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National Hammock Day celebration set at Litchfield Visitor Center

15 Jul

National Hammock Day celebration set at Litchfield Visitor Center

It’s once again time to get in the swing of things for National Hammock Day, and where better to do that than South Carolina’s Hammock Coast?

The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and the Hammock Coast will celebrate National Hammock Day with a four-hour event on Friday, July 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that will feature free food, games and Hammock Coast prizes, including authentic Pawleys Island Hammocks.

To be held at the official Visitor Center at 28 Wall St. in the Litchfield community of Pawleys Island, the Hammock Day celebration will include a chance to win official Pawleys Island rope hammocks, courtesy of The Original Hammock Shop, a Hammock Coast institution since 1938.

Beginning at 11 a.m., a hammock will be given away each hour.

Four people will win an Original Rope Hammock at the event.
(Photo by Chris Rogers/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

A grand-prize package, to be awarded at 2 p.m., will include a rope hammock, two Hammock Coast T-shirts, four one-day passes to Brookgreen Gardens, a gift certificate to Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and more.

In addition to the prizes, Chamber of Commerce staff members will be handing out free official Hammock Coast T-shirts and other Hammock Coast-branded swag, while supplies last.

This is the fourth year that the Chamber and Hammock Coast tourism leaders have hosted a special recognition event on National Hammock Day.

To enter for a chance to win prizes, people only need to swing by the Visitor Center in Litchfield and fill out a registration form during the Friday event. No purchase is required, and you do not have to be present to win.

Some Chamber-member food vendors will also be on hand to celebrate National Hammock Day by providing free treats to the first 100 visitors.

Kona Ice of Georgetown will offer shaved ice treats in a variety of flavors — perfect on a sunny Hammock Coast summer’s day. Smoothie King will be serving up delicious smoothies, too, from the company’s food truck. And there will be coffee and popcorn provided by Koffee Kamp. Pawleys Island Bakery will be providing its famous cookies, as well.

A visitor to the 2021 Hammock Day celebration gets a violin lesson
from a member of the Long Bay Symphony.
(Photo by Mark A. Stevens/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

The Long Bay Symphony is returning this year with its popular touch-and-play instruments, allowing children — and adults, too — a chance to play violins and other instruments.

New York Life will provide free Child IDs.

On the lawn of the Visitor Center, attendees can enjoy music from EASY Radio while relaxing in the shade in the perfect beach chairs provided by two of the Hammock Coast’s busiest and best beach-centric members: Cabana Boy Beach Services and Seaside Chairs and Umbrellas.

Kids of all ages can meet Scrubby, the mascot from Scrubby’s Car Wash, and Forest the Squirrel, the official mascot of the Georgetown County Parks and Rec Department. 

“We are really excited to once again welcome both local residents and our valued tourists to celebrate our namesake day with us,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Chamber and the Hammock Coast. “We have some never-before-available official Hammock Coast merchandise to showcase. And by the end of the day, we will have given away four hammocks to some lucky winners!”

Two girls show off a prize they won at last year’s event.
(Photo by Mark A. Stevens/Georgetown County Chamber)

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is one of the Palmetto State’s top tourist destinations. Generations of visitors have made Georgetown County their preferred vacation spot. Buoyed by its large selection of vacation rental condos and homes and wide-open, pristine beaches, the Hammock Coast beaches — Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – southern Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before. — routinely make the best-of lists from various media outlets.

In addition to the beaches, people are drawn to the Hammock Coast for its nature-centric pastimes such as fishing, boating, kayaking and more. Historic sites, such as Hopsewee Plantation, the Kaminski House, Brookgreen Gardens and Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park, are also popular must-do activities for visitors of all ages.

“Celebrating National Hammock Day with residents and visitors every year is nothing but fun for our staff,” said Beth Stedman, president and CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber. “We love showcasing our community and the day set aside to highlight the hammock — the namesake of our county’s tourism moniker. Nothing says rest and relaxation like a hammock, and nothing says the perfect vacation more than the Hammock Coast.”

The official Visitor Center is located at 28 Wall St. in the Litchfield community of Pawleys Island and located just outside the gate access to the Litchfield By the Sea resort. 

For more information about the Hammock Coast, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Or call 843-546-8436.