Things To Do

Fourth of July celebrations along Grand Strand span July 1-4

Horry and Georgetown counties

  • Eighth annual “Salute From the Shore,” with flyover of F-16 jets from 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, as well as vintage military aircraft, along Atlantic Ocean coast from Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach at 1 p.m. July 4, southwest to Hilton Head Island within an hour. Everyone’s asked to line beaches, wave flags, and wear – and decorate in – red, white and blue. 803-331-8881,, or email

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Horry County

  • “Independence Saturday Celebration,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 1, including music noon-5 p.m. by Larry Stevens, and Mike Monetti, at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. $5; also, bring two canned/dry good items for food bank, for $3 discount. 843-399-9463 or
  • Annual “Conway Riverfest,” 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 1 – including fireworks at 9:30 p.m. – in Conway’s Riverfront Park, at end of Elm Street, and on Marina Drive. Free admission for Marina Drive activities, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and $5 ages 13 and older, otherwise free, for Riverfront Park area, 3-10 p.m., with hand stamps available for re-entry. 843-248-2273 or
  • Annual “Independence Day Celebration,” benefiting ALS Association S.C. Chapter (803-851-3233 or, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1 at Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Highway, just south of Myrtle Beach city limits and Seagate Village neighborhood. Free, including music by Backfire, and performances by Bryan Dangerous. 843-369-5555 or
  • “The Declaration of Independence” lecture, with Christopher Boyle, 1 p.m. July 1 at Horry County Museum, 805 Main St., Conway – open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. 843-915-5320 or
  • Third annual “American Celebration Concert,” by Myrtle Beach Wesley Chancel Choir, 4 p.m. July 2 at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-448-7164 or
  • Festival Promotions’ annual “Independence Day 8k/5k/1-mile” runs, 7:30 a.m. July 4 from Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common. 8k for $37 by July 3, otherwise $40 race day on site. Also: 5k ($33 and $45, respectively) and 1 mile ($17 or $20). 843-267-7443 or
31st Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade
Thousands packed the waterfront in Murrells Inlet to watch the 31st Annual Murrells Inlet 'Fourth of July Boat Parade'. This year's parade theme was "Saluting Our Founding Fathers". Many exchanged water gun fire with people on the docks or on other boats on the hot sunny afternoon. Charles Slate
  • Ninth annual “American Pride March,” July 4, from two parts of North Myrtle Beach, on Ocean Boulevard – from 60th Avenue North and from the south at Ocean Creek Resort, meeting at 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe, at Main Street, for a flag-raising ceremony with active-duty military, veterans and Sons of the American Revolution, and a prayer – and timed to allow viewing of “Salute From the Show” flyover (information nearby in this column). Reach George O’Neill at 843-399-1111 or 843-503-3062; or Matt Davis at 843-333-5157, or email
  • Annual Garden City Beach Golf Cart Parade, 2 p.m. July 4, with lineup at 1 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. 843-340-5835 or
  • Croissants Bistro & Bakery’s sixth annual “Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest” and festival, 2-5 p.m. July 4, at Croissants at the Grand Dunes, 8014 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach – with contest at 4 p.m., for adults, given five minutes to eat as many cupcakes as they can, for $500 cash top prize – the 2016 winner, Joseph Menchetti, consumed 33 cupcakes – enter at More details from Criossants, based at 3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, at 38th Avenue North, at 843-448-2253.

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  • Annual Fourth of July dinner cruise, with barbecue meal, on Barefoot Princess Riverboat, 6-8 p.m. July 4 from Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. $43 ages 10 and older, $25 ages 2-9, and free for lap children, ages 1 and younger. 843-272-2140, 843-272-6796 or
  • Town of Surfside Beach annual Fourth of July Celebration, 6-10 p.m. July 4 at Surfside Beach Pier, 11 N. Ocean Blvd., at Surfside Drive. Free. 843-650-9548 or
  • “Independence Day Celebration,” by Myrtle Beach Pelicans – 2015-16 Carolina League Mills Cup champions, in third year as Class A-Advanced affiliate of Chicago Cubs – with opener of three-game homestand against Buies Creek (N.C.) Astros – a Houston Astros affiliate – 7:05 p.m. July 4, with fireworks afterward, at Field at Pelicans Ballpark, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, with parking lot entry from Robert M. Grissom Parkway. $9, $11 or $13 advance – and $2 more on game day. Also, $3 discount for military, with ID. 843-918-6000, 877-918-8499 or

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Fireworks displays

  • 10 p.m. June 30 and July 4 at Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Robert M. Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach (843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or;
  • 9:30 p.m. July 3-4 at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (843-272-8349 or; and 10 p.m. July 4 as part of 10 p.m. off Second Avenue (North) Pier, as part of annual “Hot Summer Nights,” by Oceanfront Merchants Association (

Georgetown County

  • 34th annual Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade – in “Rockin’ in the USA” theme and in memory of Bob Hendrick, a co-founder – 4 p.m. July 4, sailing south from Garden City Beach Point to Morse Park Landing. Free to see; $5 entry per boat with forms available at Garden City Realty (608 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, 843-651-0900, 866-427-7253, or; Booty’s Outdoors (3908 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2593 or; and Marlin Quay Marina, 1508 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, 843-651-4444, or – more details from Lee Hewitt at 843-652-4236. Also, fireworks 10-10:20 p.m. July 4 from MarshWalk area, on U.S. 17 Business; and “Inlet Cleanup,” for which volunteers are sought (– Meet time to be announced for July 5 at Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group office, 4124 U.S. 17 Business (843-357-2007 or
  • Seventh annual “Pawleys Island Fourth of July Evening Celebration,” with Pawleys Island Concert Band (843-274-5991 or, 6-8 p.m. July 4 in Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Parish Life Center, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island. Free. 843-235-9931.
  • 21st annual Independence Day Concert by Indigo Choral Society, 7-8:30 p.m. July 4, in “Made in the Shade” concert series, on Kaminski House Museum lawn, 1003 Front St., Georgetown, for free (843-546-7706 or, before Georgetown city fireworks, 9 p.m. downtown over Winyah Bay (

Brunswick County

  • Annual “Fourth of July Celebration at the Old Bridge,” 9 a.m. July 4 at Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, with everyone of any age invited to join parade with decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, strollers or sneakers to roll or walk across Old Bridge; then after parade, take part in contests and activities. Free. 910-363-6585 or
  • Annual N.C. Fourth of July Festival, with July 1-4 in downtown Southport, including “Letters from Home” Salute to Veterans concert, 6 p.m. July 2 in Southport Community Building (For reserved seating for Korean veterans: 910-527-5132, or email; and on July 4: parade 11 a.m., from Moore and Howe streets (and later shown 8 p.m. on WECT-TV 6 of Wilmington –, “Shine & Show Classic Cars,” by Cape Fear Cruisers club, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Bay Street, by Waterfront Park (register at 910-471-0771, or email; Cape Fear Yacht Club Commodores Regatta, 2 p.m. (free registration form at; and fireworks, 9 p.m. 910-457-5578 or

Easy escapes – north and south

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre’s “Mister Roberts,” on Battleship North Carolina – at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C. – opening 7 p.m. July 4, for $50 adults and $25 children, including viewing of city fireworks display afterward; then 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through July 23, for $30 adults, $25 seniors, and $15 children and military and veterans; and group rates for 12 or more. Buy tickets at More details from host site – 910-251-5797 or, and
  • Third annual “Stars & Guitars,” July 2, with Runaway June and Midland at 6 p.m., and Trace Adkins 8 p.m., at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, less than a mile west from U.S. 17. Tickets for ages 9 and older: $43.73 general admission advance at or $50 at gate, and $134 VIP advance, if still available; and free ages 8 and younger. Host site: 843-884-4371 or
  • View Charleston’s Fourth of July fireworks display, from aboard USS Yorktown, July 4, with flight deck opening at 6 p.m. at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $40 – if still available, sold only – plus $10 parking on this day only. 843-884-2727.