If you’re looking for a great vacation destination for the Fourth of July, Myrtle Beach is it. With dozens of great, family-friendly events up and down the Grand Strand this Fourth of July weekend, Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the country to be when celebrating America’s independence. Here are just a few of the free festivals and firework displays happening around the beach this Fourth of July:
4th Annual ‘Salute From the Shore’ Flyover
One of the most unique events at the beach every Fourth of July is the ‘Salute From the Shore’ Flyover. This yearly flyover parade features various vintage military aircrafts piloted by skilled airmen. Starting in North Carolina, this spectacular aerial display heads south along the coast, past the Grand Strand, before ending in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Whether you’re staying at the north end or south end of Myrtle Beach, this Salute From the Shore flyover parade can been seen from your nearby beach access point. So grab some a chair and the family and come out to see this amazing patriotic salute. Here are the projected flyby times for locations along the Grand Strand:
1:00pm – Cherry Grove Pier
1:02pm – North Myrtle Beach
1:05pm – Apache Family Campground Pier
1:07pm – Pier 14 and Springmaid piers
1:12pm – Surfside Pier and Murrells Inlet
1:19pm – Pawleys Island
2:06pm – Hilton Head Island
2nd Annual Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest
On Friday, July 4th from 3-5pm, Croissants Bistro & Bakery in Myrtle Beach will be hosting their second annual Fourth of July Cupcake Eating Contest. Contestants will have five minuets to eat as many cupcakes as they can and whoever eats the most will claim the title of cupcake eating champion. While the cupcake eating contest is only for participants 18 years of age and older, Croissants will also have an array of entertainment and activities like live music, face painting, balloon animals, and children’s cupcake decorating for kids as well. If you’re interested in competing in this year’s contest, just show up to Croissants Bistro & Bakery and sign in by 3:30pm.
Surfside Beach Fourth of July Celebration
One of the best celebration events around the area is the Fourth of July celebration at the Surfside Pier. This year, visitors will enjoy free musical entertainment by Garth and Friends from 6-9pm, free water slides and inflatables for the kids, free ice cream for the first 500 kids, a free variety show by the cast of Celebration Music Theater and of course and of course free fireworks starting at 9:30pm. Grab a blanket and some chairs and head over to the Surfside Pier for an evening full of family fun and fireworks.
Cherry Grove Pier Fourth of July Fireworks
If you’re in the North Myrtle Beach area and looking for a great fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July, stop by the Cherry Grove Pier from 9-10pm on July 4th. The 19th annual Cherry Grove Pier fireworks display is a beautiful show full of color and light that takes place right over the ocean. This event is free and open to the public so grab the gang and head out to the Cherry Grove Pier for an outstanding fireworks show and Fourth of July celebration.
Murrells Inlet Boat Parade
This annual event is a favorite among visitors and locals alike – and it’s not hard to see why! Each year, boats from around the region deck out in their best red, white, and blue and float from the Garden City point all the way through the inlet, finally ending at the Hot Fish Club. The event begins at high tide which is at 5pm this year. Grab your clan and head to one of the popular viewing spots like MarshWalk, Belin Church, or the new Jetty Walk. Stick around for dinner and activities along the MarshWalk and then enjoy a free fireworks show at Veteran’s Pier at 10pm.