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’
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Blankets and lawn chairs permitted for band and fireworks viewing.
• Public golf carts, bicycles, coolers and skateboards are not permitted in festival area.
PATRIOTIC PRE-SHOWS AT ‘THE CAROLINA OPRY’
• “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)
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH FIREWORKS
• Tuesdays through August
• Fridays through Aug. 15, including July 4
‘HOT SUMMER NIGHTS’ FIREWORKS
• 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.
PELICANS POST-GAME FIREWORKS
• $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
• “Weiner Wednesdays – with $1 Hebrew National hot dogs
• “Thirsty Thursdays” – $1 Budweiser and Bud Light specials, until 8 p.m.
‘ALIVE AFTER 5’
‘SALUTE THE MILITARY NIGHT,’ KIDS’ BIKE RACE, and SIMPLIFIED CONCERT
FIFTH ANNUAL ‘AMERICAN PRIDE MARCH’
• George O’Neill, Legion post event coordinator, at 399-1111 or 503-3062
• Matt Davis, 333-5157, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIFTH ANNUAL ‘SALUTE FROM THE SHORE’ FLYOVER
• Andy Folsom, president –803-331-8881
• John Michael Otis –803-730-9289
THIRD ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CUPCAKE EATING CONTEST & FESTIVAL’
‘FAMILY 4TH AT THE COMMON’
• 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
• “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.
ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
‘INDEPENDENCE MUSIC BLAST’
• “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
RED, WHITE AND BLUE SOCIAL DANCE
In Georgetown County
31ST ANNUAL MURRELLS INLET ‘FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE’ AND FIREWORKS
• 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 orwww.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.
FOURTH ANNUAL PAWLEYS ISLAND FOURTH OF JULY EVENING CELEBRATION
18TH ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT’
In North Carolina
‘TO THOSE WHO SERVE’ PATRIOTIC CONCERTS
‘HONOR FLIGHT: ONE LAST MISSION’ MOVIE
THIRD ANNUAL ‘FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT THE OLD BRIDGE’
• 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.
• “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.
ANNUAL N.C. FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL
• 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.
If you watch
What | “A Capitol Fourth”
• 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.