With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, the partying might start earlier this week, or vacationers might arrive for the holiday weekend to stay festive for the following week.
Either way, outings across the Grand Strand to celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday are voluminous. They include the sixth annual “Salute from the Shore” flyover, the dedication of a Battle Cross Monument in Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, the 32nd annual Murrells Inlet “Fourth of July Boat Parade,” and Croissants Bistro & Bakery’s fourth annual “Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival,” in a benefit to help families with children with autism.
Fire up your pen and plan some fun in the week ahead, inside and out.
Pelicans’ ‘Independence Day Celebration’
With | Post-game fireworks
Who | Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Advanced-A affiliate of Chicago Cubs, in series against Salem (Va.) Red Sox, a Boston affiliate.
When | 7:05 p.m. Thursday-Friday.
Where | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, with parking lot entry from Grissom Parkway
How much | Per game:
▪ Advance: $9 left-field bleachers, $11 upper-deck reserved and $13 field box – and each $2 more on game day.
▪ Military discount – with ID at box office, receive $3 discount for all games.
Other post-game fireworks game dates | All Sunday home games, which each start at 6:05 p.m., through August (July 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 9, 16 and 30), and at 7:05 p.m. July 9 and 30, and Aug. 6.
Listen | All games on WRNN-AM 1450, an ESPN Radio affiliate, and at www.espnmyrtlebeach.com.
Information | 918-6000, 877-918-8499 or www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com
Battle Cross Monument dedication
What | A bronze, life-size memorial.
By | Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 34-3, based in Myrtle Beach.
When | 10 a.m. Saturday
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, on Farrow Parkway, just west of U.S. 17 Business, along southern end of Myrtle Beach International Airport, near cross-intersection with Ocean Boulevard.
Information | www.cvma34-3.com
Sixth annual ‘American Pride March’
By | American Legion Post 186, in Little River
Who, what, when and where | Saturday: Volunteers carrying the U.S., S.C. and POW-MIA flags in a parade at 11 a.m. across parts of North Myrtle Beach, from the north at Cherry Grove Pier and from the south at Ocean Creek, meeting at 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe, at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, for a flag-raising ceremony with active duty military, veterans and Sons of the American Revolution,and a prayer.
Also | Timed to allow viewing of “Salute from the Show” flyover (information nearby in this column).
Information | George O’Neill, 399-1111 or 503-3062; Matt Davis, 333-5157, or email email@example.com
Annual ‘Independence Music Blast’
When | Noon-6 p.m. Saturday.
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, and bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission
With music | Noon-5 p.m. by Tammy Tangent Band, and The Jazzerz.
Also | Concerts by various local artists, 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, weather permitting, with free admission.
Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com
Sixth annual ‘Salute from the Shore’
What | Flyover with two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, followed by group of various vintage military aircraft at slower speeds, in a coastal, low-level air parade, to salute the military.
When | About 1-1:22 p.m. Saturday along Grand Strand
Where | Southward from N.C. state line to Hilton Head Island along ocean shore, with first projected jet fly-bys modeled on the 2014 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 1:45.
Also | Everyone is asked to line the beaches, wave flags, wear red, white and blue attire, and decorate in patriotic colors.
Information | 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.
Fourth annual ‘Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival’
When | 2-5 p.m. Saturday, with contest at 4 p.m.
Benefiting | Reggie Sanders Foundation – named after the Florence native, Myrtle Beach resident, and former 17-year Major League Baseball player who presides over this charity helping families with children with autism (reggiesandersfoundation.org).
Where | Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, at 38th Avenue North.
For contest | At 4 p.m., contestants 18 and older have five minutes to eat as many cupcakes as they can; sign up at www.croissants.net/cupcake-eating-contestants/
Prizes | $500 and “Cupcake Champion” trophy for winner; and second- and third-place finisherseach receive medals and prize packages including tickets to Myrtle Beach area attractions, restaurants and retail stores as well as a vacation package.
How much | Free
Includes | Live music by The Harvest, carnival games, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and children’s cupcake decorating.
More information | 448-2253
Fourth of July cruises
What | Barefoot Princess Riverboat
When and how much | Saturday – All rides free for lap children, ages 1 and younger:
▪ Sightseeing cruise, 12:30-2 p.m., for $21 ages 12-59; $19.95 ages 13-54; $19 ages 60 and older, and locals with ID; free for one child age 2-11with paying adult, and $12for additional children.
▪ Annual barbecue dinner cruise, 6-8 p.m., for $43 ages 12 and older, $30 ages 2-11.
Where | From Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach.
Also this weekend | Sunset cruises, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday and 9-10:30 pm. Monday, each $23 ages 12-59; $22 ages 60 and older, and locals with ID; $14 ages 2-11.
Information | 272-2140, 272-6796 or mbriverboat.com
Annual Fourth of July Celebration
By | Town of Surfside Beach
When | 6-10 p.m. Saturday
Where | Surfside Beach Pier, 11 N. Ocean Blvd., at Surfside Drive.
How much | Free.
Includes | Entertainment by “Garth & Friends,” then fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org
‘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, but not July 1
Where | Off Second Avenue (North) Pier in Myrtle Beach
How much | Free
Information | 779-2662 or www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com
Broadway at the Beach fireworks
When | 10 p.m.:
▪ Tuesdays through August
▪ Fridays through Aug. 14.
▪ July 4 and Sept. 5.
Where | Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach
How much | Free.
Also | In Celebrity Square, at 7 p.m.: Pizzaz Band on July 2 and 25, Chocolate Chip & Co. July 3, and Mark Roberts Band July 4.
Information | 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com
When | 10:15 p.m Mondays through August, and on Saturday and Sept. 5.
Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach
How much | Free.
Information | 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com
32nd annual Murrells Inlet ‘Fourth of July Boat Parade’ and fireworks
When, what and where | Saturday, all free to watch:
▪ Boat parade, 10 a.m. in “Red, White & Southern” 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. Pre-register to join parade for $5 at these merchants: Booty’s Outdoors, 3908 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-2593 or bootysoutdoors.com); Garden City Realty, 608 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach (651-2121, 651-0900, 877-767-7737 or www.gardencityrealty.com); Crazy Sister Marina, 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet (651-4285, 866-557-3474 or crazysister.com); or sign up on event day 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 | Volunteers sought for Inlet Cleanup, 8 a.m. Sunday, from Wicked Tuna tiki hut, 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.
Fifth annual ‘Pawleys Island Fourth of July Evening Celebration’
Sponsored by | Knights of Columbus Council 11028 and Assembly 3272.
What | “A Salute to Our Nation and Our Military in Songs and Remembrances”
When | 6:15-8 p.m. Saturday
Where | Inside 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 “America the Beautiful,” “Yankee Doodle Delight” and “1812 Overture.”
How much | Free
Information | 235-9931
19th annual Fourth of July Concert
Who | Indigo Choral Society, with opening by Will Ness and the Island Boys
When | 7-8 p.m. Saturday
Where | Kaminski House Museum lawn, 1003 Front St., Georgetown (rain location: Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road
How much | Free
Part of | “Made in the Shade” concert series, which concludes with Denny Hess Trio in “Jazz Under the Oaks,” 3-6 p.m. Oct. 11)
Also | Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., for $7, and additional $3 for Stewart-Parker House.
Information | 546-7706 or www.kaminskimuseum.org
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall
Welcomed by | The Warrior Ride of Oak Island, and N.C. Patriot Guard, Southeastern District.
When | Thursday-Monday
Where | Middleton Park, between 46th and 49th streets in Oak Island, N.C.
Information | 910-616-6977, 910-278-7344, and wall contacts: 321-652-4185 or www.travelingwall.us
‘Pyrotechnics Science’ program
With | Bruce Stedman of Sunset Beach, N.C., a retired science, math, and computer science teacher, discussing the history and making of fireworks, and such elements that make up fireworks, and chemicals that produce different firework colors.
When | Noon Friday
Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.
Other topics in “Science in Small Bytes” Series | All at noon Fridays: “Hurricane History in North Carolina” July 10, “Hello, Pluto” July 17, “Severe Weather Safety & East Coast Tsunamis” July 24, “Robot Ozobot” July 31, “Asteroids & Meteors” Aug. 7, “Telescopes” Aug. 14, “The Behavior of Light” Aug. 21, “The Size of Space” Aug. 28, and “Navigation Through the Ages” Sept. 4.
Also | “SciFly” programs, noon Thursdays, with Stedman.
How much | Free for aforementioned programs.
Open | 10:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Saturdays
Information | 910-575-0033 or www.museumplanetarium.org
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 | 9 a.m. Saturday:
▪ Parade with decorated bicycles, tricycles, strollers, scooters, wagons, skateboards and anything that rolls.
▪ After parade: contests and activities.
How much | Free
Also | Summer hours 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 through Sunday, including these on Saturday:
▪ Parade at 11 a.m., from Moore and Howe streets (and later shown 8-9 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.
▪ United Professional Wrestling Association (www.theupwa.com) matches, 3-5 p.m. on Fort Johnson’s Garrison Lawn.
▪ Fireworks, 9-9:30 p.m..
How much | Most events, including wrestling, free to see.
Information | 910-457-6964 or www.nc4thofjuly.com
If you watch
What | 35th annual “A Capitol Fourth”
When | 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and repeating 9:30-11 p.m.
Where | PBS:
▪ 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.
Who | Bradley Whitford, host and a multi-award-winning actor, and these scheduled performers: Alabama (Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook), Robert Davi, Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, Lang Lang, Meghan Linsey, KC and the Sunshine Band, Nicole Scherzinger, and Ronan Tynan.
Also with | The National Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Jack Everly; Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C.; U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”; U.S. Army Herald Trumpets; and U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.
Information | www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/concert.html