If you’re looking for a great vacation destination for the Fourth of July, Myrtle Beach is the place! 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, holiday-themed events and firework displays happening around the beach this Fourth of July:
Myrtle Beach Fireworks on the 4th of July 2021
All along the Grand Strand this year, massive fireworks displays will fill the skies with bursts of beautiful colors. If you are staying anywhere between North Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, there will be fireworks nearby that you and your family can enjoy. We have arranged these events from the north end of the Grand Strand to the south.
Cherry Grove Pier 4th of July Fireworks
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 firework show starting at 9:30 p.m. There will also be Fourth of July celebrations taking place at the pier throughout the day starting at 10:00 a.m. Check out the Cherry Grove Pier Facebook page for more details.
Barefoot Landing 4th of July Fireworks
Fireworks return to Barefoot Landing for 2021. As part of their annual SummerFest series, visitors can groove to live music on the Dockside Village Amphitheater Stage from 7:00-10:00 p.m. then enjoy a special patriotic fireworks show starting at 10:00 p.m. Live music may also be enjoyed at Crooked Hammock Brewery starting at 4:00 p.m. and at LuLu’s starting at 5:00 p.m. Find more information on Barefoot Landing’s event calendar.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Fourth of July Fireworks
The Myrtle Beach City Government has announced that the Fourth of July fireworks are back for 2021. This free show celebrating Independence Day will be visible up and down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with its epicenter at the 2nd Avenue Pier. This amazing display of fireworks starts at 10:00 p.m.
4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Broadway at the Beach
Spend America’s birthday at one of the liveliest spots on the Grand Strand, Broadway at the Beach! Before the show, enjoy dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants at Broadway, like Grumpy Monk, Wahlburgers or Landry’s Seafood. There will also be family-fun events throughout the evening including strolling entertainers, LED dancers and special character appearances.
Be sure to stick around for the best part of the night – the fireworks extravaganza! Look over Lake Broadway at 10:00 p.m. as the sky lights up with one of the best fireworks displays in town. See the full details of the day’s festivities on Broadway’s event calendar.
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks
The MarshWalk of Murrells Inlet is excited to announce the return of their annual Fourth of July Fireworks for 2021. At 10:00 p.m., the sky will fill with bursts of red, white and blue for a 20-minute fireworks display. Before the show, guests can enjoy live music and delicious food at one of the eight restaurants and bars along the MarshWalk.
More Fourth of July Events in Myrtle Beach 2021
Beyond the amazing fireworks displays found up and down the Grand Strand, there will be many Fourth of July themed events taking place during the holiday weekend. From golf cart parades to 5K races, there is an event for everyone in the family.
12th Annual Salute from the Shore – July 4, 2021
One of the unique events at the beach every Fourth of July is the Salute from the Shore flyover. This year’s annual flyover parade features two F-16s from the Shaw Air Force Base, one Military C-17 from the Charleston Air Force Base and a civilian-owned vintage P51.
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, the Salute from the Shore flyover parade will be visible from your nearby beach access point. So grab the family, dress in your red, white & blue and come out to see this amazing patriotic salute.
Don’t forget to share your salute videos and pictures on social media using #SalutefromtheShore. Here is the approximate schedule with the F-16s time listed first and the C-17 time second. The P51 is slower than the other plans and will fly over later in the afternoon, continuing the salute.
- Cherry Grove—1:00 and 1:05 p.m.
- Myrtle Beach—1:03 and 1:06 p.m.
- Pawleys Island—1:06 and 1:14 p.m.
- The Isle of Palms—1:15 and 1:29 p.m.
- Charleston Harbor—1:16 and 1:32 p.m.
- Folly Beach—1:20 and 1:35 p.m.
Murrells Inlet Boat Parade—July 4, 2021
Take a short drive south to Murrells Inlet to enjoy the 38th Annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade. Each year, boats from around the region deck out in their best red, white and blue and float from the Garden City Point, through the inlet, finally ending at Morse Park Landing. This year’s event begins at 3:00 p.m., and the theme is Stars, Stripes and Fireworks.
Grab your clan and head to one of the popular viewing spots like the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Belin United Methodist Church or Morse Park Landing. Check out the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest details or to purchase your t-shirt for this year’s event.
Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade – July 4, 2021
Pawleys Island’s 54th Annual Fourth of July Parade is open to the public and free to watch. Sit back and enjoy the parade or create your own float to join in the fun. Create a makeshift float out of a boat, car, golf cart or flatbed truck – whatever you have with wheels!
Float-creators can register for the parade at Pawleys Island’s Town Hall on Myrtle Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the parade. This patriotic display starts at 10:00 a.m., on Sunday, July 4th and winds all around the beautiful south end of Pawleys Island.
12th Annual Myrtle Beach Independence Day 5K – July 3, 2021
In honor of our veterans, active military and the birth of our nation, join this scenic run through the Market Common, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Runners are encouraged to wear their best star-spangled gear and to check in at the NS Promos tent upon arrival if they wish to be considered for the costume contest. Registration for the race ends on July 2nd at 1:00 p.m. To register for the event or find more information, visit the NS Promotions site.
Red, White & Blue 5K – July 4th
Runners, walkers and strollers are invited to join the Red, White & Blue 5K taking place this year at Barefoot Landing. The USATF certified course takes runners around Barefoot Landing, the House of Blues and the Alabama Theatre. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive 4th of July attire for the occasion and to check-in at the NS Promos tent before the start of the race to be considered for additional prizes. Registration ends on Saturday, July 3rd at 1:00 p.m. To register for the race or find more information, visit the NS Promotions site.
Surfside Beach Fourth of July Celebrations – July 4, 2021
Grab the kids and head to “the Family Beach” of Surfside for a full day of fun, entertainment and live music. On July 4th, the Town of Surfside Beach will start their Independence Day festivities with the 2nd Annual Golf Cart Parade. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. and will run north on Ocean Blvd from Melody Lane to 16th Ave N.
Continuing the patriotic celebrations, a 4th of July Celebration Party will be held at the W.O. “Bill” Martin Field, located at 8th Ave S between Dogwood Dr. and Lakeside Dr. Festivities are from 6:00-10:00 p.m.