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Fourth of July celebrations in the Lowcountry

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Looking for something to do on the Fourth of July or wondering where and when the fireworks are? Here's where to celebrate in the Lowcountry.


The annual Salute from the Shore, a flyover of vintage planes to salute the armed forces, will be visible in the afternoon from Hunting Island and Hilton Head Island beaches.

There are three segments of the flyover; planes are grouped by speed. Planes will be visible on Hunting Island from 1:51 p.m. to 2:04 p.m. They will be visible on Hilton Head beaches from 1:58 p.m. to 2:14 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a flag -- the bigger the better -- and wear red, white and blue. Videos and pictures can be posted on the group's Facebook timeline,, or emailed to



Fireworks: You've got three options.

  • The annual Skull Creek fireworks display, launched from a barge in the creek, will begin at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Live entertainment will start at 6 p.m. at Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, Chart House and Skull Creek Boathouse. Food and drinks will be available at all three locations; coolers are not allowed. Free parking and shuttle service will be available from 6 to 10 p.m. from the Boys & Girls Club on Gum Tree Road. Details: 843-681-2772, ext. 100
  • HarbourFest, which occurs every summer evening at Shelter Cove Harbour, will also have fireworks, food and other activities. Shannon Tanner, a family entertainer and HabourFest fixture, will perform. Fireworks will be shot over Broad Creek and start at dusk. Free shuttles will run to HarbourFest from 5 to 11 p.m. Park at the Hargray building along U.S. 278 or at the lot at Chaplin Park on Singleton Beach Road.
  • Fireworks at Harbour Town by The Sea Pines Resort start around 9 p.m. July 4. Festivities will take place beforehand.
  • Race: The 29th Hilton Head Firecracker race and fun walk will begin at 8 a.m. July 4 from Jarvis Creek Park. The 5K race also includes a children's fun run and a post-race celebration with live music, a beer garden, refreshments and door prizes.

    Parking is available at the Hilton Head Island school campuses. Allow 30 to 45 minutes to park and walk to the park. Runners should plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. Registration is available for $40 on race day.

    Concert: Souls Harbor will perform at the July 4th Super Summer Jams concert, hosted by the Island Recreation Association, at Shelter Cove Community Park. The concert, which will be begin at 7 p.m. and end when the fireworks begin at dusk, is free.

    The event begins at 6 p.m. and will include kids' zones with inflatable slides and bounce houses. Concessions will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the association's scholarship fund.

    Details: 843- 681-7273 or

    For the kids: The Sandbox: An Interactive Children's Museum will celebrate the Fourth of July with "POP! Goes the Sandbox" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4. There will be fun and games, patriotic arts and crafts, cookies, a bounce house and face painting. The event is free for Sandbox members, $6 for adults and children and $5 for seniors and active military. The Sandbox is at 18-A Pope Ave.

    Details: 843-842-7645 or

    At The Sea Pines Resort: The annual Sea Pines Fourth of July parade is at 8:30 a.m. July 4. Show off your red, white and blue spirit by decorating your bicycle, wagon, do, or kids for a parade around Harbour Town. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30 a.m. to register and pick up decorating supplies. Lineup begins at 9:30am, and entries will be judged on patriotism. Supplies are available to the first 100 registered families. Following the parade, join us for carnival games, activities and more.

    Gregg Russell’s classic concert will be from 8 to 9 p.m. July 4 under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town.

    Details: 843-842-1979


    For the kids: The Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. July 4. Children, families and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    Bring decorated bikes and strollers and bring any instruments you play. Gather at 10 a.m. at The Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street in Old Town. The parade will end on Lawton Street.


    Fireworks: The town of Port Royal and the Historic Port Royal Foundation will present a fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. July 4 at the Sands Beach.

    The Parris Island Marine Band will perform a mix of patriotic and popular music beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    The town's festivities, which include inflatables, water slides, face painting, clowns and food, begin at 5 p.m.

    There will be no fireworks display at Parris Island again this year.


    Fireworks: Savannah's Fourth of July celebration is centered on River Street. The full event, which features arts and crafts exhibitors, live music and local entertainment acts, begins at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at about 9 p.m.

    The festival continues on July 5 and 6.



    Honor a Founding Father: The 28th annual Patriotic Pilgrimage to the tomb of Thomas Heyward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, will be held at 10 a.m. July 5.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Dr. George Mosse (Hilton Head) and the Governor Paul Hamilton (Beaufort) Chapters of the State Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

    The speaker will be Smitty Cooler, who was instrumental in helping the state set up the Heritage Trail along the Savannah River. The Color Guard of the NJROTC unit from Hilton Head Island High School will present the colors.

    The event is located on Rt. 462 in Ridgeland on the right, before you come to the flashing light at "Coolers" Exxon station. Turn right into the driveway at the historical marker. Bring a lawn chair, water and bug spray and wear comfortable shoes.

    After the ceremony, there will be a lunch at Jasper's Porch in Ridgeland.

    Details: Atlee Compher, 843-681-5457

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