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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10

Photo: Peter Mougey's Symphony Sparks & Stars

Woo-wee. Guess who ran the Firecracker 5k this morning? Okay, some of us got a ride halfway through from James at ECSO, but that’s neither here nor there.


Here’s 10 places you won’t need to get a ride halfway through.

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS Thursday, July 4 – people will arrive early. Get there by at least 4 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with a Spectacular Bang in the vibrant City of Pensacola! This year’s fireworks show promises to be an unforgettable and awe-inspiring experience! Join us on July 4th as we gather under the stars for a mesmerizing display of lights, colors, and patriotic spirit. Fireworks start at 9:00 pm on the Pensacola Bayfront
Free and open to the public. Enjoy some fantastic local Food Trucks. Information: pensacolafireworks.com/

SYMPHONY SPARKS & STARS PRESENTED. BY PETER MOUGEY Thursday, July 4 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Peter J. Mougey – Shareholder and Securities and Business attorney with the Levin Papantonio Rafferty – invites you to celebrate our country, community, and military with a FREE public concert performed by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra! Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy this exciting, family-friendly show at the Hunter Amphitheater behind the Blue Wahoos Stadium. More information about this event here: https://www.facebook.com/SymphonySparksAndStars

PENSACOLA BEACH JULY 4TH FIREWORKS Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. Set to coincide with Pensacola Fireworks. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July Fireworks display over the Santa Rosa Sound is set to begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Each year the Beach Chamber fireworks display and the Downtown Pensacola fireworks show create a spectacular dual Independence Day celebration in the sky!

Both fireworks shows will be simulcast live on CatCountry 98.7 radio station. Event-goers are asked to tune into the station starting at 9 p.m. for the singing of the National Anthem, followed by patriotic music to accompany both firework displays.
RED, WHITE & GLOW PARTY AT SEVILLE Thursday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Not your Dad’s Backyard BBQ in End O the Alley starting at 6-8p. We will have the grill fired up as well as Red, White & Beer drink specials including $1 off house wines and draft beers until 8p.
Carry on with your Independence Day celebrations in EOA with a live band 9:30p-1:30a!
Karaoke starts at 8p in Lili’s with a Glow theme to create a unique and fun night to be sure. 4th of July Beer Pong Tournament in Apple Annies with added black light decor to make it a tournament to remember! $10 per team. Sign-up starts at 10p.

The highlight of the night is our Glow Party starting at 9 pm in Phineas Phogg’s dance club!
Featuring DJ Noxious, Glowing Drink specials, midnight “Celebrating in the Glow of Freedom” balloon drop, as well as LED and other glow goodies for sale!
FAMILY NIGHT AT SPLASH CITY Friday, July 5 at 6 p.m. It’s a Fun Family Night at Splash City Adventures Water Park! Enjoy slides and the lazy river after hours from 6 pm – 9 pm. This Friday and then every other Friday throughout the summer! The grill will be fired up for burgers and hot dogs! Watch the sunset while enjoying a refreshing evening with family and friends! $19.99 per person for the entire evening. https://www.facebook.com/splashcityadventure

THE EAST HILLBILLIES LIVE AT THE BURROW Friday, July 5 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE BIERGARTEN with live music every first Friday of the month! This is a FREE SHOW. Go enjoy the incredible sounds of The East Hillbillies live at The Burrow! For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/TheBurrowbyOC

PALAFOX MARKET Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Two locations at Martin Luther King Plaza and Plaza Ferdinand in downtown Pensacola. Trolleys run between both locations. Come for snacks, people-watching, or shopping – it’s the place to be in Pensacola on Saturday mornings. There’s everything from tamales to homemade baked goods to farm fresh produce and honey.

NICK ANDREWS LIVE AT THE GRAND MARLIN on Saturday, July 6 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach. Enjoy great views, great food, and live music. Nick Andrews is a vocalist, guitarist, and pianist based out of Pensacola. More on Nick here: NICK ANDREWS

MODERN ELDORADOS Saturday, July 6 from 8 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. at Paddy O’Leary’s on Pensacola Beach. Join Gretsch and The Modern Eldorados for fun, music, drink, and dance on the beach over the Independence Day weekend! Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub
49 Via de Luna Drive. www.TheModernEldorados.com

THE GILLS, HANDGUN, & MELODIOUS ALLEN Sunday, July 7 at 12 p.m. at The Handlebar. Throw it back with Pensacola’s favorite The Gills. This Matinee show is a great week to close out the July 4th weekend. Gather your friends, plan on a Sauce Boss burger from the food truck, and listen to some great music.


This weekend The Dog House is celebrating freedom with our red, white, and Blue Angels! 🇺🇸

🙌 Pre-game for your weekend festivities with us at the Dog House Downtown.

📍Located at 30 S Palafox, we’ve got inside/outside seating, a full bar, and the all-time American menu.

Open Thursday 11 AM – 6 PM, Friday & Saturday 8 AM – 9 PM!

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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.