NAS Pensacola Open To The Public On Saturday For One Day Only

June 3, 2022

After months of planning and coordination, Naval Air Station Pensacola will allow a one-day public access to the installation on Saturday, June 4.

This one-time access was selected for June 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Midway, a pivotal battle of World War II that occurred from June 4 – 7, 1942.

Public access to NAS Pensacola on June 4 will be available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through the West Gate only on Blue Angel Parkway. All guests 18 and older must have a valid picture ID such as driver’s license or passport. Access will be available dependent on available parking at the museum and lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available. Temporary traffic control points will be located on base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation.

While on the installation, the public will be able to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Fort Barrancas will not be accessible to the public. Access to Barrancas National Cemetery is always available to anyone with family in the cemetery through the Visitor Control Center at the main gate.

The following restrictions will apply:

  • No weapons (firearms/knives) allowed (to include concealed weapon permit holders)
  • No backpacks/coolers allowed (diaper bags or medically required bags are acceptable and subject to search)
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed
  • No drones allowed (countermeasures will be taken)
  • Persons with felony convictions are not authorized base access
  • All vehicles and visitors are subject to security searches and background checks

NAS Pensacola has been closed to the public since a terrorist attack on December 6, 2019.


13 Responses to “NAS Pensacola Open To The Public On Saturday For One Day Only”

  1. Jlb on June 5th, 2022 6:10 pm

    Time to reopen the base…

  2. Chris on June 4th, 2022 4:56 am

    All of this whining about civilians not being able to access NAS Pensacola. The US Navy isn’t your cash cow. There’s an easier way to get there. Get off of your self-entitoed keesters and join the Navy. Some of you sound….take take take and never give. Stop complaining and enjoy the everyday freedom that’s provided to you.

  3. Smh on June 3rd, 2022 9:05 pm

    Didn’t the government let these ppl in service that did that there why is citizens getting treated like we did it? I would think that be the last place a individual would try to mess with.

  4. Buzzkill2022 on June 3rd, 2022 3:31 pm

    As a local I’ve been to the museum several times… Have no interest in the lighthouse. I would like to have access to Barrancas National Cemetery as I’d like to visit the grave of Geronimo’s wife… Don’t have any family buried there so I wouldn’t have access… It’s a bummer but I understand the safety of NAS staff comes first.

  5. tg on June 3rd, 2022 3:04 pm

    One of Pensacola,s biggest tourist draws lets not promote Tourism.

  6. Bewildered on June 3rd, 2022 1:09 pm

    Punishing locals for a Saudi terror attack is like shooting the cat because the dog killed your chickens! Typical government response

  7. retired on June 3rd, 2022 11:59 am

    I would like to be able to go to the cemetary, haven’t been able to go in over a yaer

  8. fisherman on June 3rd, 2022 11:48 am

    The security of NAS is the responsibility of the commander. He alone makes that decision to open or keep it closed with the input from his security team. It’s easy for folks to say open it up for everybody. The security needed to do that isn’t available at this time to accomplish that. The Commander of NAS Pensacola has enough problems without having to worry every day about who’s coming on his base. Opening it up Saturday June 4 is a security staff nightmare and if something terrible happens they will be screaming why did he open it up. The Commander is the boss.

  9. fisherman on June 3rd, 2022 11:35 am

    Totally agree 100% move the west gate back just past the museum that would be cheaper than a new roadway.

  10. No thanks on June 3rd, 2022 10:29 am

    This one-day offer definitely doesn’t feel welcoming to the community that helped make NAS what it is today. I’ll pass.

  11. Karen kendrick on June 3rd, 2022 10:04 am

    Thank-you!! Love to take my grands to see history and have the time to remember what a great country we live in and the sacrifice our military has done for us .8

  12. Keep-Out on June 3rd, 2022 8:52 am

    Keep it closed…. Y’all go to the beach if you’re looking for something to do…. or join the military and have full access.. Otherwise, fence in a roadway to and from the museum only..

  13. joy bryant on June 3rd, 2022 7:21 am

    The base should open like it was-REMEMBER the military brought him in-it was a failure on the feds part not the public
    It is beautiful and visitors always loved it and it was a great money maker -