New Year’s Eve celebrations in Gulf County

Gulf County will have a lot going on this New Year’s Eve. Looking for somewhere to ring in 2023? Check out the list below.

NYE fireworks

Weather permitting, fireworks will be over St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe starting at 10:00 p.m. EST on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks should be visible from downtown Port St. Joe and from George Core Park.

NYE parties

Tap Root PSJ is hosting “The Best New Year on the Coast,” with live music by Flabbergasted, a champagne toast at midnight, a photo booth, drink specials and more.

Lookout Lounge & Package is hosting a New Year’s Eve Karaoke Party — come dressed as your favorite singer, wear all the sparkly things or dress like a pirate.

Haughty Heron will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with live music by the Hunter Wall Band starting at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Scallop RePUBlic will have live music by four different artists from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be a free midnight toast and no cover charge.

St. Joe Bar & Package is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party — College Football Playoffs and DJ Dougie D from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. EST.

Provisions will have a Special NYE Menu with seatings at 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. EST. Reach out to them to reserve.

The Brick Wall Sports Bar & Grille is hosting a “College Football Playoff/New Years’ Day Party.” After the games, the real party starts. Put on your best ‘80s or ‘90s outfits and join them for a night of fun, dancing, drink specials and more.

Polar Plunge

Join friends and neighbors on Jaun. 1 at 10 a.m. EST for the annual Cape San Blas Polar Plunge at Cape Palms Park. Participants will run into the chilly waters of the Gulf to kick off 2023. Donuts and coffee will be provided by Scallop Cove. 

First Day Hike

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Join park staff as they venture through three distinct natural communities on the scenic half-mile Maritime Hammock Trail. Enjoy views of St. Joseph Bay and the diversity of plants and wildlife along the way. Hike begins at 10 a.m. EST and is free with regular park entry.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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