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2025 Jacksonville Air Show Cancelled After Blue Angels Walk Out

By meerna Jul11,2024
2025 Jacksonville Air Show Cancelled After Blue Angels Walk Out

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Founded in April 1946 at NAS Jacksonville, the Blue Angels have been a fixture at air shows in Jacksonville and across the United States for decades, beginning with their first public performance at Craig Field in Jacksonville on June 15, 1946.

This year, the U.S. Navy’s Air Demonstration Team will fly F/A-18E/F Super Hornets at the NAS Jax Air Show, October 19-20 at NAS Jacksonville.

But next year the Blue Angels won’t be flying over Jacksonville.

The Blue Angels’ 2025 schedule, released late last year, did not include the Sea & Sky Air Show in Jacksonville, which alternates with the NAS JAX Air Show.

Without Blue Angels, city cancels 2025 Jacksonville Beach Air Show

And without the Blue Angels, there will be no local air show in 2025.

“I am very disappointed to hear that the City of Jacksonville will not be hosting the 2025 Jacksonville Beach Air Show. It is always a wonderful event and our residents love celebrating our military and enjoying a weekend of performances and patriotic displays,” Jacksonville Beach Mayor Christine Hoffman said in a statement to Times-Union news partner First Coast News. “We look forward to working with the City of Jacksonville to resume the event as soon as possible.”

The Jacksonville Sports & Entertainment Bureau is hosting the Sea & Sky Air Show on the beaches.

“The Blue Angels selected another city within our expected time frame,” a city spokesperson told First Coast News.

Instead, the Blue Angels will perform at the Florida International Air Show in Punta Gorda, Florida, this weekend.

“In early 2025, we will submit applications for Blue Angels and civilian pilots to participate in the Sea and Sky 2027 air show,” a city spokesman said.

The air show is one of the biggest annual events in the city.

More than 350,000 people attended the two-day air show at NAS Jacksonville in 2022, a new record, according to Ron Williamson, base historian.

Attendance figures for the 2023 Beaches airshow are not yet available.

Barring cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid concerns, no show in 2025 will mark the first time since 2013 that the city has not hosted an air show. The planned November show was canceled in April, two days after the Blue Angels canceled the team’s remaining 33 shows this year following automatic budget cuts.

In 1999, a scheduled Blue Angels performance was abruptly canceled after the band’s two pilots were killed in a crash in southern Georgia near Moody Air Force Base a week earlier.

Where to watch the Blue Angels in Florida in 2025

In 2025, the Blue Angels will play six concerts in Florida:

  • March 29-30: NAS Key West
  • April 5-6: Lakeland
  • May 10-11: Ft. Lauderdale Beach
  • July 12: Pensacola Beach
  • November 1-2: Punta Gorda
  • November 7-8: NAS Pensacola

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