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Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally Rolls into Panama City Beach this Spring for its 26th Spectacular Year

by S. Lynne on April 3rd, 2024
Thunder Beach motorcyle rally biker and his dog in Panama City Beach, Florida
This Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally biker and his dog are all smiles about the semiannual event which draws more-than 60,000 bikers.

The Most Biker-Friendly Free Rally in the U.S.

Thousands of bikers will soon wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida for the Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally 2024. The five-day event runs from May 1-5 and will feature hundreds of vendors and exhibitors in multiple venues. Enjoy interacting with some of the motorcycle industry’s most well-known names. And live entertainment will abound.

Thunder Beach is known as “The Most Biker-Friendly Free Rally in the U.S.” And it’s held along what are often called the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” The rallies attract more-than 60,000 bikers to both the yearly spring event and another held every fall. Most attendees come as much for the camaraderie as the organized activities. There are few entry fees except to some of the bike shows.

“It’s a bond thing,” said one recent visitor, adding he has been riding for more than two decades.

Fun, Games, Parades, Bike Shows, and More will Abound

Couple on a Harley Davidson motorcycle waving as they ride alongside the beach.
This Harley-Davidson-riding couple said they had a blast at a previous Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally.

Fun and games vary from show to show, but always include a kickoff party, bike parades and displays, poker runs, stunt shows, and demo rides. The Miss and Ms Thunder Beach Pageants, the Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show, the Thunder Beach LED Bike Show, and the Baddest Bagger Show are scheduled for the event.

Other activities include a tattoo contest, beauty pageants, fashion shows, food sales, and biker-merchandise sales. The primary venues are Frank Brown Park and Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach. Others include Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant, The Bike RacK restaurant, Hammerhead Fred’s restaurant, Ms. Newby’s and The CrossRoads at Thunder Beach.

The Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade is always a popular event. It was established in 2005 and named in memory of a local police officer killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of bikers participate, and the proceeds (both parade participants and onlookers are encouraged to donate cash and nonperishable food) go to local food banks and families in need.

Panama City Beach the Perfect Setting for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

Panama City Beach averages 320 days of sunshine each year so chances are good the weather will roll out its sunny red carpet.

Some other stats about PCB that make its beautiful shoreline and surrounding area a wonderful backdrop for the rally:

  • The year-round temperature averages 74 degrees.
  • PCB features 27 miles of pristine sugary sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise waters.
  • Gorgeous St. Andrews State Park has been named the #2 Beach in America by Trip Advisor.
  • PCB is in Northwest Florida, less than 100 miles southwest of Tallahassee and 297 miles southwest of Atlanta.
Aerial view of the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida
The Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally draws thousands of visitors to beachside Panama City Beach.

Where To Stay During Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

Check out our Panama City Beach vacation rentals for lots of choices of places to stay. Or call one of our friendly vacation planners seven days a week — including most evenings — at 888-698-1488.

Then make a reservation, pack your bags, kickstart your motorcycle and plan on coming down to the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally Spring 2024 for a great time!


This article was originally written by S. Lynne and updated by BeachGuide staff.

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