Where you can ring in 2018 on the Gulf Coast

Photo: MGN

It's the last full week of 2017! New Year's Eve is Sunday and there are plenty of places to welcome 2018.


The Pensacola Pelican Drop is happening - but with a new location and a new time.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are hosting a family-friendly version of the event at the Wahoo's stadium. It's called Kazoo's New Year's Celebration.

There will be live entertainment, concessions, and fireworks!

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Folks can bring in the new year at the beach, too!

The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fireworks display.

It's happening at 8 p.m. along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk over the Santa Rosa Sound.

Explore Pensacola Beach is also holding New Year's Eve Fireworks display on Pensacola Beach to celebrate all of 2017 and the new beginnings of 2018!

The first show is at 8:00 p.m. and a second show will begin at midnight for the ball drop.


If you're over in Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach will also have a big New Year's Eve celebration.

The celebration starts at 7 p.m. at The Landing.

Free shuttles will take people from the following locations:

  • The boardwalk on Okaloosa Island
  • Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway
  • City Hall on Miracle Strip Parkway

The shuttles will run until 2 a.m.


In Destin, Harbor Walk Village will host its 10th Annual Ball Drop!

You can say hello to 2018 in style with two fireworks shows.

One will be at 8 p.m. and the other will start at midnight.


Over in Alabama, people in downtown Mobile will gather to watch the MoonPie Drop!

There will be a second-line parade, a resolution wall, and live entertainment.

Check out the City of Mobile's New Year's Eve timeline:

  • 6:30 PM The New Year’s Eve Mystic Society Parade (Route pictured) The parade will start on Claiborne St. at Civic Center Dr. and travel north on Claiborne St. to Government St.; east on Government St. to Royal St.; north on Royal St. to St. Louis St.; west on St. Louis St. to Claiborne St.; south on Claiborne back to Civic Center Dr. and disband.
  • 6:30 PM New Year's Eve Mystic Society presents New Year's Eve Parade Mardi Gras Style First Line
  • 8 PM Beer Garden Opens inside of Bienville Square
  • 8:30 PM Cutting of the world largest MoonPie in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.
  • 9 PM The Secondline Parade from the Riverview Plaza Courtyard on Royal St. at Conti St. to the main stage.
  • 9:30 PM Remarks from Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Councilman Fred Richardson, etc.
  • 9:30 PM The band Springs will perform on the main stage.
  • 10:30 PM George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic will perform on the main stage.11:30 PM The light show will begin around the downtown area. George Clinton will continue to perform as the lights show display on top of the RSA Battle House Tower and the Renaissance Riverview Plaza put on its spectacle light show for the crowd.
  • 11:59 PM the countdown starts as the giant 600 Pound MoonPie descends from atop of the RSA Trustmark Building to welcome in 2018.

You can send us photos of you and your family and friends ringing in the New Year to Channel 3 News by clicking here or text 'weartv' to 95577.

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