Broadway at the Beach adds more fireworks shows this summer

dbryant@thesunnews.comApril 26, 2013 

Broadway at the Beach is adding eight shows on Friday night to its popular summer lineup of fireworks displays.

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— Folks will have even more chances to catch the popular fireworks shows this summer at Broadway at the Beach.

The entertainment complex, which has long had fireworks shows on Tuesday nights during the summer, has added eight more shows this summer on Friday nights.

The shows will start at 10 p.m. Fridays starting June 21 through Aug. 16 (except on July 5, the day after the usually fireworks-heavy holiday of July Fourth).

The Tuesday night shows run every week from May 28 through Aug. 27.

All the fireworks shows at Broadway this summer are likely to have a new flair thanks to a new provider, Pyrotecnico, which has designed fireworks shows for more than 120 years and produces about 2,000 shows a year.

The Broadway shows this year will be choreographed to different types of music and themes, including Movie Night, ‘80s night, Star Wars, Rock through the Ages and Top 40.

“The summer fireworks extravaganzas have always been considered one of the most popular events to take place at Broadway at the Beach,” Melissa Armstrong, Broadway’s marketing assistant, said in a news release. “So it made perfect sense to add another night to the mix, as well as have a variety of musically choreographed shows. These will give our guests additional opportunities to see spectacular displays throughout the summer.”

Broadway isn’t the only place folks can catch fireworks shows each week during the summer.

Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach has shows at 10:15 p.m. Mondays, from June 3 through Aug. 31. Downtown Myrtle Beach has fireworks shows at 10 p.m. Wednesdays off Second Avenue Pier starting June 5. The shows this summer downtown are starting a bit later in the evening than they have in previous years.

Then there are the holiday displays along the Grand Strand for July Fourth and other special events.

The shows are popular and regularly draw thousands of spectators, organizers say.

“They are huge for us,” said Kim Kelley, marketing director at Barefoot Landing, which recently was bought by Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which also owns Broadway at the Beach and other properties along the Grand Strand. “We can always count on people hitting here Monday nights then do the whole circuit [the next two nights].”

The Wednesday night fireworks shows in downtown Myrtle Beach are huge, in part because spectators like to see the fireworks reflecting on the ocean, said Chris Walker, president of the Oceanfront Merchants Association.

“It has broad appeal to just about everybody,” he said.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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