Fireworks and parades on July 4 in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand

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, salutefromtheshore.org, or email salute@salutefromtheshore.org.

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Horry County

  • 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 rmdavis@sccoast.net.
  • 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 www.facebook.com/Gardencitygolfcartparade/.
  • 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 croissants.net/2017-cupcake-contest/. 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 mbriverboat.com.
  • 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 www.surfsidebeach.org.
  • “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 TicketReturn.com 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 www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com.

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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 www.broadwayatthebeach.com);
  • 9:30 p.m. July 3-4 at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (843-272-8349 or www.bflanding.com); 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 (www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com).

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 www.gardencityrealty.com); Booty’s Outdoors (3908 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, 843-651-2593 or bootysoutdoors.com); and Marlin Quay Marina, 1508 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, 843-651-4444, or www.marlinquaymarina.com) – 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 (www.marshwalk.com)– Meet time to be announced for July 5 at Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group office, 4124 U.S. 17 Business (843-357-2007 or murrellsinletsc.com).
  • Seventh annual “Pawleys Island Fourth of July Evening Celebration,” with Pawleys Island Concert Band (843-274-5991 or www.pawleysislandconcertband.org), 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 www.kaminskimuseum.org), before Georgetown city fireworks, 9 p.m. downtown over Winyah Bay (www.historicgeorgetownsc.com).

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 www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.
  • 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 atravis@rrvet.com); 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 – www.wect.com), “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 dvann28461@lycos.com); Cape Fear Yacht Club Commodores Regatta, 2 p.m. (free registration form at capefearyachtclub.com/sailing); and fireworks, 9 p.m. 910-457-5578 or www.nc4thofjuly.com.

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