How to Spend the 4th of July in Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina offers many different activities, festivities, and much more to keep you busy and entertained no matter what time of year you visit.

However, The typical festivities are no match to the 4th of July celebration that happens in and around North Myrtle Beach. Summer in North Myrtle Beach is a lot of fun but 4th of July is extra special.

As one of the biggest and best events in America’s annual calendar, it’s never too early to start planning how you will celebrate Independence Day. Whether you are interested in partying on Ocean Boulevard, relaxing on a boat, or taking part in a 1-mile fun run, there is something for everyone here. 

Here are a few of the best Myrtle Beach 4th of July celebrations to add to your itinerary this year.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 

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Nothing is as patriotic as a nice game of baseball and a stellar light show afterward. The Pelicans have been playing a 4th of July game for years and putting on a fantastic Myrtle Beach fireworks show at the end of the game. 

Enjoy watching the game or see the fireworks all the way from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Downtown Myrtle Beach. You will love every second of this family experience. Check the website for this year’s schedule.

Cherry Grove Pier Fireworks

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Not only is the Cherry Grove Pier infamous for being one of the largest piers on the East Coast, but it also has an incredible fireworks show on July 4th. 

Sit back and relax on the pier or the beach as you listen to live music and see the fireworks show reflect over the ocean. The fireworks at this annual event typically start around 9 pm and can be watched from the balconies of many vacation rentals near the pier. Grab a spot on the beach or watch from the comfort of your own home or vacation rental.

4th of July Fireworks at Broadway at The Beach

Broadway at the Beach has a spectacular fireworks show twice a week, but they really outdo themselves when it comes to holidays — especially their 4th of July fireworks show. The show usually starts at 10 pm and will take place over Lake Broadway. See the reflective fireworks burst in the sky from anywhere in Broadway or even some close by hotels and homes.

Enjoy a nice family dinner at Broadway retail center and then grab a spot for the beautiful show!

Independence day 5k

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There is nothing like spending the Fourth of July running in the annual race. You can choose between running a 3-mile fun run or a 1-mile kids’ dash, so everyone in the family can take part (or cheer from the sidelines if you prefer). 

The race typically starts early in the morning, so you have plenty of time to race and still join in on other festivities going on afterward. The start of the race is in the Market Common near Valor Park and finishes there as well. 

Be sure to register for the race ahead of the day and stick around afterward for your race swag to prove you took part!

Surfside Beach Celebration


Venture down the Grand Strand to Surfside to enjoy fireworks being shot off the Surfside Pier. This is enjoyed from the pier, on the beach, or inside of the oceanfront restaurant attached to the pier. 

The fireworks display starts around 9 pm and will be the perfect end to your patriotic day. Around 1 pm, no matter what beach you are on on the Grand Strand you will see US armed forces aircraft as they perform a flyover for the Annual Salute from the shore. See the jets as you enjoy a day on the nice, hot, sandy beach. 

The Fourth of July fireworks can be enjoyed from anywhere in surrounding areas. Surfside Beach is also home to Ocean Lakes where they hold a big 4th of July golf cart parade.

Pawleys Island 4th of July Parade

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If live entertainment is what you are after, the parade in Pawleys is the talk of all the 4th of July events. The community gets together annually with their unique imaginations to assemble “floats” from golf carts to cars, trailers, and much more. 

Every float is decked out in red, white, and blue, and it is only $15 to enter a float into the parade if you pay in advance.

Murrells Inlet Boat Parade

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If you’re interested in staying cool and floating on the Fourth of July, check out the boat parade near the marshwalk. View or take part in the best-decorated boat, or watch from several locations along the marsh, or Garden City Point. 

After the parade enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and sit back to watch the beach fireworks.


Myrtle Beach’s annual Independence Day celebrations are legendary, and whether you’re heading down with family or a group of friends, you’re sure to have an All-American time to remember.

No matter what you decide to do, we can ensure that you will have a great time. Whether you are coming for the entire week or staying for a quick weekend getaway, we know it will be packed with fun and you will create memories that will last a lifetime. Explore the Myrtle Beach area from Barefoot Landing to Pawleys Island to get the best experience ever.

Why not make the weekend extra special and stay in a comfortable vacation rental? Grand Strand Resorts has a fantastic range of oceanfront properties and luxurious condos that make the perfect base for a memorable time with your loved ones.