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Pensacola to Host Inaugural Navy Days Celebration to Honor Military Heritage

Pensacola proudly announces its inaugural Pensacola Navy Days celebration, scheduled for May 17-19 in Downtown Pensacola. This three-day event aims to honor the valor of past and present military personnel stationed at Naval Aviation Station Pensacola and surrounding military installations.

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Navy Days hopes to reinforce the unbreakable bond between the Pensacola community and our nation’s military heroes. As the cradle of Naval Aviation, Pensacola and its residents hold a deep respect for the military, making this event a cornerstone of local and national pride.

“Pensacola has long stood as a beacon of military pride, tracing back to the founding of the Pensacola Navy Yard by the U.S. Navy in 1825,” said Retired Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella, Chairman of Navy Days. “Navy Days serves as a poignant testament to the deep-seated reverence our community holds for its military service members, their families, and our esteemed veterans.”

Event Highlights:

  • Gallery Night – Friday, May 17, 5 – 9 p.m.  Downtown Pensacola’s popular Gallery Night will be themed for Navy Days/Military Appreciation to honor the men and women serving our country. Wear red, white, and blue and join in the festivities.
  • Navy Days “Night at The Museum” Gala – Friday, May 17, 6:30 – 10 p.m. The National Naval Aviation Museum plays host to this black tie/service mess dress affair featuring special guest speaker Admiral Harry Harris USN (Ret.). Tickets are now available for purchase.
  • Navy Days 4K Run/Walk – Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. This unique 4K (2.4 miles) race starts at Community Maritime Park and loops through Downtown to Veterans Memorial Park and back. Come for the race and stay for the parade! Registration is now open.
  • Navy Days Parade – Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. Gather along Pensacola’s waterfront for this exciting parade featuring military equipment, squadrons, Sailors of the Year, bands, and drill teams, with the support of many of Pensacola’s best Mardi Gras Krewes. The parade starts at Veterans Memorial Park and ends at Community Maritime Park.
  • Navy Days At Community Maritime Park – Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The celebration continues with a day filled with activities for the whole family including a Kids Fun Zone with free activities, food trucks, military vehicles on display, tours of Navy vessels, ROTC demonstrations, and a military/veterans’ fair.
  • Blues on the Bay Concert – Sunday, May 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Pack a cooler and blanket and join us at the Community Maritime Park Amphitheater for a free concert featuring the Modern Eldorados.

“I extend a heartfelt invitation to our military community, residents, and visitors alike, to join us in this new tradition. Let us unite in celebration, honoring the legacy of our military and the resilient spirit of our beloved community,” Kinsella furthered.

Navy Days is open to the public, with lodging specials for out-of-town visitors. For more information on event schedules, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship, please visit pensacolanavydays.com.

Pensacola Navy Days is not just an­ event; it’s a powerful expression of gratitude, a historical homage, and a vibrant celebration of unity. Mark your calendars for May 17-19, 2024, and be a part of history in the making.

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.