If there was an official start to the summer season, it would be Memorial Day. For millions of Americans, this weekend initiates a reinvigorating new stage. It represents the closing of the early months of the year and the refreshing air of newness that the summer season brings.
If you landed on this page here with us, you are probably already exploring a Memorial Day vacation getaway. There may be no matter better place to do it than the attractive, affordable, and scenic beaches of Panama City Beach.
Stay at any of our top beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City Beach and choose from dozens of events, activities, dining destinations, and ocean sports to celebrate the start of summer.
Memorial Day Weekend Activities
Panama City Beach is your oyster this Memorial Day weekend (May 26th – 28th). You can find several events, thrilling water activities and adventures to enjoy for all skill levels.
Take a trip to Aaron Bessant Park (600 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) for the afternoon and early evening festivities. The park typically features live music, local vendors, and overall 70-acres to walk and explore. It’s a popular hangout throughout the holiday weekend.
Around Memorial Day, several free Panama City Beach summer concert series also start to kick off, including the PCB Summer Concert Series which is held in the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from early June through August.
Get more details on Memorial Day events and the upcoming PCB concert series as the date approaches on the Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation website.
Little Village in Panama City
Head inland to Panama City to explore what Little Village has to offer in the way of Memorial Day things to do. Little Village is located at 2808 W 12th St, Panama City, FL 32401. It is home to some splendid and rustic shops, great local food, and live outdoor music.
On May 27th, KC Phelps is performing in the village. May 29th is a fun and frantic trivia night, and Brian Muth will be following up the festivities on May 30th.
You can grab a delectable Memorial Day lunch at Barefoot Hideaway Grill (15405 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413). The boisterous and colorful deck and the surrounding beach is the perfect backdrop to dine in. The restaurant will be open at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Dine right on the water, with some local music to ring in the season.
Capt. Anderson’s (5551 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408) is ranked as one of the best seafood restaurants from Southern Living. It’s a radiant building with an accomplished menu of fine dining delights. This is another go-to Memorial Day dinner option among several in Panama City Beach that we can inform you about by calling 800-874-2412.
Take a snorkel cruise with an informative local guide with Dolphin and Snorkel Tours (3824 Hatteras Lane, Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, FL). Head out on trips of about 1.5 hours, which leave from the Bay Point Marina. All equipment is included.
You can also rent a jet ski from Emerald Surf WaterSports (20723 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) or take a dolphin-themed cruise with the aptly titled Jet Ski Dolphin Tours (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408).
Both providers deliver the kind of water-bound experience you may want for Memorial Day. But that’s only the beginning. You can parasail the waters with Paradise Watersports (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408) or grab a bike and ride along the shores with Beachside Motorsports (12500 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, FL 32407).
Throw yourself into the celebrations to kick off the summer season. Indulge in the frantic fun of all the many things to do, from shelling along the radiant beaches, listening to talented live musicians, snorkeling through colorful reefs, soaring across the sky in a parasail, or just lounging on the beach outside the best beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City.