Flyover, fireworks, race planned for July 4 in Beaufort County

info@islandpacket.comJuly 3, 2013 

Festivities for Independence Day are planned throughout the day in Beaufort County. Here are details on some of the biggest events:

Salute from the Shore

A flyover of military aircraft along the South Carolina coast is expected to pass Beaufort County beaches at about 2 p.m.

When: The planes are estimated to pass Hunting Island at 2 p.m. and Hilton Head Island beaches at 2:06 p.m.

What: This year's flyover will feature vintage aircraft. The F-16 flyover that has typically been part of the salute was canceled due to sequestration. Beachgoers are encouraged to display American flags and wave and cheer while video is shot of the event from the air and ground.

More details: www.salutefromtheshore.org

Hilton Head Firecracker 5000

For runners, festivities begin in the morning with the Hilton Head Firecracker 5000, an annual road race and family fun walk.

When: The race begins at 8:05 a.m. Registration closes at 7:30 a.m.

Where: The race will begin at a new location, Jarvis Creek Park. The route goes along William Hilton Parkway briefly before turning down Jarvis Park Road. From there it follows Nature's Way, Pembroke Drive, Hatton Place and Lafayette Place.

What: Aside from the race, there will be a children's fun run, live music, a craft-beer garden, snacks, door prizes. More than 1,350 people have signed up for the race, and another 300 or so are expected to register Thursday.

How to get there: Parking is available at the Hilton Head school campuses. Allow 30 to 45 minutes to park and walk to the park.

More details: www.bearfootsports.com

Port Royal festivities

Because July 4 festivities at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island were canceled, Port Royal's celebration is the only northern Beaufort County Independence Day event.

When: Festivities start at 5 p.m. The Parris Island Marine Corps Band will play at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.

Where: The Sands beach, at the end of Sands Beach Road

What: The event will include fireworks, a bounce house, face painting, food, drinks, a deejay and a clown.

Any rules?: Much the same as in past years: No coolers. No pets are allowed this year because attendance is expected to be much higher than previous events.

How to get there: A shuttle will take people to The Sands beach as it travels Paris Avenue and London and Richmond avenues. Cars must be parked in designated areas or rights of way, or they may be towed.

Fireworks on Hilton Head

Fireworks are planned at three Hilton Head locations: Shelter Cove Harbour, Harbour Town in Sea Pines and on Skull Creek.

When: 9 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour, 9:15 p.m. at Harbour Town and 9:30 p.m. on Skull Creek

Shuttles to Shelter Cove Harbour: Parking is limited because of construction on the new Shelter Cover Towne Centre. Shuttles are available from 4:30 to 11 p.m. from Chaplin Community Park and the Hargray building on William Hilton Parkway. They will drop passengers off at Neptune Circle. Be prepared to wait a bit for rides back to the parking areas, officials say.

Related content:

Construction means shuttles for Shelter Cove fireworks, July 1, 2013

Sheriff's Office, Highway Patrol increasing patrols for July 4 in Beaufort County, July 1, 2013

Salute from the Shore to soar with vintage planes, May 13, 2013 Big pack of runners expected for annual Firecracker 5000 on Hilton Head, July 2, 2013

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