The Grand Strand always gets up for Independence Day, on and off the Earth, with an armada of activities in which to indulge.
The eighth annual “Salute From the Shore” will fly southwestward on July 4 along the entire S.C. coast, and everybody is asked to line the beaches, wave flags, and wear –and decorate in – red, white and blue, for the passing air fleet. Personnel in aircraft also will take photos and video from their heights – and beachgoers are invited to do the same from the sands and boats – for posting on salutefromtheshore.org and other social media channels.
The flyover will take off near the N.C. state line, going by Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach at 1 p.m., led by F-16 jets from 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, said Andy Folsom, president of the “Salute” coordinators. He said the other contingent, with a C-17 transport plane from Joint Base Charleston and a group of vintage military aircraft, will follow at a slower pace.
The blazing speed F-16s and the slower planes are projected to head by Myrtle Beach at 1:03 and 1:06 p.m., respectively, and Pawleys Island 1:06 and 1:10, down to Hilton Head Island at 1:31 and 1:55. Bear in mind that weather and wind conditions could alter the schedule slightly.
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Folsom said like always, “as many vintage planes are possible” are sought for the entourage, and patience for their concluding part flyover is requested from everyone beachside, because older aircraft have their own set of “mechanical issues” to address for ensuring safe passages on these journeys. Get more details from Folsom at 803-331-8881, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marches across city meet at Horseshoe
The American Legion Post 186, in Little River, has stepped up to plan its ninth annual “American Pride March,” on July 4. From two parts of North Myrtle Beach, volunteers will carry U.S., S.C. and POW-MIA flags in parades on Ocean Boulevard at 11 a.m., meeting at 1 p.m. at the city’s Horseshoe, at Main Street, for a flag-raising ceremony with service personnel, veterans and Sons of the American Revolution, and a prayer. This convergence also is timed for the viewing of “Salute From the Shore.”
George O’Neill, a coordinator of the march, said 48 teams with three people each will take turns carrying and relaying the flags in half-mile increments for 4 miles – 24 trios heading south from 60th Avenue North, and the other heading north from Ocean Creek Resort, on the city’s southern end.
Each team’s shift takes about 12 minutes, said O’Neill, who lives in Longs and loves helping orchestrate these walks so the timing of both wings walking works out to meet in the middle. He said a rehearsal will play out this weekend at the Legion post, where participants also will be shown video shot the previous year of both legs of the walk culminating in the ceremony.
O’Neill said people who turn out to watch the march acknowledge their respect for our nation and its defenders in multiple ways, such as by removing one’s hat, putting a hand on one’s heart, saluting military style – reflections made by veterans in the crowd – and cheering.
Having lent his feet for two previous years’ walks, O’Neill, said at age 72, he also appreciates chronicling sights and sounds of the marches.
“That way, I can do the video,” he said, also eager to help coordinate, among the North Myrtle Beach Lions Club, the city’s annual “9-11 Candlelight Vigil,” for which the first planning meeting will be in July.
Reach O’Neill at 843-399-1111 or 843-503-3062; or Matt Davis at 843-333-5157, or email email@example.com.
Patriotic concert finds place in local tradition
The Myrtle Beach Wesley Chancel Choir will have its third annual “American Celebration Concert,” 4 p.m. July 2 at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, with free admission (843-448-7164 or www.fumcmb.org).
The director, Norman McQueen, said he and another local musician, Ann Miles, came up with this “community style” patriotic concert, begun by “borrowing music from other churches, some local schools, and the Coastal Carolina University Music Department,” and with about 35 people taking part.
Since that time,, he said, other local musicians have asked, or been invited, to join these concerts, “and we have added music to the repertoire and continued to seek to put on a program that celebrates the freedoms we share.”
McQueen, the program administrator for Horry County Schools’ Scholars Academy, in Conway, said all the performers do their homework for this show, in six weekly rehearsals.
“Part of the appeal of the concerts,” he said, “is there is probably not a song that most people haven’t heard at some time in their lives.”
The choir – in red, white and blue attire – accents American folk songs, such as “Red River Valley,” which McQueen said he knew that number from his roots in Louisiana.
A sing-along that includes “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “This Is My Country” and “America,” provides another way for the audience to “enjoy the freedoms we celebrate together,” McQueen said.
A former high school choir teacher, McQueen also stressed the camaraderie of the “us” in the word chorus.
“It’s all of us together,” he said, “doing something for the greater good.”
Events roundup flies, sails, sings
Horry and Georgetown counties
Eighth annual “Salute From the Shore,” with flyover of F-16 jets from 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, as well as vintage military aircraft, along Atlantic Ocean coast from Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach at 1 p.m. July 4, southwest to Hilton Head Island within an hour. Everyone’s asked to line beaches, wave flags, and wear – and decorate in – red, white and blue. 803-331-8881, salutefromtheshore.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ “Independence Saturday Celebration,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 1, including music noon-5 p.m. by Larry Stevens, and Mike Monetti, at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. $5; also, bring two canned/dry good items for food bank, for $3 discount. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.
▪ Annual “Conway Riverfest,” 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 1 – including fireworks at 9:30 p.m. – in Conway’s Riverfront Park, at end of Elm Street, and on Marina Drive. Free admission for Marina Drive activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and $5 ages 13 and older, otherwise free, for Riverfront Park area, 3-10 p.m., with hand stamps available for re-entry. 843-248-2273 or www.conwayriverfest.com.
▪ Annual “Independence Day Celebration,” benefiting ALS Association S.C. Chapter (803-851-3233 or websc.alsa.org), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1 at Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Highway, just south of Myrtle Beach city limits and Seagate Village neighborhood. Free, including music by Backfire, and performances by Bryan Dangerous. 843-369-5555 or www.myrtlebeachharley.com.
▪ “The Declaration of Independence” lecture, with Christopher Boyle, 1 p.m. July 1 at Horry County Museum, 805 Main St., Conway. Free. 843-915-5320 or www.horrycountymuseum.org.
▪ Third annual “American Celebration Concert,” by Myrtle Beach Wesley Chancel Choir, 4 p.m. July 2 at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-448-7164 or www.fumcmb.org.
▪ Festival Promotions’ annual “Independence Day 8k/5k/1-mile” runs, 7:30 a.m. July 4 from Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common. 8k for $37 by July 3, otherwise $40 race day on site. Also: 5k ($33 and $45, respectively) and 1 mile ($17 or $20). 843-267-7443 or www.myrtlebeachfestivalpromotions.com/independence-day-8k/.
▪ Barefoot Resort Golf Cart Parade, July 4, lining up 8:30 a.m. at residents’ club, 3100 Marsh Glen Drive, near North Myrtle Beach. 714-727-6445, or email Cfillian@aol.com.
▪ Ninth annual “American Pride March,” July 4, from two parts of North Myrtle Beach, on Ocean Boulevard – from 60th Avenue North and from the south at Ocean Creek Resort, meeting at 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe, at Main Street, for a flag-raising ceremony with active-duty military, veterans and Sons of the American Revolution, and a prayer – and timed to allow viewing of “Salute From the Show” flyover (information nearby in this column). Reach George O’Neill at 843-399-1111 or 843-503-3062; or Matt Davis at 843-333-5157, or email email@example.com.
▪ Annual Garden City Beach Golf Cart Parade, 2 p.m. July 4, with lineup at 1 p.m. using same route as in previous years, going from parking lot behind Willard’s Fireworks, 2021 U.S. 17 Business, then heading east on Calhoun Drive, then left (north) on North Dogwood Drive, and west (left) on Woodland Drive. 843-340-5835 or www.facebook.com/Gardencitygolfcartparade/.
▪ Croissants Bistro & Bakery’s sixth annual “Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest” and festival, 2-5 p.m. July 4, at Croissants at the Grand Dunes, 8014 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach – with contest at 4 p.m., for adults, given five minutes to eat as many cupcakes as they can, for $500 cash top prize – the 2016 winner, Joseph Menchetti, consumed 33 cupcakes – enter croissants.net/2017-cupcake-contest/. More details from Criossants, based at 3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, at 38th Avenue North, at 843-448-2253.
▪ Annual Fourth of July dinner cruise, with barbecue meal, on Barefoot Princess Riverboat, 6-8 p.m. July 4 from Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. $43 ages 10 and older, $25 ages 2-9, and free for lap children, ages 1 and younger. 843-272-2140, 843-272-6796 or mbriverboat.com.
▪ Town of Surfside Beach annual Fourth of July Celebration, 6-10 p.m. July 4, including “Garth & Friends” tribute show, at Surfside Beach Pier, 11 N. Ocean Blvd., at Surfside Drive. Free. 843-650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
▪ “Independence Day Celebration,” by Myrtle Beach Pelicans – 2015-16 Carolina League Mills Cup champions, in third year as Class A-Advanced affiliate of Chicago Cubs – with opener of three-game homestand against Buies Creek (N.C.) Astros – a Houston Astros affiliate – 7:05 p.m. July 4, with fireworks afterward, at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, with parking lot entry from Robert M. Grissom Parkway. $9, $11 or $13 advance – and $2 more on game day. Also, $3 discount for military, with ID. 843-918-6000, 877-918-8499 or www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com.
▪ Fireworks displays – 10 p.m. June 30 and July 4 at Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Robert M. Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach (843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com); 9:30 p.m. July 3-4 at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (843-272-8349 or www.bflanding.com); 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach (nnb.us); and 10 p.m. July 4 off Second Avenue (North) Pier, as part of annual “Hot Summer Nights,” by Oceanfront Merchants Association (www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com).
▪ 51st annual Fourth of July Parade in Pawleys Island, 10 a.m.-noon July 4. Details from town hall, 321 Myrtle Ave. Float entry $15 advance, $20 parade day. 843-237-1698 or www.townofpawleysisland.com.
▪ 34th annual Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade – in “Rockin’ in the USA” theme and in memory of Bob Hendrick, a co-founder – 4 p.m. July 4, sailing south from Garden City Beach Point to Morse Park Landing. Free to see; $5 entry per boat with forms available at Garden City Realty (608 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, 843-651-0900, 866-427-7253, or www.gardencityrealty.com); Booty’s Outdoors (3908 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2593 or bootysoutdoors.com); and Marlin Quay Marina, 1508 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, 843-651-4444, or www.marlinquaymarina.com) – more details from Lee Hewitt at 843-652-4236. Also, fireworks 10-10:20 p.m. July 4 from MarshWalk area, on U.S. 17 Business; and “Inlet Cleanup,” for which volunteers are sought (www.marshwalk.com)– Meet July 5 at Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group office, 4124 U.S. 17 Business (843-357-2007 or murrellsinletsc.com).
▪ Seventh annual “Pawleys Island Fourth of July Evening Celebration,” with Pawleys Island Concert Band (843-274-5991 or www.pawleysislandconcertband.org), 6-8 p.m. July 4 in Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Parish Life Center, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island. Free. 843-235-9931.
▪ 21st annual Independence Day Concert by Indigo Choral Society, 7-8:30 p.m. July 4, in “Made in the Shade” concert series, on Kaminski House Museum lawn, 1003 Front St., Georgetown, for free (843-546-7706 or www.kaminskimuseum.org, and www.indigochoral.com), before Georgetown city fireworks, 9 p.m. downtown over Winyah Bay (www.historicgeorgetownsc.com). In case of rain, concert moves to Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St.
▪ Annual “Fourth of July Celebration at the Old Bridge,” 9 a.m. July 4 at Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, with everyone of any age invited to join parade with decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, strollers or sneakers to roll or walk across Old Bridge; then after parade, take part in contests and activities. Free. 910-363-6585 or www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.
▪ Annual N.C. Fourth of July Festival, in downtown Southport, including “Letters from Home” Salute to Veterans concert, 6 p.m. July 2 in Southport Community Building (For reserved seating for Korean veterans: 910-527-5132, or email firstname.lastname@example.org); and on July 4: parade 11 a.m., from Moore and Howe streets (and later shown 8 p.m. on WECT-TV 6 of Wilmington – www.wect.com), “Shine & Show Classic Cars,” by Cape Fear Cruisers club, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Bay Street, by Waterfront Park (register at 910-471-0771, or email email@example.com); Cape Fear Yacht Club Commodores Regatta, 2 p.m. (free registration form at capefearyachtclub.com/sailing); and fireworks, 9 p.m. 910-457-5578 or www.nc4thofjuly.com.
Easy escapes – north and south
▪ Thalian Association Community Theatre’s “Mister Roberts,” on Battleship North Carolina – at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C. – opening 7 p.m. July 4, for $50 adults and $25 children, including viewing of city fireworks display afterward; then 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through July 23, for $30 adults, $25 seniors, and $15 children and military and veterans; and group rates for 12 or more. Buy tickets at www.etix.com/ticket/v/12085/uss-north-carolina-. More details from host site – 910-251-5797 or www.battleshipnc.com, and thalian.org.
▪ Third annual “Stars & Guitars,” July 2, with Runaway June and Midland at 6 p.m., and Trace Adkins 8 p.m., at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, less than a mile west from U.S. 17. Tickets for ages 9 and older: $43.73 general admission advance at www.citypapertickets.com/events/43540950/wezl-stars-amp-guitars or $50 at gate, and $134 VIP advance, if still available; and free ages 8 and younger. Host site: 843-884-4371 or www.boonehallplantation.com/special-events/stars-and-guitars/
▪ View Charleston’s Fourth of July fireworks display, from aboard USS Yorktown, July 4, with flight deck opening at 6 p.m. at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $40 – if still available, sold only at:www.patriotspoint.org/fireworks – plus $10 parking on this day only. 843-884-2727.
PBS stations air ‘A Capitol Fourth’
WHAT, WHEN,WHO AND WHERE: 37th annual “A Capitol Fourth” live from U.S. Capitol west lawn in Washington, D.C., 8-9:30 p.m. July 4, with replay afterward, on PBS: including ETV outlets WHMC-TV 23 of Conway and WITV-TV 7 of Charleston, and WUNJ-TV 39 of Wilmington, N.C. (www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/home/)
WITH: John Stamos, host, with Trace Adkins, the Beach Boys (led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston), Chris Blue, Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, with Sam Moore), Sofia Carson, the Four Tops (including Abdul “Duke” Fakir, last surviving founding member), National Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Jack Everly, as well as U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Army Band – “Pershing’s Own,” Army Presidential Salute Battery, and Choral Arts Society of Washington.
Contact Steve Palisin at 843-444-1764.