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Salute from the Shore Military Flyover, South Carolina Beaches
It’s not a bird, but it is a plane. Look skyward to see a wave of F-16s flown by “The Gamblers” of the 20th Fighter Wing unit currently stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. This flyover of the South Carolina coast is the perfect salute to our country. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue as you stand along the beach for the show, which honors our armed forces deployed around the world.
(803) 730-9289. Visit Salute from the Shore’s website for more information, salutefromtheshore.org
Independence Day 8K/5K Run
The Fourth is about celebrating our independence, and what better way to kick off the day with a freeing morning run? Now in its third year, the Independence Day Run offers a 1 mile, 5K or 8K option. An impressive 452 people participated in 2011’s event, so don’t miss your chance to run like the wind and celebrate your country.
7 a.m. at The Market Common. (843) 712-2618. See website for registration and price information, www.independenceday8k.com
Celebrate our independence at Barefoot Landing. Take the chance to grab some food or drinks, browse in some shops and celebrate America in style. This gorgeous exhibit of light and sound over the lake is something to be remembered.
10:15 p.m. at Barefoot Landing, 4898 U.S. 17 S. North Myrtle Beach. (843) 272-8349,
North Myrtle Beach July Fourth Celebration
Held at the Cherry Grove fishing pier, North Myrtle Beach celebrates its 19th year of annual fireworks as everyone celebrates the 236th year of our country’s independence. Be sure to bring a chair (and your family) and get ready for some stunning patriotic pyrotechnics.
9:30 p.m. at Cherry Grove Pier. (866) 805-5642, www.nmbevents.com
16th Annual Battleship Blast, Wilmington
This popular event, with primary viewing from downtown, is produced by Pyro Shows, an award-winning pyrotechnics company. Those viewing the show along the river can tune in to WGNI 102.7 FM to get an accompanying broadcast of patriotic tunes. If you can’t attend, you can check out the event streaming live on WECT TV-6.
9 p.m., downtown Wilmington. (910) 251-5797, www.battleshipnc.com
Boat Parade and Fireworks Display
Murrells Inlet’s patriotic tradition kicks off in the morning with the 29th Annual Boat Parade. This year’s theme, “Red, White & View! Inlet-Style Tried and True” is sure to yield some impressively decorated watercrafts. The evening will include a stunning firework display.
Boat Parade begins at 10 a.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. (843) 357-2000, murrellsinletsc.com
Surfside Beach Fourth of July
Head to the parking lot at the Surfside Pier and turn your eyes to the sky. Relax, enjoy the weather and take in a spectacular light show.
6–10 p.m., Surfside Pier Parking Lot. (843) 913-6111, surfsidebeach.org
Start your Independence Day celebration early with festivities in downtown Conway and Riverfront Park. Featuring live entertainment in two stage areas, children’s activities, boat and golf cart parades and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday.
8–11 p.m. Friday, June 29, and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. (843) 248-2273, www.conwayscchamber.com/riverfest