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Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars

Date: Sept 30, 2022 - Sept 23, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

About the Event

Mississippi Aquarium’s annual fundraiser, Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars is returning to Jones Park in Gulfport on Saturday, September 23, 2023. This free community celebration features food, music, and a one-of-a-kind drone lights and fireworks show! The estimated attendance in Jones Park last year for this event was 10,000+. Additionally, viewing sites popped up across the beach, at local hotels, and restaurants.

If you missed it last year, Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars features drones launched into the darkness above the beautiful Gulf, creating illuminated three-dimensional shapes and characters, such as alligators, dolphins, and turtles. This unique light show is choreographed to a soundtrack of classic and modern favorites.... did we mention fireworks? This year, the fireworks show will be bigger and better!


2023 Hancock Whitney Sea of Stars: VIP Experience

Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available for the VIP Experience at Mississippi Aquarium

Upgrade your experience while supporting education, conservation and community! An adult-only, private event will be held at Mississippi Aquarium on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. VIPs enjoy upscale cocktails, coastal cuisine, animal encounters, and a premier viewing location for the show!

Sponsor and patron party attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Mississippi Aquarium is a 501(C)(3) organization.

For more information about the VIP Experience email Whitney Sumrall,

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2022 Sponsors

Harrison COunty Board of Supervisors
Visit Mississippi
Scarlet Pearl Casino
ABC Rental
Hy Stor Energy

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Mississippi Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a premier institution delivering an awe-inspiring experience that supports animal research and conservation. Mississippi Aquarium is committed to animal welfare and the majesty of the gulf and beyond. The Aquarium sits on 5.8-acres and contains over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants that represent all the physiographic regions of Mississippi.

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