A trip to the beach town of Panama City Beach, Florida can be an interesting and refreshing choice for Veterans Day weekend. PCB, as it is called by the locals, is located about halfway between Tallahassee and Pensacola on the Florida panhandle, and is blessed with having summery beach weather for much of the year. November usually falls outside of hurricane season, but be sure to check weather conditions before you visit. PCB's slogan is "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" with good reason - the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico are warm and swimmable, and the soft, pure-white sands will spoil you for life. Visitors often mix up their beach relaxation with adventures like jet skiing, swimming with dolphins, parasailing and snorkeling, all of which are offered year-round here.
Panama City beach celebrates Veterans Day in several ways. Nearby Panama City hosts an annual Veterans Day parade that starts at 9:30 AM, which is popular with locals. The parade features local veteran and military groups, live music from school marching bands, and dancing and other entertainment from various area groups. The entire state of Florida honors Veterans Day by offering free admission to all state parks. This is a great excuse to get in some camping or even some day picnicking or fishing for free. Florida, and the PCB area in particular, is home to many beach-adjacent state parks that offer beautiful camping and recreation facilities. And for military families, or families of veterans, the Lady Anderson Dining Yacht in Panama Beach City offers a free cruise and lunch to veterans, active military members, and their families - a great way to see the area and spend time with loved ones on an important holiday.