In a fluke, or maybe not: Three Founding Fathers died on Independence Day – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1826, and James Monroe in 1831. The Fourth of July remains an event just as Adams – later the nation’s first vice president and second president – envisioned in a letter penned July 3, 1776, to wife Abigail: “solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
That revelry reaches across the Grand Strand, especially with the nation’s 239th birthday falling on a Saturday this year.
The sixth annual “Salute From the Shore” flyover will take off again, going southward from the N.C. state line to Hilton Head Island along the Atlantic ocean shore, with the 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. Everyone is asked to line the beaches, wave flags, wear red, white and blue attire, and decorate in patriotic colors.
Andy Folsom, the “Salute” president, said this nonprofit undertaking remains “a labor of love for us.” Having the return of fighter jets – two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter – to lead this parade for the first time in three years really excites everyone, he said.
“We know a lot of people come out to see the jets,” Fulsom said, encouraging everybody to be ready on the beaches at 1 p.m.
After the jets whirl by, pilots in a group of vintage, and slower, aircraft will take turns following the coastline, so plan on waiting 15 to 20 minutes to see all of them. Fulsom said one group of antique craft will handle the stretch into northern Charleston, then another fleet will finish out the run south to Hilton Head Island. All the older models will have a combination of special guest passengers, with active-duty personnel and veterans, and those crews will be photographing and filming the greetings and reception from beachgoers.
“Those are pretty powerful images to think about,” Fulsom said, “with us waving to them, and them saluting us, too.”
He also went full throttle on the meaning of the day and the public turnout every year, especially with the rarity of meeting someone “without an emotional connection to it.”
“It’s just about showing our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of those who protect us,” Fulsom said. “We are very fortunate to be able to sit on the beach and enjoy ourselves while they’re defending us.”
Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park will gain another addition at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the dedication of a Battle Cross Monument, from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 34-3, based in Myrtle Beach. This past weekend, the concrete base was in place for this bronze, life-size memorial, a makeshift marker for a soldier who dies on the battlefield. The soldier’s weapon is planted bayonet-first between his boots, and his dog tags and helmet rest over the rifle, as described by Mark Kruea, city spokesman.
Look in the circle that has been added to the east of the Wall of Service. This monument will make the cluster a trio, joining Rolling Thunder SC3’s donated Missing Man Chair, and the city’s Korean War Memorial, which was relocated down Farrow Parkway from Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common.
“Our goal is to use Warbird Park as the military monument location,” Kruea said.
On the north side of Myrtle Beach, the Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival will hit its fourth anniversary this Saturday.
Heidi Vukov, owner, said this year, the event will benefit the Reggie Sanders Foundation, named after the Florence native, Myrtle Beach resident and former 17-year Major League Baseball outfielder – and World Series winner in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks – who presides over this charity, helping families with children with autism (reggiesandersfoundation.org). She said Sanders, “an amazing human being,” was so quick to respond to her request to take part in the 2015 cupcake fest.
Looking back at three annual cupcake consumption marathons – whoever downs the most in five minutes wins a $500 prize this year – Vukov said someone different took the trophy each year, but that past champions will take part this Saturday. As of last week, with about 25 competitors preregistered, she also foresees all 48 competitor slots filling again, easily. Entry is free, just like for anyone attending the whole afternoon festival at the restaurant, 3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway at 38th Avenue North. Activities include The Harvest entertaining with music, as well as carnival games, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals and children’s cupcake decorating.
Contemplating more about the cupcake dining contest, Vukov wonders if maybe “a trial to get in the finals” might become another key ingredient in near-future Fourths of July. She said the most cupcakes consumed in regulation time has hit 34, prompting a two-minute, “sudden death” tiebreaker between the two entrants.
“That is a cupcake about every 10 seconds,” Vukov said of their pace before the tie. “Last year’s winner ate 24. That seems more reasonable.”
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.
If you go
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. Friday
Where | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, with parking lot entry from Robert M. 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, a makeshift marker for a soldier who dies on the battlefield – with the soldier’s weapon planted bayonet-first between his boots, with his dog tags and helmet placed over the rifle.
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 – look for this monument in a circle just east of the Wall of Service, joining the Rolling Thunder SC3’s donated Missing Man Chair, and the city’s Korean War Memorial, which was relocated from Valor Memorial Garden, one mile southwest on Farrow Parkway.
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).
▪ George O’Neill, 399-1111 or 503-3062
▪ Matt Davis, 333-5157, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
▪ John Michael Otis – 803-730-9289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions | Email patriotic videos, pictures and comments to email@example.com
Annual Garden City Beach Golf Cart Parade
When | 2 p.m. Saturday
Where | In Garden City Beach: Line-up begins at 1:30 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.
How much | Free
▪ For anyone entering most patriotically decorated cart contest – for which three prizes will be awarded – be on hand by judging at 1:45 p.m.
▪ Also, pre- and post-parade gatherings at Sundown Restaurant, 810 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach.
Information | 340-5835
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 outfielder who presides over this charity helping families with children with autism (reggiesandersfoundation.org).
Where | Croissants Bistro & Bakery, 3751 Robert M. 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 finishers each 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
North Myrtle Beach fireworks
When | 9:30-10 p.m. Saturday.
Where | off Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach.
Information | 281-2662 or www.northmyrtlebeachchamber.com
‘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
Also | Into late August, in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard:
▪ 7-10 p.m. Mondays – “Boardwalk Kids Carnival,” including youth bands, inflatables, face painting, a caricature artist, games, and caricature and stilt-walking balloon artists.
▪ 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and 5-11 p.m. Wednesdays – concerts at Plyler Park.
▪ 5-11 p.m. Fridays – “Battle of the Bands” 5-10 p.m July 3, 10, 17 and 24, and Aug. 7, and 7-10 p.m. July 31; and “Boardwalk’s Got Talent,” Aug. 14, 21 and 28, and finale 7-10 p.m. Sept. 4.
▪ 7-10 p.m. Sundays – concerts by Soul Purpose on Aug. 2 and 16, Fair Aug. 9, Wind Aug. 23, One Love Aug. 30, and Relinquish Sept. 6.
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, Robert M. Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach
How much | Free
Other entertainment |
▪ Bryan Dangerous’ interactive comedy show, 7 and 8 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays.
▪ Legends in Concert golf-cart tour with tribute artists, 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
▪ Maddie Hunt, 7 and 8 p.m. Mondays.
▪ Ruckus, the Ripley’s Aquarium percussion band, strolling 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
▪ Shelley Sasser, from Dino Capone’s School of Rock, near the Forestbrook community, 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.
▪ Nick Pike, a British juggler, comedian and unicyclist, from “America’s Got Talent,” 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.
▪ The Character Company meet-and-greets: 6-9 p.m., with princesses on Saturdays, and Super Heroes on Sundays.
▪ MiniStarz show, with mini-celebrity tributes to artists such as Elton John, Beyonce Knowles, Katy Perry, and the Spice Girls, 7-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Also | In Celebrity Square, at 7 p.m.: Pizzaz Band on July 25, Chocolate Chip & Co. Friday, and Mark Roberts Band Saturday.
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
Also | Events weekly through Aug.29:
▪ Nick Pike, juggler, comedian and unicyclist, from “America’s Got Talent,” 7 and 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
▪ Kids’ Karaoke with Larry Tanelli, 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
▪ Music by Don Colton, with smooth jazz 7-10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays; steel drummer Tim Peterman 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Justin Hoke 7-9 p.m. Fridays.
▪ The Character Company meet-and-greets: 6-9 p.m., with Super Heroes on Sundays, and princesses on Sundays.
Information | 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com
‘Independence Day Celebration’
Benefiting | Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org/locate/state/sc)
When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Where | Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Highway, just south of Myrtle Beach city limits and Seagate Village neighborhood.
How much | Free admission
Including | Games, prizes, BMX stunts by DK Bicycles, Gracie the Clown, face painting, a caricature artist, stilt walker and balloon animals.
Information | 369-5555 or www.myrtlebeachharley.com
‘An American Celebration’
With | 55 singers from nine local churches, accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, and including a salute to service personnel from past and present.
When | 4 p.m. Sunday
Where | First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
How much | Free
Information | 349-6565 or email NMcQueen@HorryCountySchools.net
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 MarshWalk 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, before Georgtetown city fireworks at Winyah Bay, 9 p.m. (www.historicgeorgetownsc.com)
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
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, with this schedule of Sky Theater dome shows (each $9 ages 13-61, $8 ages 62 and older, $7 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger):
▪ “Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea” at 1 p.m., “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” 2 p.m., “Sunstruck” 3 p.m., “Undiscovered Worlds” 4 p.m., and “Two Small Pieces of Glass” 5 p.m.
▪ Laser light and music shows, on Thursdays: “Laser Michael Jackson” 6 p.m., “Laser Zeppelin” 7 p.m., and “Laser U2” 8 p.m.; Fridays: “Laser Country” 6 p.m., “Laser Retro” 7 p.m., and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” 8 p.m.
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, and with this slew of special programs:
▪ Speakers, on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – “Women and War: Service, Sacrifice and Subterfuge,” July 7 and 21; and “Trials and Tribulations: Life During the War,” July 14 and Aug. 11; and War on the Coast – If Our Beaches Could Talk” July 28 and Aug. 4.
▪ Young Explorers Program,” for ages 5-13, 10:30 a.m.-12;30 p.m. Wednesdays, including crafts to take home.
▪ “Family Fun Nights,” 6 p.m. Thursdays – “Minute to Win It” Aug. 6; “Pirate Night” July 9 and Aug. 13; “Bingo and S’Mores” July 16; Hot dog cookout and activities July 23; and a “Country Fair” July 30, with games for all.
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
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