On the Fly | Scrambling to plan for the Fourth? We’ve got you covered.

Croissants Bistro & Bakery holds its Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival on July 4. File photo.
Croissants Bistro & Bakery holds its Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest & Festival on July 4. File photo.


Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning your July 4 at the last minute:

▪ Salute from the Shore | F-16s from Shaw Air Force base and several vintage military aircraft will fly over the South Carolina coastline. The flyover will begin at 1 p.m. on July 4 from Cherry Grove in North Myrtle Beach and continue along the coastline all the way to Hilton Head.

▪ Cupcake Eating Contest | Croissants Bistro and Bakery in Myrtle Beach is hosting its fourth annual Cupcake Eating Contest on July 4. Contestants (18 and older) will have five minutes to devour as many iced cupcakes as they can. There will also be several family-friendly activities leading up to the big event. The activities begin at 2 p.m. and the contest begins at 4 p.m.

▪ Independence Music Blast | Grab your lawn chairs and head to La Belle Amie in Little River for wine tastings, barbecue and music. The event is noon-5 p.m. Admission is reduced by $3 if you bring two canned/dry good food items for the area food bank.

▪ Surfside Beach 4th of July Festival | Celebrate Independence day on the Surfside Beach Pier. Enjoy entertainment by Garth & Friends and buy your 4th of July T-shirt. A fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. The celebration is from 6-10 p.m.

▪ Murrells Inlet July 4th Patriotic Parade | See a parade on the water! Watch decorated boats parade from Garden City, wind past the MarshWalk and finish at Morse Park Landing. This year’s theme is “Red, White & Southern.” The parade begins at 10 a.m. You can also enjoy fireworks on the Marshwalk at 10 p.m.

▪ Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade | If it can move, it may be a float. See all kinds of vehicles in in this parade. the parade will begin at 11 a.m.


▪ Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – 2nd Avenue Pier at 10 p.m.

▪ Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach – 10 p.m.

▪ Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach – 10 p.m.

▪ Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach – 9:15 p.m.

▪ Surfside Beach Pier – 9:30 p.m.

▪ Murrells Inlet Marshwalk – 10 p.m.

▪ Georgetown, East Bay Park & Harborwalk – 9 p.m.

Jennifer Donovan, digital reporter