars and races.

Saturday, July 11 - Blue Angels Air Show and evening fireworks
The official 2015 Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show begins at noon. The Blues take to the skies at 2 p.m.

After the Blues fly, Red White and Blues Week comes to a close on Saturday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos take on the Montgomery Biscuits at 6:35 p.m. Once the game ends, the Wahoos will put on a magnificent fireworks show over Pensacola Bay.

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About Visit Pensacola
Visit Pensacola leads the effort of economic development through tourism in Escambia County. Comprised of over 200-member businesses, Visit Pensacola’s mission is to position the Pensacola Bay Area as a premier year-round travel destination through tourism marketing, communications, meetings and conventions, reunions and group tour initiatives. For more information about Visit Pensacola, call 1-800-874-1234 (toll-free) or go to visitpensacola.com.

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