Forget lame-o land-based parades…instead celebrate our nation’s independence with a nautical display of patriotic pride as the 29th annual July 4th Murrells Inlet Boat Parade sets sail Wednesday (July 4) from Garden City Point, ending at Morse Park Landing. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and flows through the Inlet past the Marshwalk and down to Hot Fish Club. The “best public viewing points are the Marshwalk, Belin Methodist Church, Nance’s Restaurant and the Hot Fish Club,” according to Murrells Inlet 2020. There’s no admission charge. And if you want to make a whole day of it in the Inlet, the drinking village with a fishing problem’s Independence Day fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. with nationalistic explosives shot from the end of the Veteran’s Pier, adjacent to the Marshwalk and Crazy Sister Marina. For more information, call 357-2007 or visit www.murrellsinletsc.com.
Want to chill out during the evening on Independence Day without the sensory overload of fireworks? Then grab your honey or some friends, or both - and head to Valor Park at The Market Common as the shopping/entertainment complex’s Movies Under the Stars series continues with a screening of the somewhat patriotic “ Forrest Gump,” starring Tom Hanks. The flick will be shown outdoors on a giant inflatable screen, and there’ll be concessions available, including popcorn, candy, beer and wine. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to park your USA-loving badonkadonk on. Admission is free. The movie begins at 9 p.m. Valor Park is off of Farrow Parkway at The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit www.MarketCommonEvents.com.
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Country singer/guitarist and “American Idol” alum Casey James, who finished in the Top 3 of the TV talent contest’s ninth season, brings his tour in support of his self-titled debut album to the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway with a gig Thursday at The Boathouse. Show time is 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 in advance via www.etix.com or $15 at the door. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sumter native Lee Brice totes his growing list of country smashes to the House of Blues for a gig on Friday, which also includes a performance by his brother, Lewis Brice. The elder Brice’s chart successes include “She Ain’t Right,” “Happy Endings,” “Upper Middle Class White Trash,” “Love Like Crazy” and “Hard to Love.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $17.50-$33. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Punk rock and right-wing ideology generally make for odd bedfellows, but not in the form of ex-Misfits singer Michale Graves, a founder of the so-called Conservative Punk movement, who headlines the Island Bar and Grill on Tuesday. Graves, who followed Glenn Danzig as The Misfits’ front man for the latter half of the ‘90s, has recently adopted a more libertarian stance – and may or may not still wear his skull makeup/mask on stage. Local acts SharkLegs, Grave Intentions and Bamboo Forest will open the show. Things get started at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Advance tickets are $7 via www.brokensoundproductions.com. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (high Class A affiliates of the Texas Rangers) kick off another homestand Wednesday (July 11) with the opening of a four-game set against the Winston-Salem Dash (li’l bitty Chicago White Sox) at TicketReturn.com Field, and oh yeah, it’s Weiner Wednesday, which means you can stuff your gullet with $1 hot dogs all night. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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Kent Kimes, Editor