Myrtle Beach is a popular resort destination all year-long, but summertime is prime time for sun, sand, sea and family-fun attractions.
It all culminates on the 4th of July, when the Grand Strand comes alive with dazzling firework displays, parades and live entertainment to celebrate our country’s independence, South Carolina-style.
If you’re planning to visit the Myrtle Beach area over the Independence Day weekend, here’s a quick list of some the many festivities that are not to be missed!
Independence Day Spectacular at Broadway on the Beach: Celebrate 4th of July at Myrtle Beach at the renowned Broadway on the Beach, home to award-winning attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium, live entertainment theater shows, dozens of boutiques and shops, restaurants and nightclubs, carnival-style rides on the waterfront, and much more. Broadway on the Beach is Myrtle Beach’s centerpiece attraction, so it only makes sense that it would also host the beachside resort’s annual fireworks extravaganza, which gets under way at 10 p.m.
Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration: Want an oceanfront fireworks view? Head down to the small seaside community of Surfside Beach and enjoy a family-friendly evening of live entertainment on the Surfside Beach pier starting at 6 p.m., followed by colorful fireworks exploding over the waves of the blue Atlantic at 10 p.m.
July 4th Fireworks at Barefoot Landing: Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing is a shopping and entertainment complex featuring live shows, unique attractions, an array of dining and nightlife venues and even one of the largest reptile parks in the world! And while Barefoot Landing wows visitors with a nightly fireworks display all summer long, they put on an even bigger and brighter show on July 4th, of course! Fireworks go off at 10:15, so come early and spend the afternoon exploring all that Barefoot Landing has to offer each member of your family.
32nd Annual Boat Parade at Murrell’s Inlet: a local July 4th tradition at Murell’s Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach. Check out the lively scene as a colorful parade of boats make their way from Garden Point to Murell’s Inlet decked out to “Red, White & Southern,” the theme of this year’s parade. The parade kicks off at noon, so get there early to enjoy the best parade views at Marshwalk, Belin Methodist Church and Jetty View Walk.
Afterwards, stick around and enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of the many excellent Murell Inlet eateries that line the downtown Marshwalk, and stay for the spectacular shorefront fireworks scheduled to start at 10 p.m. You’ll have a great view from anywhere in Marshwalk or at Belin Methodist Church, the Jetty View and Morse Park Landing.
Georgetown July 4 Celebration: get a historical perspective on the 4th of July at historic Georgetown, the third-oldest seaport in the country that was founded by the English in 1732. Feel history come alive as you stroll cobblestone streets and explore the oak-lined avenues of its central historic district. Centuries-old buildings along the town’s picturesque waterfront have mostly been converted into restaurants, bars and boutique shops, and are a great place to shop and stop in for a bite. Spend the day sightseeing, grab dinner and hang out to watch the fireworks display at 9 p.m. in this charming seaport town.