7 patriotic events celebrate American Independence Day on the Hammock Coast

13 Jun

7 patriotic events celebrate American Independence Day on the Hammock Coast

Whether you enjoy parades on land or water, live music concerts, fireworks, or all four, celebrating Independence Day on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast® has a lot to offer. Below are seven of the best options in the area:

Wave That Flag Festival in Pawleys Island

“Wave That Flag” is a festival of family fun, vendors, concerts, and sports celebrating America and the Fourth of July holiday. It features a spectacular laser light show sponsored by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, Georgetown County, and New South Brewing.

“Wave That Flag,” which is free of charge to attend and hosted by the Georgetown County Parks and Rec Department and coordinated by VibeTime, will be held on Monday, July 1, at Retreat Park in Pawleys Island. The event will be from 5 p.m. to sunset. The park is located at 633 Wildcat Way in the Litchfield community of Pawleys Island.

The Laser Light show, produced by Stone Entertainment, will beam over the heads of festival-goers, creating a dazzling display that will be set to a playlist featuring patriotic-themed music. Multiple fog machines will be used, as well, creating the appearance of a roof overhead, enhancing the visual experience for attendees.

The “Wave That Flag” event will also feature live music, food, vendors and even kickball games. 

For a full story about this new event, click here.

Murrells Inlet July 4th Boat Parade

The 40th annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Boats decorated in patriotic themes will start at the point of Garden City Beach and make their way through Murrells Inlet, along the waterfront. Lineup starts at 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Made in the U.S.A.”

Preferred viewing areas are along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, Belin United Methodist Church, and Morse Park Landing.

The parade committee would like to remind participants and spectators to protect our coastal wetlands and refrain from littering during this event. Boat and dock decorating participants are asked to avoid incorporating elements into their design that involve throwing objects into the water, including water balloons, which pollute the environment and are harmful to the local wildlife.

Commemorative T-shirts will be available, with proceeds benefiting the Belin United Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 396. For more information about the event or where to buy T-shirts, visit the event’s Facebook page at Murrells Inlet Boat Parade.

Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Murrells Inlet

Don’t miss the annual fireworks display over the scenic waterfront along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The show starts around 10 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Get there early to enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants along the MarshWalk. Take note: parking often fills up quickly, and there are usually crowds. For more information, visit the MarshWalk Facebook here.

Pawleys Island July 4th Parade

This fun community event allows residents and visitors alike to express their patriotism on Thursday, July 4. Visitors and locals alike parade down the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float – be it a boat, car, or flatbed truck – all of which will be decorated in a variety of themes incorporating red, white, and blue.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 4. To enter a float in the parade, stop by the Town Hall, 323 Myrtle Ave., Pawleys Island, to fill out an application. The cost to enter is $20 in advance, but the day of the parade, the fee is $30. Applications will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the day of the parade.

Trophy categories include Best Overall Float 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; Best House; and Best Dock. For more information, call 843-237-1698 or email Daniel at, or click here.

July 4th is a family tradition for many vacationers. Click here to read a story about three families who have, for generations, been visiting Pawleys Island every July 4th.

Patriotic Flyover along beaches

Crowds will gather on local beaches in Garden City, Litchfield, North Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Georgetown around 1 p.m. for the annual Salute From the Shore on Tuesday, July 4. A variety of military planes will fly along the entire South Carolina coastline to the thrill of patriotic crowds.

The estimated time of arrival for the planes is 1:04 p.m. for Murrells Inlet and 1:06 p.m. for Pawleys Island.

You can help support Salute From the Shore by doing any or all of these things:

  • Go “BIG” — Get a huge flag or get creative and head to the beach on July 4th in red, white, and blue.
  • Record your salute on camera and share it with the world – on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, a blog, or any other place you want.
  • Take photos during the event. Photos of the aircraft are great. Photos of people saluting aircraft are better.
  • Tag your Salute images and videos with #SalutefromtheShore
  • Make it personal. Whether you love someone serving overseas or remember a fallen hero, share your tribute. You can do that on this page:
  • Tell organizers what you think! Send your comments to

Independence Day Celebration: Pawleys Island Concert Band at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church

Experience live patriotic music played by Pawleys Island Concert Band at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island. The Pawleys Island Concert Band is a group of local musicians who perform throughout the area. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

Georgetown Indigo Choral Society Concert and July 4th fireworks

Spend Independence Day in historic Georgetown. On the lawn of the historic Kaminski House Museum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, you can experience a one-of-a-kind patriotic performance by the Indigo Choral Society.

Come out, bring a chair, your favorite snacks, and camp out on the lawn for the concert of beautiful music and stick around for a fireworks display.

Georgetown’s celebrated fireworks start at around 9:30 p.m. Directed by the Georgetown City Fire Department, fireworks will be set off at Morgan Park and can be seen from East Bay Park.

Compiled by Clayton Stairs / tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

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