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Pensacola Beach Air Show

mid July – Pensacola, Florida

top air shows in the USAEvery year the Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, perform for crowds across the country.

But, in the Blue Angels hometown of Pensacola, visitors have the privilege to watch them practise most every week throughout the year and watch three performances in May, July and November. .

The Blue Angels fly up to 700 mph in formation, only a mere 18 inches apart. The thrilling air show and practice is the perfect complement to a vacation to the Pensacola Bay Area.

The Blue Angels got their popular name when in 1946, the year of the team’s birth, one of its members came across the name of a Manhattan nightclub called The Blue Angel in a copy of “The New Yorker”. The team, designated by Adm. Chester Nimitz to be the world’s first military aerial demonstration team, had spent months practicing in secret over the Everglades so if the high-risk endeavor were a failure “only the alligators will know”.

It was anything but a failure, the Blue Angels name stuck, and since that beginning they have performed for more than 420-million people from coast-to-coast and in dozens of foreign countries, ambassadors of American goodwill, aerial expertise, ingenuity and daring.

Since 1954 “the Blues,” as they are affectionately known, have made Naval Air Station Pensacola their home, spending each show season, March until November, flying out of NAS Pensacola and practicing twice weekly in the skies above. The public is always invited. The Blues also fly two formal shows annually in Pensacola, one in July and another to end their season and say farewell before heading for winter quarters in California. In 2011, the Centennial of Naval aviation, the Blues are performing an additional show in May. For Pensacola residents and frequent visitors alike Pensacola has become synonymous with the Blue Angels. In fact, Pensacola’s former mayor, John Fogg, is among the elite Blue Angel alumni. Pensacola residents think of them as family, their jet jockeys in the beautiful blue and gold planes, whose aerial acrobatics and roaring engines that echo off Pensacola Bay recalls not only their pride in them and in their country, but, wherever they may encounter them in America or beyond, reminds them of Pensacola, their home.

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Navajo Nation Fair
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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

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Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

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Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
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Honolulu Marathon

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Indiana State Fair
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Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
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North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
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Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
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