4th of July in South Carolina
4th of July in the Palmetto State
South Carolina’s a great place to be for July 4th weekend! Have you already made plans for a road trip around Independence Day? Here are some ideas, right here in SC:
- Lake Murray: The area has been voted one of the ten best places to live in the whole country, and for good reason. Their 4th of July celebration features a boat parade and climaxes with a great fireworks display after sunset. There are plenty of great places to take in the fireworks, and everyone is encouraged to decorate their boat and enter the parade.
- Ninety-Six: Of course the site of the Revolutionary War’s first big military engagement in the South is a great spot to celebrate the Fourth. Ninety-Six features live music, amusement rides, vendors, festival food, a car show and much more, with a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The festivities will take place at the National Historic Site of Star Fort Battle Site.
- Cheraw: It may be off the beaten track, but Cheraw has a lot to offer on Independence Day weekend. The kids will love the parade (complete with prizes for best-decorated bikes and wagons), along with food vendors, games and rides and (of course) fireworks at dusk. While you’re there, be sure to visit Cheraw’s historic attractions, such as Lyceum Museum, Old St. David’s Church, Town Hall, and the Cheraw Chamber of Commerce.
- Hilton Head: For over three decades now, Hilton Head has been home to one of the top ten races in the state of South Carolina, with over 1,700 participants showing up for the Annual Firecracker 5k Run and Family Fun Walk. Post-race activities include a children’s fun run, door prizes, live music, food, refreshments and more.
- Charleston: You really don’t want to miss the 4th in Charleston! The 4th of July Blast at Patriots Pointe includes a spectacular fireworks show, live music from a beach-music band and a fun shoreside party. You can spend $35 and have full run of the flight deck, with food and drink available for purchase, or $100 gets you full VIP access with a catered BBQ dinner, table and chairs at the ship’s bow, comp drinks from the bar and more.
- Pawleys Island: Have you got ideas for a truck, car, boat or even a golf cart that could be decked out 4th of July-style? You might want to enter in the Pawleys Island 4th of July parade! The parade goes from 10 am to noon on the Fourth, and you can either register in advance or on that day (registration fee is $15 in advance, $20 on the day of). It’s a 53-year-old tradition for the entire family!
- Murrells Inlet: This community is home to another boat parade, beginning at noon on the 4th. The parade winds its way from Garden City Point to the Hot Fish Club, right through the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. It’s only five dollars to register, and pre-registration is available through July 1 at Marlin Quay Marina, Booty’s Outdoors or Garden City Realty. Registration is also available up until one hour before the parade (which starts at noon). You can enjoy live music in the restaurants nearby, with a spectacular fireworks display at 10 pm.
So…does this list give you some ideas? You’ve still got some lead time to plan out a 4th of July road trip for the family!