Winners of Pawleys Island July 4th Parade showcase their patriotism
It was a gorgeous, sunny day on Sunday, July 4, for the annual Pawleys Island parade as dozens of floats, trucks, golf carts and more waved flags and displayed their patriotism on the main avenues of the island, a crown jewel of South Carolina’s Hammock Coast.
Before, during and after the event, five judges from the Town of Pawleys Island’s events committee worked diligently to choose winners, including 10 awards for parade entries, three for houses and three for docks.
Scott Townes, the lead judge, said the parade went very well. The other judges were Jordan Knight, Beth Ness, Marsha Harper and Rhoda Guess.
“It was a beautiful day and we had great participation,” Townes said. “I thought the floats people created this year were excellent. They were very original and patriotic, and there seemed to be a lot more floats this year, which is a good thing for the island.”
The awards were:
Best Overall 1st — #39 Tide Life
Best Overall 2nd — #50 Original Fire Truck
Best Overall 3rd — #4 Welch family
Best Children’s Float — #59
Honorable mention #1 — #42 Singing kids
Honorable mention #2 Best Music — #26-27
Most enthusiastic float — #30 Guess House
Most Humorous Float — #13 Trump-Biden
Most Original Float – Just Engaged
Most Patriotic Float — #54
Best House 1st — #191 Photo Booth
Best House 2nd — #201 Gardenia
Best House 3rd – Pelican Crossing (South End)
Best Dock 1st – Chic fil A
Best Dock 2nd – Fauci
Best Dock 3rd – We will Dock You
Attendees of the parade lined Myrtle and Atlantic avenues on Pawleys Island, eagerly awaiting the start of the parade. Near the old Town Hall and across from the new Town Hall was a popular gathering spot.
There, the Welch family was decked out in red, white and blue, hoping their children’s float would win a prize. They said it was the fourth year the children participated in the parade and they had a great design, with a palm tree in back and yellow in the front. The float, which was #4, won a Best Overall Award.
Freddie and Linda Matt of Pawleys Island were also being patient for the start of the parade. They said they have been coming to the parade to celebrate our nation’s independence since 2008.
“It is just a fun time, with amazing people showing their love for this country,” Freddie Matt said. “Every time has been a good time.”
Linda added, “The music, the excitement, that’s what I like!”
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Around 1 p.m. on July 4, folks on the Hammock Coast beaches were dazzled by the “Salute From the Shore,” a military flyover with several large and small aircraft, both modern and vintage.
Spectators were asked to wave flags and dress in patriotic attire. People could record their Salute on camera and share it with the world on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, a blog, etc.
The Salute From the Shore travels the entire South Carolina coast, starting in Horry County and ending in Beaufort County. The Hammock Coast offers some of the best viewing for the Salute, so residents and visitors alike at encouraged to gather on beaches in south Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island and DeBordieu Colony near historic Georgetown.
The Salute first began on July 4, 2010. Assisted by a C-17 from Charleston AFB, the event has grown in popularity each year.
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The 38th Annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade began at 3 p.m. Festively decorated boats cruised through the inlet and passed by patriotically decorated docks. The best viewing locations were along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, the Murrells Inlet Veterans’ Pier, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Jetty View Walk on the south end of the inlet.
The parade wound from Garden City Point through the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, all the way down to Hot Fish Club. The theme for the 2021 event was “Stars, Stripes and Fireworks.”
To encourage more participation, the committee decided to waive the boat entry fee this year, according to Lee Hewitt, co-chairman of the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade. Awards were not distributed this year either, he said.
The Hammock Coast’s largest fireworks show, the annual Fourth of July Fireworks on the Marsh Walk, started at 10 p.m. This family tradition was well-attended and many people stayed in the Marsh Walk area the whole day, enjoying live music and some of the best seafood in South Carolina.
NORTH LITCHFIELD BEACH
Golf Cart Parade
Residents and visitors of North Litchfield Beach and their golf carts were decked out in red, white and blue to participate in the annual Golf Cart Parade from 10 to 11 a.m. Not the largest July 4th event, this parade gave residents and visitors an opportunity to show their patriotism in a variety of designs.
Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort hosted an Independence Day Celebration event on Saturday, July 3, from 5-8 p.m. in the Magnolia Lawn & Courtyard. There was live music and a cookout, as well as kids activities and inflatables.
Kaminski House Concert on the Lawn
The Kaminski House Museum presented a 4th of July concert featuring the Indigo Choral Society on the lawn of the historic home starting at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of the concert included a Color Guard and songs from the American genre, Carolina-themed songs and a salute to the Armed Forces.
Participants were encouraged to bring lawn chairs, favorite snacks and beverages and celebrate a hometown Fourth of July.
This year’s fireworks in historic Georgetown began at 9:30 p.m. and launched from East Bay Park.
By Clayton Stairs/tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce
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