The skies over Hilton Head Island will be a little less bright this summer.
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour will have a reduced fireworks schedule due to a combination of declining sponsorship revenue and increased event costs, organizers announced Tuesday.
Instead of featuring fireworks on 12 Tuesdays as in summers past, this year's rendition will have them on eight consecutive Tuesdays in addition to the traditional, expanded July 4 display, according to a news release.
"HarbourFest has become an islandwide event and a great summer tradition on Hilton Head Island for more than 20 years," John Betts, assistant vice president of resort operations at Greenwood Communities and Resorts and property manager for the Shelter Cove Harbour Merchants Association, said in the release.
"However, we need additional support from the community to keep the fireworks going."
Tentative dates are June 22 and 29; July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and August 3 and 10.
The celebrations also will also feature live entertainment by Shannon Tanner as well as food, arts and crafts.
Although many longtime HarbourFest sponsors and vendors continue to contribute, others have eliminated their contributions, according to the release.
Organizers plan to continue to evaluate plans for this summer and for the future and are encouraging local businesses to contribute.
For more information about participating as a sponsor or vendor, call Linda Mock at 843-785-1106.