Pensacola Beach Air Show Pensacola FL
Spectators look forward to the Pensacola Beach Air Show year after year, as aviators take to the skies for a daring performance high above the pristine Florida coastline.
The thrilling show features crowd-pleasing civilian acts – but undoubtedly the biggest draw comes in the form of the “Blue Angels” – officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – who perform for crowds around the world, but call Pensacola home.
“The Blues” perform dazzling stunts and formation flights, reaching speeds of up to 700 MPH as they fly a mere 18 inches apart. Pensacola residents are treated to practice flights throughout the year, but the annual summertime show is where they really shine.
“The air show gives back to our citizens,” says Robbie Schrock, Director of Administration for the Santa Rosa Island Authority, who helps coordinate and promote the event. “It is a wonderful patriotic week and weekend that the residents and tourists can enjoy alongside the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.”
She’s referring to Visit Pensacola Beach’s “Red, White & Blues Week,” which kicks off with a dazzling fireworks display over the Santa Rosa Sound and culminates with the Blue Angels zooming above the beach.
“It means so much that we have the Blue Angels back. Seeing them fly over our beach ball is going to be breathtaking no doubt,” Schrock says. “All the beach businesses are geared up and ready for a very busy, fun-filled week.”
If you have plans to be on Pensacola Beach around the Fourth of July, you are in for an unforgettable performance. Although the show itself takes place the following weekend, a weeklong celebration builds anticipation.
“My favorite thing about the Pensacola Beach Air Show is seeing how this community truly comes together … there is a real sense of camaraderie for this event,” Schrock says. “The SRIA works months in preparation for this amazing event, and seeing the end result of the hard work makes it so worthwhile.”
To prepare for the show in the sky, pack sunscreen, a picnic lunch – and a dollar for the tollbooth!
(And be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms.)
– Ashley Kahn Salley
Lead Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels