Jump into our annual roundup of festive ways across the Grand Strand to celebrate the United States’ 239th birthday, including the annual “Salute From the Shore,” a new memorial addition to Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, Croissants’ annual cupcake-eating contest and fireworks galore.

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McBride back to belt out hits – her own and others’

Catch up with Martina McBride, the petite lady with powerful chops on such songs as “Independence Day,” “Valentine” and “Where Would You Be?” – and other classics she finds “Everlasting” – who is returning Friday for a concert for the second summer in a row at the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach.

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Myrtle Beach native invited to open for McCreery

Stevie Woodward, a singer-songwriter who graduated in 2011 from Myrtle Beach High School, and is a staple on stages locally at places across the Grand Strand, was asked to open for Scotty McCreery for his concert July 10 at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. She also is vying to win a fan-voted contest for a spot to perform at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Sept. 26-27 in Franklin, Tenn.

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Fourth of July events fired up across Strand

Outings across the Grand Strand to celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday are voluminous. They include the sixth annual “Salute from the Shore” flyover, the dedication of a Battle Cross Monument in Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, the 32nd annual Murrells Inlet “Fourth of July Boat Parade,” and Croissants Bistro & Bakery’s fourth annual “Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival.”

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