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:
11th 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. If you’re in South Carolina, below is the approximate time the F-18s and C-17 will be flying by. Don’t forget to share your salute via video or picture on social media using #SalutefromtheShore.
Cherry Grove – 1:00 and 1:05 PM
Myrtle Beach – 1:03 and 1:06 PM
Pawleys Island – 1:06 and 1:17 PM
Isle of Palms – 1:15 and 1:29 PM
Charleston Harbor – 1:16 and 1:32 PM
Folly Beach – 1:20 and 1:35 PM
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. Visitors will enjoy music, entertainment, kids activities, and more from 6-10 PM. Due to Pier renovations, there will be no fireworks display at Surfside this year.
Cherry Grove Pier Fourth of July Fireworks – 2020 Cancelled
The 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. Normally you would look up to the sky at 9:30 pm on July 4th, but the 2020 celebration has been canceled this year.
Murrells Inlet Boat Parade – To Be Announced For 2020
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 Morse Park Landing. The event typically begins at 9 am on Thursday, July 4th. Grab your clan and head to one of the popular viewing spots like MarshWalk, Belin Church, or the new Jetty Walk. Due to the current health concerns, Murrells Inlet is still currently working through a status on the parade and will make an official announcement soon. Check out the Murrless Inlet Boat Parade page to stay up-to-date on the latest.
MarshWalk Fourth of July Fireworks – Postponed until September 6
The MarshWalk will be open for the 4th of July fun with delicious food, holiday drink specials, and live entertainment. The annual MarshWalk 4th of July fireworks display has been postponed until the night before Labor Day, September 6th. Visitors can look forward to bringing an end to summer with a colorful sky display and the same 4th of July fun in September.
Pawleys Island Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade
Instead of just watching the parade go by, throw together your best make-shift float, and participate in the lineup! Pawleys Island 54th Annual Parade is open to the public and free to watch. Register for the parade on their website, the entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 day of the parade. This patriotic display starts at 9 am, Thursday, July 4th and winds all around the beautiful south end of the beach.
4th of July Independence Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
Run through Valor Park in The Market Common in honor of our veterans, active military, and the birth of our nation. Runners should come decked out in their best star-spangled gear between 6:45 and 7:25 am to check-in. The 5K starts at 7:00 am with staggered start times and the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:45 am. To register or for more information visit the NS Promotions site.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Broadway at the Beach – 2020 Canceled
We would typically say, “spend America’s birthday at one of the liveliest spots on the Grand Strand, Broadway at the Beach.” But this year Broadway at the Beach has decided to cancel the celebration due to COVID-19. Next year be sure to enjoy dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in Broadway like the new Grumpy Monk, Lucy Buffet’s Lulu’s, or Landry’s Seafood. Afterward, you and the family partake in kids activities, live music, and more. Stick around for the best par –the firework extravaganza! Look over Lake Broadway at 10 pm as the sky lights up with one of the best fireworks displays around.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk 4th of July Fireworks – 2020 Canceled
Normally Myrtle Beach Boardwalk celebrates Independence Day with an amazing display of fireworks from the Second Avenue Pier. This year they have announced that the show has been canceled in light of the current pandemic. We hope to see the show back in full force in 2021.
Barefoot Landing Fourth of July Fireworks – 2020 Canceled
Another open-air entertainment center has decided to cancel its 4th of July fireworks celebration due to COVID-19. Next year Barefoot Landing plans to resume their annual sky display over the lake. Be sure to check back for next year’s event details!