Here in the Lowcountry, we take Independence Day seriously.
There are a ton of events this Tuesday to celebrate America in all the right ways around Beaufort County. But when it comes to the fireworks displays, you’ll want to strategically position yourself for an optimal viewing situation where you’ll see several displays light up the sky in different directions.
Here’s six spots (with maps included!) to help you plan for an amazing Fourth of July.
Fireworks display: At sunset from Skull Creek.
Why it’s awesome: Grab a drink or dinner at one of the two best seafood restaurants on Hilton Head and sit back and relax as fireworks light up the sky over the water. Don’t miss the live music with Andrew Velez Band from 7 to 10 p.m.
You might be able to see: Shelter Cove’s display to the south and Parris Island’s display to the north.
Details: Be sure to park at Hudson’s or the Skull Creek parking lot a few hours before the event.
Rooftop Bar at Poseidon / Shelter Cove
Fireworks: Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina will set off fireworks at dusk from Broad Creek
Why it’s awesome: After last year’s disaster (when there was no fireworks display as promised), Shelter Cove won’t be messing around this Fourth of July and should bring one of the best displays in the Lowcountry. Poseidon is Hilton Head’s only rooftop bar, which promises excellent views of the fireworks bursting over Broad Creek. You’ll also get a great view of this display from any restaurant in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina.
You might be able to see: From the rooftop bar, you might be able to see Harbour Town’s display to the south and Skull Creek’s display to the north.
Fireworks: 9 p.m. over the Calibogue Sound
Why it’s awesome: Harbour Town will be lit — literally— and the lighthouse will be at its best.
Details: There is a $6 gate fee to enter the resort (unless you are a resident or guest staying on the resort), and a free shuttle service will be offered between Harbour Town and various parking lots in the Sea Pines Resort.
You might also see: Shelter Cove’s display to the north and Tybee displays to the south.
Sea Pines South Beach/ South Beach Marina
Fireworks: There’s no actual display in this area, but a great spot on the island to see fireworks light up the Lowcountry sky.
Why it’s awesome: South Beach is one of Hilton Head’s best beaches and it’s rarely crowded.
What you’ll see: Displays from Tybee Island to the South, Harbour Town to the East, and Shelter Cove to the North. You might even see Savannah fireworks displays if the sky is clear.
Details: There is a $6 gate fee to enter Sea Pines (unless you are a resident or guest staying on the resort). For the general public who can’t access the beach, Salty Dog Cafe in South Beach Marina is an excellent viewing spot if you can’t get to the beach.
Fireworks: After Sunset over the river
Why it’s awesome: The Port Royal Sands is one of the most popular, unique beaches in the Lowcountry, and it’s position just north of Parris Island and south of Beaufort makes for excellent Fourth of July views.
You might also see: Parris Island’s display to the south.
Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. (ish) from the Marine Depot
Why it’s awesome: The Parris Island Independence Day celebration is free and open to the public and will begin at 5 p.m. July 4. The event features a performance by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot band at 6:30 p.m.
You might also see: Port Royal’s display to the north, and Hilton Head displays to the south.
For the ultimate Lowcountry Fourth of July, rent a kayak or boat (or book a charter boat), and see the fireworks from the Calibogue Sound, Port Royal Sound, or Broad Creek. You won’t be disappointed.