While the commonality between a giant Waterford Crystal and an 800-pound beach ball is not obvious, the season offers a clue. On December 31, New Year's 2015 will be ushered in by traditional countdown "drops" across the nation. Just as New York City has its Times Square Crystal Ball, Panama City Beach in Northwest FL will embrace its seaside roots with the fourth annual Panama City Beach, Beach Ball Drop. Panama City Beach's Beach Ball Drop event represents what the destination is all about -- white sand beaches, family togetherness and just plain fun.
600 Pier Park Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
"Last year's Beach Ball Drop attracted 12,000 visitors, and we're expecting that number to grow this year," said Dan Rowe, president and CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The destination is in a celebratory mood in anticipation of the New Year as it will bring exciting new developments our way."
In addition to the highly-anticipated beach ball drop, guests will enjoy live musical performances and a majestic midnight fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.
At 8:15 p.m., the official Countdown Celebration will begin with a live musical performance by Loud Planet. Then, at 10 p.m., event headliner, Celebrity AllStars will perform mix of current Top 40 hits and classic rock favorites.
Just before midnight, the crowd will countdown to 2015 as an 800 pound lighted beach ball descends nearly 100 feet followed by a second fireworks display.
5:30 p.m.: Event Begins
5:45 p.m.: Barry Fish Band Performs on the Main Stage
7:30 p.m.: DJ Alex Angelo Performs under the Beach Balls
8:00 p.m.: 10,000 Beach Balls Drop on Pier Park Drive and first firework show begins
8:10 p.m.: Loud Planet performs on the Main Stage
9:40 p.m: Performance Artist Tim Gagnon performs on the Main Stage
10:00 p.m.: Celebrity AllStars perform on the Main Stage
12:00 p.m.: Countdown to midnight with the decent of an 800 pound beach ball and fireworks.