MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - This year's annual Surfside Beach Founder's Day Weekend has extra-special significance, as it coincides with the town's 50th anniversary celebration.

A special 50th anniversary sand sculpture will be unveiled Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. near the Surfside Beach Pier before the start of the Founder's Day Weekend festivities.

Local dignitaries are scheduled to appear and recognize the town's golden anniversary.

"The town of Surfside Beach couldn't be happier to be celebrating both our annual Founder's Day event, and our 50th birthday," said Doug Samples, mayor of Surfside Beach. "It is truly an honor to be a member of, and to serve, this wonderful community."

"Surfside Beach has been a vibrant and wonderful community for the last 50 years, and it continues to thrive," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  "The Grand Strand, as a whole, prides itself on being a family-friendly location. The residents of Surfside Beach are shining examples of that, and the town is going to have continued success for the next 50 years."

Below is a list of events and times for the Founder's Day Weekend. All events are at Surfside Beach Pier:

  • May 2 - 4 to 8 p.m. - Beach music by Sea Cruz, food available for purchase
  • May 3 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Juggler, stilt walker, carousel, magician, carnival games and more - 50th anniversary hats and t-shirts available - Evening fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
  • May 4 - 7 a.m. - Blessing of the Beach - 1 to 3 p.m. - Family picnic at Passive Park