The official 238th birthday party for the United States of America doesn’t fire up for another week, but festivities get under way this weekend.
Conway Chamber of Commerce’s Riverfest has remained a rite of summer for more than three decades in Horry County’s seat, and always the weekend before Independence Day, so 2014 is no exception, with a day of activities downtown, in and by the city’s Riverfront Park, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Sea Notes Choral Society will perform its “To Those Who Serve” patriotic concert twice this weekend: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are out of town for a week starting July 4, but the Carolina League playoff-bound baseball team will celebrate Independence Day a tad early with post-game fireworks July 2-3 after playing the Winston-Salem Dash.
So, for anyone who wants a jump start on Fourth of July fun, batter up!
Celebrate Independence Day
ANNUAL CONWAY ‘RIVERFEST’
By | Conway Chamber of Commerce
When | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday in Conway’s Riverfront Park, at the end of Elm Street, and on Marina Drive
Events include |• Golf-cart parade in patriotic colors, 11:15 a.m. on Second Avenue to Marina Drive and Riverfront Park and back, with awards (Liberty Bell Award for most original golf cart, Yankee Doodle for most spirited golf cart, Stars & Stripes for most patriotic, and Statue of Liberty for overall winner) at noon in front of Old Horry County Courthouse, 1201 Third Ave.; entry form required, but free, and with no drivers younger than 17.
• Kids Zone, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Conway Tennis Center parking lot, including annual “Jell-O Jump,” bouncy castles and water activities.
• Food and beer garden, 3-10:30 p.m in Riverfront Park, with Better Brands Beer products.
• Artisan market and Santee Cooper Business Expo, 11 a.m.-7 p.m on Marina Drive.
• Bass tournament by Conway Bass Masters Club, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. from Bucksport Marina, with weigh-in at 4 p.m. at marina; entry fee $120 per two-person team; first place wins a $1,400 prize (based on 50-boat participation).
• Patriotic Lighted Boat Parade, 8:30 p.m. on Waccamaw River; entry form required, but free, with prizes for most creative, patriotic and spirited.
• Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Scheduled entertainment | On stages:• On Marina Drive – Opening ceremonies and national anthen at 11:15 a.m., Miss Kathleen’s Voice School 11:30 p.m., Tumblers 12:30 p.m., Bucksport Gospel Choir 1 p.m., a contemporary Christian band at 2 p.m., and The Spots 4:30 p.m.
• In Riverfront Park – Dustin Martin Band 3:30 p.m., Tastes Like Chicken 5:15 p.m., On the Border (Eagles tribute band) 7:15 p.m., and Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute) 9:30 p.m.
How much |• Free for Marina Drive activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
• $5 ages 13 and older, otherwise free, for Riverfront Park area, 3-11 p.m., with hand stamps available for re-entry.
Also |• Blankets and lawn chairs permitted for band and fireworks viewing.
• Public golf carts, bicycles, coolers and skateboards are not permitted in festival area.
Information | Details at 248-2273 or www.riverfestconwaysc.com
What | Part of annual “SummerFest” of events spread across each week
When | 10:15 p.m Mondays through August, and on July 4
Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach
How much | Free
Also | Summerfest events 7-11 p.m. daily through Aug. 30, including boardwalk entertainers from stilt walkers to magicians, clowns, Nigel & Ally’s Travelling Dance Party, children’s karaoke, and Nick Pike, a unicyclist, juggler and comedian who has competed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and free carousel rides on Saturdays
Information | 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com
PATRIOTIC PRE-SHOWS AT ‘THE CAROLINA OPRY’
Who | Clebe McClary of Pawleys Island, former Marine Corps lieutenant who earned Silver and Bronze stars during combat in Vietnam
When | Before “The Carolina Opry” shows next week: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and with meet-and-greet and book signing during intermission and after shows
Where | Calvin Gilmore Theater, on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17 Bypass on north tip of Myrtle Beach
How much | Plus tax: $34.95, $45.95 or $49.95 ages 17 and older, $17 ages 3-16; and $23 for students with ID
Also | Through August, all 7 p.m.:• “Opry” shows on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satrudays, and July 6 and Aug. 31
• “The Good Vibrations Show” Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (but not July 4)
Information | 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com, and www.clebemcclary.com
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH FIREWORKS
What | Fourth annual “Coca-Cola Summer Nights” of summer entertainment
When | 10 p.m.:• Tuesdays through August
• Fridays through Aug. 15, including July 4
Where | Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach
Also | Entertainers: comedy juggler Bryan Dangerous 7 and 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays; Mr. Nigel, an interactive musical entertainer from Charlotte, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, with free face painting for children in that time; and Maddie Hunt, a singer-songwriter-pianist, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
How much | Free
‘HOT SUMMER NIGHTS’ FIREWORKS
What | Part of Oceanfront Merchants Association’s “Hot Summer Nights,” through August
When | 10 p.m. Wednesdays through August – and on July 4
Where | Second Avenue (North) Pier in Myrtle Beach
Also |• Boardwalk and park performers – Sunday and Friday nights through Aug. 31, including “Boardwalk Elvis” by David Chaney of Myrtle Beach ( www.davidchaneymusic.com), who performs 7-10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Plyler Park, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in front of Boardwalk Coffee House and The Bowery at Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
• Concert series – 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, on Plyler Park stage, including C2 & the Brothers Reed on June 28, Austin Mowery Band July 1, Jimmy Mowery July 2, BPL July 3, and Bullfrog July 5.
• Live music 6-9 p.m. July 2 on Ninth Avenue Stage
• “Kids’ Carnival” 7-10 p.m. Mondays, including youth bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artist, games, balloon twisting, and stilt walkers.
How much | Free
Information | www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com
PELICANS POST-GAME FIREWORKS
Who | Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, against Winston Salem-Dash (Chicago White Sox), in three-game series that opens 7:05 p.m. Tuesday
When | 7:05 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday
Where | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, with parking lot entry from Grissom Parkway
How much | Advance game ticket prices (and add $1 on game day):• $8 left-field bleachers, $11 upper deck reserved and $13 field box
• All-You-Can-Eat Seats, $25, with buffet overlooking Pelicans’ bullpen, in right field
Also |• “Weiner Wednesdays – with $1 Hebrew National hot dogs
• “Thirsty Thursdays” – $1 Budweiser and Bud Light specials, until 8 p.m.
Information | 918-6000, 877-918-8499 or www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com
‘ALIVE AFTER 5’
By | Conway Downtown Alive
When | 6-8 p.m. next Thursday (and first Thursday monthly through November, with changing themes)
Where | Fourth Avenue and Laurel Street in downtown Conway
Includes | Children’s Fourth of July Bike Rodeo, Conway Police bicycle safety tips, and concert at 6:30 p.m. by Paul Grimshaw Band
How much | Free
Information | 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com
‘SALUTE THE MILITARY NIGHT,’ KIDS’ BIKE RACE, and SIMPLIFIED CONCERT
With | NASCAR Late Models (Twin 50s) and Mini Stocks
When | 6-11 p.m. next Thursday, with concert at 10 p.m. by Simplified
How much | $15 ages 13 and older, otherwise free
Where | Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501
Information | 353-1691, 704-886-2400 or www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com
FIFTH ANNUAL ‘AMERICAN PRIDE MARCH’
By | American Legion Post 186, in Little River
Who, what and where | Volunteers carrying the U.S., S.C. and POW-MIA flags in a parade across parts of North Myrtle Beach, from the north at Cherry Grove Pier and from the south at Ocean Creek, meeting at the Horseshoe, at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, for a flag-raising ceremony with active duty military, World War II veterans and Sons of the American Revolution, prayer and singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
When | 11 a.m. July 4
Rehearsal | Noon Saturday at Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive,
Information |• George O’Neill, Legion post event coordinator, at 399-1111 or 503-3062
• Matt Davis, 333-5157, or email email@example.com
FIFTH ANNUAL ‘SALUTE FROM THE SHORE’ FLYOVER
What | “Salute from the Shore,” with various vintage military aircraft doing a coastal, low-level flyover parade, to salute the military
When | About 1-1:22 p.m. July 4 along Grand Strand
Where | Southward from N.C. state line to Hilton Head Island along ocean shore, with projected fly-bys modeled on the 2013 timetable, at Cherry Grove Fishing Pier at 1 p.m.; North Myrtle Beach 1:02; Apache Family Campground Pier 1:05; Pier 14 and Springmaid Beach piers in Myrtle Beach at 1:07 and 1:09, respectively; Surfside Pier 1:12; Murrells Inlet Jetty 1:16; Litchfield Beach 1:18; Pawleys Island 1:19; and DeBordieu Colony 1:22; and south to Hilton Head Island by about 2:06.
Also | Everyone is asked to line the beaches, wave flags, wear red, white and blue attire, and decorate in patriotic colors
Information | www.salutefromtheshore.org, and:• Andy Folsom, president – 803-331-8881 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• John Michael Otis – 803-730-9289 or email@example.com
Submissions | Email patriotic videos, pictures and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIRD ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CUPCAKE EATING CONTEST & FESTIVAL’
When | 2-5 p.m. July 4
Where | Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach
For contest | At 4 p.m., contestants 18 and older have five minutes to eat as many cupcakes as they can, but registration is encouraged as early as possible by emailing email@example.com or calling 448-2253; winner receives a prize package includes tickets to Myrtle Beach area attractions, restaurants and retail stores as well as a vacation package, all valued at more than $1,000.
How much | Free admission
Includes | Live music, carnival games, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and children’s cupcake decorating
Also | All proceeds from beer sales to benefit the Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at Horry-Georgetown Technical College
More information | www.croissants.net
‘FAMILY 4TH AT THE COMMON’
When | 4 p.m. July 4
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden and streets by The Market Common shopping/dining district
What/who |• Carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, and dunking booth
• Concert by Eastbound, in front of Barnes & Noble Booksellers
• “Movies Under the Stars,” with “Field Of Dreams,” from 1989, at dusk, about 9 p.m. in Valor garden
Also |• “Music on the Green” concert series, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, with Painted Man on July 3, and Aug. 7 and 21; Tracy Thompson and the Denny Hess Trio July 10, and Aug. 14 and 28; Josh Brannon Band June 26 and July 31; Paul Grimshaw July 17; and Hot Sauce July 24.
• Other titles in movie series, 9 p.m. Fridays: “A Bug’s Life” (1998) July 11; “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” (1989) July 18; “Space Jam” (1996) July 25; “Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs” (2009) Aug. 15; “Monsters University” (2013) Aug. 22; and “G-Force” (2009) Aug. 29.
How much | Free
Information | 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.
ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
By | Town of Surfside Beach
When | 6-10 p.m. July 4
Where | Surfside Beach Pier, 11 N. Ocean Blvd., at Surfside Drive
Includes | Entertainment by “Garth and Friends” 6-9 p.m.; free water slides for children; free ice cream for the first 500 children; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org
‘INDEPENDENCE MUSIC BLAST’
When | noon-6 p.m. July 5
Where | La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School
How much | $8 ages 18-79, otherwise free – bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission
Includes | Music noon-5 p.m. by Tammy’s Tangent, and Latitude, and vineyard tour at 2:30 p.m.
Also | Both with free admission:• “Wine Wednesday,” Wednesday, including music 1-5 p.m. by T.J. Walsh Admission Free. Food from Vineyard Grill
• “TGI Wine Friday,” July 4, including music 1-5 p.m. by Laidback Larry
Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com
RED, WHITE AND BLUE SOCIAL DANCE
What | In Independence Day theme, belatedly
By | USA Dance Inc. Grand Strand Chapter 6024
When | 7-10 p.m. July 12
Where | Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, close to Farrow Parkway and The Market Common
How much | $7 members, otherwise $9
Includes | Music by DJ Jim Sterner, and beverages
Also | Singles welcome; and everyone asked to bring a snack to share
Information | 808-3397 or www.usadancegrandstrand.com
In Georgetown County
31ST ANNUAL MURRELLS INLET ‘FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE’ AND FIREWORKS
When, what and where| July 4, all free to watch:• Boat parade, noon in “Saluting Our Founding Fathers” theme, on ocean shoreline from Garden City Point, sailing southward past the Marsh Walk to Jetty View Walk, behind King Street Grille and the Hot Fish Club. Register for parade through July 3 at these merchants: Booty’s Outdoors, 3908 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-2593 or bootysoutdoors.com); Crazy Sister Marina, 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-4285 or crazysister.com); or Garden City Realty, 608 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach (651-2121, 651-0900 or www.gardencityrealty.com); or sign up at 11:15 a.m. July 4 with the committee boat in the water at Garden City Point. Details at 652-4236.
• Fireworks 10 p.m.. from Marsh Walk area , on U.S. 17 Business.
Also | “Monday Night Lights” fireworks by Marsh Walk, 9-9:10 p.m. on Mondays, July 7 through August, for free. Details at 497-3450.
FOURTH ANNUAL PAWLEYS ISLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENING CELEBRATION
Sponsored by | Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 and Council 11028
What | “A Salute to Our Nation and Our Military in Songs and Remembrances”
When | 6-8 p.m. July 4
Where | Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Parish Life Center, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island
Includes | Pawleys Island Concert Band (274-5991 or www.pawleysislandconcertband.org), performing such numbers as “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful” and “Yankee Doodle Delight”
How much | Free
Also | Hot dogs, sausage-and-peppers sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, and soft drinks available for purchase
Information | 235-9931
18TH ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT’
Who | Indigo Choral Society, with Kevin Jayroe, master of ceremonies, with The High Tide Brass Quartet, The Bag Ladies, and Project 9
Part of | “Made in the Shade” concert series
When | 7 p.m. July 4, with Georgetown City Fire Department’s fireworks afterward
Where | Kaminski House Museum lawn, 1003 Front St., Georgetown (rain location: Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road
How much | Free
Also | Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with guided tours 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily, for $7 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger – and additional $3 for tour of adjoining Stewart-Parker House.
Information | 546-7706 or kaminskimuseum.org
In North Carolina
‘TO THOSE WHO SERVE’ PATRIOTIC CONCERTS
By | Sea Notes Choral Society
When | 7:30 pm. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
Where | Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C. (910-755-7416; 800-754-1050, ext. 7416; or www.bccowa.com)
How much | Free, but donations welcome
Information | 910-278-5542 or www.sea-notes.com
‘HONOR FLIGHT: ONE LAST MISSION’ MOVIE
About | Four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them a trip to tour the memorials in Washington, D.C.
When | 11 a.m. Tuesday and next Thursday
Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina 21 E. Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. (open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays)
How much | Free with admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Also, seven-day “vacation pass” $69 for two adults and as many as to four children.
Also | Summer lecture series at 6 p.m. Tuesdays resumes July 8 – Peter and Cathy Meyer on hiking, “Coastwalk North Carolina,” with different speakers and topics weekly through Aug. 12, also free with admission.
THIRD ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT THE OLD BRIDGE’
By | Old Bridge Preservation Society
Where | Old (swing) Bridge site, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C.
What and when | 8:30-10 a.m. July 4:• Parade with decorated bicycles, tricycles, strollers, scooters, wagons, skateboards and anything that rolls, 8:30 a.m. to actual Old Bridge
• After parade: chidren’s games and a number of other activities, including face painting.
• The Tender House, housing the newly opened Old Bridge Museum, will be open, with a volunteer recounting when the former swing bridge was operational and elaborating on artifacts that are on display, some of which help tell the story of the Vesta, the Confederate blockade runner that ran aground at Sunset Beach more than 150 years ago.
How much | Free
Also | Summerlong programs in museum:• “A Moment in Time,” 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 12, with local volunteers and storytellers sharing history of the bridge and town.
• Young Explorers Program, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13, for children of all ages, with adult accompaniment, with different topics weekly and making of crafts to take home
• “Family Fun Nights,” 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, with “Snakes and Turtles and Birds – Oh My!” animal program June 26 and Aug. 14; “If Bridges Could Talk” history talks on July 10 and 31; cookouts July 17 and Aug. 7, and $3 donation for a grilled hot-dog combo; and “Pirate Night” July 24, with dressing up encouraged.
Summer hours at site | 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays
Information | 910-363-6585 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org
ANNUAL N.C. FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL
By | Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
Where | Downtown Southport, N.C.
When | Events daily, Saturday-July 5
Including | On July 4:• Parade at 11 a.m., from Moore and Howe streets (and shown 8-9 p.m. on WECT-TV 6 of Wilmington)
• Shine & Show Classic Cars, by Cape Fear Cruisers club, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Bay Street, by Waterfront Park
• Waterfront stage entertainment by Nothing Without 1-2 p.m., Mike’s Garage Band 2:30-4:30, and Liquid Pleasure Band 6-9 p.m.
• United Professional Wrestling Association ( www.theupwa.com) matches, 3-5 p.m. on Garrison Lawn, including Nick Ferrero, Mo Hill, Justin Lee, Pete Nixon, Josh Orton, Nate Roberts, Ulrich von Worse and Travis Young, and The Stro signing autographs.
• Fireworks at 9 p.m.
How much | Most events, including wrestling, free
Information | 910-457-6964 or www.nc4thofjuly.com
If you watch
What | “A Capitol Fourth”
Who | With host Tom Bergeron, from ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” and formerly of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and these scheduled performers: Sara Evans; Patti Labelle; Michael McDonald; Kelli O’Hara; Kendall Schmidt, founder of Heffron Drive band; Frankie Valli, Maestro John Williams; Phillip Phillips and Jordin Sparks, winners of Fox-TV’s “American Idol” in its 11th and sixth seasons, respectively; the National Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Jack Everly; Choral Arts Society of Washington; U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”; U.S. Army Herald Trumpets; U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery; and The Joint Armed Forces Chorus.
When | 8-9:30 p.m. July 4, repeating 9:30-11 p.m.
Where | PBS nationwide, including:• ETV across South Carolina ( www.scetv.org), including WHMC-TV 23 of Conway and WITV-TV 7 of Charleston
• UNC-TV across North Carolina ( www.unctv.org), including WUNJ-TV 39 of Wilmington, N.C.
Information | www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/concert.html