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How to celebrate Fourth of July in Beaufort County

Fireworks light up the sky of The Sands beach in Port Royal in 2009.
Fireworks light up the sky of The Sands beach in Port Royal in 2009. File/The Beaufort Gazette

Fireworks above beaches and waterways, a pilgrimage and a patriotic concert are among the events planned across Beaufort County to celebrate the 235th anniversary of our nation's independence.

Here's a list of Fourth of July events planned across Beaufort County:



  • The 25th Patriot Pilgrimage to the tomb of Thomas Heyward Jr., a South Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heyward's tomb in Ridgeland. Anne Heyward, descendant of Heyward and historian of the Thomas Heyward Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will discuss "The Accomplishments of Thomas Heyward Jr." Posting of colors will be provided by the Hilton Head Island High School Navy JROTC Color Guard. Special guests will include members from South Carolina Societies of Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames XVII Century and the Heritage Society of Beaufort. Co-sponsored by the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter and the Dr. George Mosse Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the event will feature the laying of the tomb wreath.
  • The road to the tomb is at Old House Plantation, on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is off S.C. 336 near Cooler's Store and the Old House Smoke House Restaurant in Jasper County. Bring a chair, water and insect repellent. Participants are invited to a buffet lunch after the ceremony at Jasper's Porch in Ridgeland.

    Details: 843-524-1256

    Hilton Head Island

  • The Hilton Head Island Tea Party is sponsoring an Independence Day 2011 Celebration from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual & Performing Arts Center on 70 Wilborn Road. The event will feature a parade, patriotic music and videos, family activities, a tribute to the country's fallen heroes, and guest speakers, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and S.C. Senator Tom Davis. Dr. Martin Lifer of Providence Presbyterian Church will conduct the invocation and the Rev. Ben Williams of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will conduct the benediction.
  • Details: Kate Keep, 843-816-1806, kkeep@roadrunner.com, www.teapartyhhi.org

  • The Sandbox, An Interactive Children's Museum will celebrate "Pop Goes the Sandbox!" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The barbecue picnic includes crafts, carnival games, scavenger hunts, bounce house and other activities for kids. Tickets are $10 a person (free for children younger than 2); $8 for museum members. The Sandbox is at 18-A Pope Ave.
  • Details: Caroline Rinehart, crinehart@thesandbox.org, 843-842-7645; www.thesandbox.org


  • The Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday in front of the Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street. Participants are invited to decorate strollers, bikes and other items and join the fun. The parade route is three blocks long, ending at Lawrence Street.
  • Details: 843-757-3855

    Coastal flyover

  • Beachgoers can salute the troops and possibly even be on video during the second annual Salute from the Shore flyover Monday. Four Air Force F-16 Vipers will start at the coast of the North Carolina border at 1 p.m. and fly south, covering every beach in South Carolina and end at 1:20 p.m. The low altitude flyover hopes to capture on camera -- from land and from the air -- 1 million people showing their patriotism. Beachgoers are encouraged to create super-sized salutes for troops. A helicopter will video the crowd in certain areas. Participants are asked to submit their own patriotic videos, pictures and comments to salute@salutefromtheshore.org, www.facebook.com/SalutefromtheShore.
  • This year Fripp Island beachgoers will be waving 1,500 flags purchased through the "Fripp Supports Wounded Warriors" campaign to benefit the Independence Fund.

    Details: www.salutefromtheshore.org


    Hilton Head Island

  • Harbour Town will celebrate with children's activities, live music, food and beverages, and a fireworks display. The fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m. (dusk) from a barge in Calibogue Sound. There is a $5 gate fee for entrance into Sea Pines, and a free shuttle service will be offered between Harbour Town and various parking lots within Sea Pines. No coolers are permitted.
  • Details: 843-785-3333, www.seapines.com

  • Shelter Cove's HarbourFest celebration will feature patriotic selections performed by Shannon Tanner at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Free children's activities include Cappy the Clown, bounce houses and face painting. The fireworks display will begin after dusk.
  • Details: 800-827-3006, www.palmettodunes.com

  • The Skull Creek Community Fireworks celebration features fireworks launched from a barge on Skull Creek starting at 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. at Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, Chart House and the Skull Creek Boathouse. Free parking and a shuttle service will be offered from the Hilton Head Island Boys & Girls Club on Gumtree Road.
  • Details: 843-681-2772, www.hudsonsonthedocks.com

    Parris Island

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island invites the public to its annual Fourth of July Celebration with gates opening at 5 p.m. Monday. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. at the Parade Deck.
  • The event features the Parris Island band, a clown and free hot dogs, chips, beverages, cotton candy and Cracker Jacks. Beer will be available for purchase. The Mobile Mountain Kids Zone, as seen at this year's Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show, will provide free quad jumps, a rock climbing wall and a paintball combat zone in addition to the free bounce houses. Visitors may bring coolers, blankets and lawn chairs. Participants must show a drivers' license, proof of insurance and registration at the main gate.

    Details: 843-228-3444, 843-228-3445, www.mccs-sc.com/july4th/index.asp

    Town of Port Royal

  • The Town of Port Royal and The Historic Port Royal Foundation will offer "The 4th at the Sands" beginning at 5 p.m. Monday at The Sands Beach in Port Royal. The celebration will feature food vendors, beverages, face painters, merchandise, music and the town's fireworks immediately following the Parris Island fireworks, which are also viewable from The Sands. Coolers are not allowed.
  • Details: Anna Ellerbe, 843-522.9923, ace.oth@gmail.com

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