It’s just about time for a big birthday party that over 300 million people are invited to. If a day at the beach, a heaping dose of patriotism, and fireworks sound like a winning combination, Myrtle Beach is the place for you to be on July 4. 

Yep, it’s almost the Fourth of July, a time for us Americans to celebrate family, friends and the birth of this nation. And here in the Myrtle Beach area, we’re going all out to commemorate our country’s 240th birthday.

Festivities will begin with the Independence Day 8k at Market Common at 7:30 a.m., giving you a chance to enjoy a healthy start to a day of revelry.

At the conclusion of the Independence Day run, folks will have time to recover before heading to the beach to enjoy Salute from the Shore, a flyover featuring military aircrafts ranging from F-16s to classic Air Force planes from yesteryear. The flyover will begin at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove and parallel the entire South Carolina coast. 

After Salute from the Shore, a Cupcake Eating Contest at Broadway at the Beach in Heroes Harbor beckons at 2 p.m. Contestants will have five minutes to eat as many cupcakes as possible. The best part of the contest? It’s sponsored by Croissants Bistro and Bakery, maker of, arguably, the area’s best cupcakes. Everyone will be a winner in this competition!

If you can’t wait until July 4 to start the party, we have you covered. The Murrells Inlet Boat Parade, one of South Carolina’s iconic Independence Day celebrations, will be held Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin in Garden City and float along Murrells Inlet before finishing at Morse Park Landing. 

Thousands of spectators will line the inlet to celebrate country and the creativity of the decorated boats. 

As the evening hours approach, attention will turn to fireworks and folks have a surplus of options all along the Grand Strand. Here is a look at the July 4 fireworks celebrations in the Myrtle Beach area:

Saturday, June 25, 9:30 p.m. Riverfront Park & Marina Drive, Conway

Saturday, June 25, After the Pelicans Game, TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Sunday, June 26, After the Pelicans Game, TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Monday, June 27, 10:15 p.m., Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach

Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 p.m., Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 p.m., Second Avenue Pier, 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach

Thursday, June 30, After the Pelicans Game, TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Friday, July 1, 10:00 p.m., Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Saturday, July 2, After the Pelicans Game, TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Sunday, July 3, After the Pelicans Game, TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Monday, July 4 

9:00 p.m., East Bay Park & Harborwalk, Georgetown

9:00 p.m., USS Yorktown, Mt. Pleasant

9:05 p.m., Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

9:15 p.m., Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach

9:30 p.m., Surfside Beach Pier, Surfside Beach

10:00 p.m., Second Avenue Pier, Myrtle Beach

10:00 p.m., Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach

10:00 p.m., MarshWalk, Veterans’ Pier, Murrells Inlet

10:15 p.m., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach

Tuesday, July 5, 10:00 p.m., Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Friday, July 8, 10:00 p.m., Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Additional events throughout the day include Surfside Beach’s Fourth of July celebration down by the pier and a patriotic party with the Indigo Chorale Society at Georgetown’s Kaminski House Museum offer fun for the whole family.

Also check out these exciting events:

SUN FUN 101 NIGHT AT THE RACES: Friday, July 1 -- Open 5:00 p.m. – NASCAR races. Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Ln., Myrtle Beach. (843) 236-0500

MYRTLE BEACH HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S INDEPENDENCE  DAY CELEBRATION: Saturday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. -- This free family event features live music, food, prizes & more fun. Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach. (843) 369-5555

INDEPENDENCE SATURDAY COOKOUT: Saturday, July 2, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Music, food, wine & fun. Admission reduced by $3 if you donate two canned/dry good food items for a local food bank. La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Rd., Little River. (843) 399-9463

As you can see, there is no shortage of events and activities to commemorate the Fourth of July here along the Grand Strand. We want you to make it a memorable one!

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