The 2020 Pensacola Beach Airshow has been canceled.
With COVID-19/coronavirus cases surging to record highs in the state, the US Navy Blue Angels informed the show organizers, the Santa Rosa Island Authority, that they would not support the event. Although several other civilian performers were still booked, the SRIA subsequently decided to cancel the entire event. July 4th fireworks in the city have also been canceled in light of the recent surge.
The show plan was already significantly altered this year in light of the virus. The traditional performance by the Blue Angels was swapped for non-aerobatic flybys which allowed them to cover vastly more coastline. The hope was that spectators would spread out instead of crowding into one center area. They also scheduled flyovers on multiple days to further thin the crowds.
The Blue Angels are still scheduled to perform a flyover of Mount Rushmore this Friday evening for Independence Day celebrations there.
Organizers say the show will return on July 9th and 10th of 2021.
Meanwhile, the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow in Texas is still on track for this Saturday. That show is a bit unusual because it is flown over a lake with highly restricted public access and minimal opportunity for crowds. However, cases are surging in Texas as well and the state has partially rolled back their reopening plan in recent days. If the show does happen, viewers will be able to watch a livestream of the event through LiveAirshowTV.