Gulf County preps for Fourth of July

There will be no shortage of festivities for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend in Gulf County and surrounding areas.

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Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival

The festivities will get started on Sunday, July 3, with the  sixth annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival. The Festival will include music by The Hunter Wall Band, the first Annual Sea Creature Parade at the Festival site, food trucks, turtle talks, educational displays, arts and crafts vendors, and activities for kids.

The Festival is free to attendees and will take place rain or shine at George Core Park in Port St. Joe from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Sandy Shoes 5k Run

All ages are invited to participate in this family-friendly race, which will kick off at 7 a.m. CDT on July 4 at Under the Palms Park in Mexico Beach. A very easy course that will allow any stage of runner to enjoy. Runners will start and end at the same location, with water stations along the road to route runners through the course. Spirited volunteers and onlookers will be cheering on each racer as they cross the finish line.

This is a non-chipped, non-official timed race. All runners will be responsible for capturing his/her own time. A race clock will be provided, displayed and visible to all runners as they cross the finish line.

 Park. Registration fee includes race bib and t-shirt. Registration will close on June 24. There will be no day of race registration.  To register, click here.

City of Port St. Joe Fireworks Display

The Gulf County TDC and The City of Port St Joe will be putting on a spectacular firework celebration at 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 4.  The show will be visible from the Port St. Joe downtown area and the George Core Park area.

City of Wewahitchka Fireworks Display

The Gulf County TDC and The City of Wewahitchka will be putting on a spectacular firework celebration at Lake Alice Park on July 4. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at dark.

City of Mexico Beach Fireworks Display

Mexico Beach’s  Blast on the Beach Firework Show will begin around 8:30 p.m. CDT. This show can be seen throughout the entire city, and it will be one show you will not want to miss. 

For those who will be enjoying the show on the beach, the city asks that they be mindful of their “Leave No Trace” ordinance that states all personal belonging must be taken off the beach when beachgoers leave for the day.


Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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