Pensacola Beach bars and restaurants are gearing up for an unexpected — yet welcome — boost of tourism this weekend as the Blue Angels celebrate their homecoming air show and 75th anniversary on the beach instead of at the Navy base.

“In my opinion, it’s the most spectacular thing that could have happened for us,” said Michael Pinzone, owner of Papa’s Pizza on the Quietwater Beach boardwalk. “My wife and I will probably both have to work making pizzas to help out, but the economic impact will be great for the island, hotels, restaurants, pretty much anywhere on the beach.”

The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November is usually held at Naval Air Station Pensacola, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the base could not host the show in 2021 for the second year in a row. Instead, local officials, Visit Pensacola and Kia Autosport got together to pivot and plan a second beach show.