On the Cheap | Great festivals lead up to July 4 activities


There are some great festivals coming up in the next week or so in addition to Fourth of July celebrations. Here’s what’s happening:

June 26-28

On Fridays during the months of June, July and August, The Market Common will be showing free movies in Valor Park. This week’s movie is “Little Rascals.” Go to www.marketcommonmb.com/events for the entire schedule. The movies start at dusk. Bring a blanket or a chair.

The annual Conway Riverfest celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Riverfront Park in downtown Conway. Admission is $5 for adults; free for kids 12 and under. This event includes live music, kids’ activities, an artisan market, food vendors, a beer garden, a golf cart parade, fireworks and more.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Sons of Italy is holding its annual Festa Italiana at Valor Park. Admission is $1. This event includes live entertainment, food and craft vendors, beer and wine for purchase, inflatables and more. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Art in the Park, an art show put on by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, will be held in Chapin Park on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Local artists will be displaying a variety of artwork, including paintings, woodwork, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stonework.

June 29

Every Monday through Aug. 24 from 7-10 p.m., the Oceanfront Merchants Association will be putting on a kids’ carnival in Plyler Park. Admission is free. The carnival will include kids’ bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artists, games, stilt walking, a balloon artist and more.

July 4

If you’re looking for a beachfront Fourth of July celebration, you can find one at the Surfside Beach pier from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free. There will be live entertainment by Garth and Friends, food and drinks for purchase and a fireworks display. You might want to bring a chair.

For a different type of Fourth of July celebration, try the Murrells Inlet July Fourth Boat Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. at the point in Garden City, winds through the inlet by the MarshWalk and finishes at Morse Park Landing. The best place to watch the parade is from the MarshWalk. This event is free.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.