Veterans Day 2022 Events in Bay County: Parades, Ceremonies and More

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BAY COUNTY — Local Veterans have many opportunities for a small thank you in the Panama City and Panama City Beach area for Veterans Day.

Veterans Day, celebrated this year on Friday, honors those who served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Several events are planned in Bay County throughout the week. From parades to ceremonies, here’s a roundup of Veterans Day events in Bay County.

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Veterans Day Illumination Series

Florida State University Panama City will host retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert N. Polumbo as keynote speaker for its series of illuminations in honor of Veterans Day. The event will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the St. Joe Community Foundation Conference Room inside the Holley Academic Center building, 4750 Collegiate Drive.

The event is open to the community in person and virtually via Zoom on fsu.zoom.us/j/91207056466.

Panama City Beach honored members of the armed forces with a Veterans Day parade through Pier Park and a ceremony at Aaron Bessant Park in 2021.

Tribute to Veterans Day

Pirates of the White Sands will hold their second Veterans Day Salute Thursday through Sunday. The main event takes place Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Shore Dogs Grill, 8100 Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach.

An opening ceremony will be held Thursday with dinner and patriotic music at American Charlie, 473 Richard Jackson Blvd. A ride honoring Vietnam veterans will take place Friday at 10 a.m., starting at Buster’s Boardwalk, 5908 Thomas Drive, and stopping at 11 locations in Panama City Beach.

A pizza night and poker race will take place all day Saturday along with games and raffles for a chance to win prizes. The event wraps up Sunday with a closing awards ceremony and live music at the Alibi, 8010 Surf Drive.

All proceeds from this event will help raise funds for the local Homeless Vet Stand Down program.

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Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony and Parade

Panama City Beach is sponsoring its second Veterans Day Friday Ceremony and Sunset Parade at the Veterans Memorial near Aaron Bessant Park, 600 Pier Park Drive. The event begins with a 15-hour parade through downtown Pier Park, which will feature dozens of patriotically decorated golf carts, and American flags will be passed along the parade route.

After the parade, a ceremony will take place at the Veterans’ Memorial.

The 2021 Panama City Veterans Day Parade ended with a service at the Government Center.

This event is free to the public and attendees are encouraged to honor veterans by participating in the parade. The city is asking for vintage golf carts and military vehicles that can transport our veterans. For more details, visit pcbfl.gov.

Bay County Veterans Day Parade

The Bay County Board of Commissioners will partner with the Bay County Board of Veterans Affairs to host the annual Bay County Veterans Day Parade at 9 a.m. Friday in Panama City.

The parade route begins at Frankford Avenue in St. Andrews and heads east along 11th Street to the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St., Panama City. The parade will be followed by a short ceremony at 10:15 a.m.

freedom celebration

The 49th annual Freedom Celebration will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Captain Anderson’s Marina, 5550 N. Lagoon Drive in Panama City Beach. All veterans, retired military, active military and their families will receive a free dolphin encounter with a valid ID. Call to reserve a spot at 850-234-3435.

The Panama City Veterans Day Parade features dozens of patriotic-themed golf carts.

Callaway Veterans Day Parade and Celebration

The City of Callaway will host its 28th annual Veterans Day Parade Friday at 2 p.m. The parade route begins at Berthe Avenue and Cherry Street and will continue west on Cherry Street to the Callaway Assembly of God Church.

Immediately following the parade, a celebration will take place at Veterans Park, 5916 Cherry St., with live patriotic music, free food and drink.

If your group or organization would like to participate, contact the City of Callaway at 850-871-6000.

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