Glowing with Joy

April 2019
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival will light up The Market Common

The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival will set the night aglow at Grand Park at The Market Common on Saturday, April 13.

This magical night is like nothing Myrtle Beach has ever seen. The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival is all about celebrating the good and bright things in life. Head to Grand Park at The Market Common, where a few hours before sunset there will be vendors, delicious food trucks, games, kids’ activities and great (carefully curated) live music.

As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, thousands of lanterns will be launched onto the water, illuminating the night and unifying hopes and dreams. Stemming from Eastern traditions, the water lanterns will be launched in remembrance of loved ones and to celebrate the hope in new beginnings. The beauty and tranquility of the lantern display as it twinkles on the water is inspiring. Attendees will receive a floating lantern, as well as a decoration kit. This will enable them to customize their lanterns to themselves, write a special message or honor a loved one who has passed. Glow sticks will also be provided to add some additional color and light to the beautiful night.

The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival is also committed to the environment. Their team is trained to recover every lantern released into the water, so you can enjoy the event with no worries. The staff commits to a sustainable initiative and works to uphold, clean and restore each waterfront the event visits. The lanterns are made of a bamboo base, four bamboo dowels and a rice paper lantern, which makes them safe and sustainable.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with the lantern launch taking place after sunset, from 8:30–9:30 p.m. This event is all about connection with others—loved ones both past and present—and bringing more love and hope into your own life. You’ll walk away with a new appreciation for those you care about the most.

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival
5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13

Grand Park at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach
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Photograph Courtesy of the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival