Summer is approaching fast and a favorite summer holiday for a beach trip is the 4th of July! There are so many different fun activities to partake in from parades to extravagant fireworks displays and more! We’ve put together a list of Myrtle Beach 4th of July things to do that’s sure to make your Independence Day one to remember.
Run a Race on Independence Day
The Market Common holds its annual Independence Day 5k race to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The races begin at 7:30 AM for all runners and starts and ends at Valor Park. If you’re interested in racing it is $33 to register for the 5k and $20 to register for the 1-mile run. Visit the Independence Day 8K website for more information about registration.
Plan a Family 4th of July Picnic
Myrtle Beach has two beautiful state parks with beach access that have picnic shelters available for renting, Huntington Beach State Park, and Myrtle Beach State Park.
Reserve one of the shelters for $75-200/day and plan a red, white, and blue themed picnic for friends and family. The state parks are a great place to spend Independence Day, they not only have access to the beach but they also have other outdoor activities like fishing, a playground, nature trails, and biking.
Watch a 4th of July Parade
The Grand Strand has two parades on the south end that are definitely worth making the drive to celebrate.
Murrells Inlet Boat Parade
The Murrells Inlet Boat Parade typically starts at noon from Garden City Point down to Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Watch as red, white, and blue decked out boats parade down the road and compete for most spirited or best decorated. If you want to participate in the parade, you can register your boat for $5 at Garden City Realty.
Annual Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade
Unlike any other, the floats in this star-spangled parade come in all shapes and sizes. Golf carts, boats, cars, and trucks get all decked out in patriot decor to bring you the Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade. Pawleys Island 4th of July parade begins at 9 AM.
Head to a Festival
Surfside Beach throws one of the biggest 4th bashes on the Grand Strand, and it’s definitely one you won’t want to miss. Head down to Surfside from 6-10 PM for live music, family entertainment, and an unforgettable fireworks display.
Salute From the Shore
A favorite among locals and tourists is when the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base fly over the beach in honor of our nation’s birthday! Look to the sky at 1 PM and throw a salute to the F-16s flying overhead.
Last, but certainly not least, is a 4th of July favorite –the fireworks! Myrtle Beach 4th of July fireworks shows can practically be seen from just about anywhere, but here is a list of exact locations and times.
Cherry Grove Pier – show starts at 9:30 PM
Barefoot Landing – show starts at 10 PM
Broadway at the Beach – show starts at 10 PM
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – show starts post-game on July 3
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk – show starts at 10 PM