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Best Things to do in July in Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
Van Gogh Exhibit

Summer is officially in full swing, which means there are activities to do every day! This July, various events are coming to the beach, some reoccurring, others happening for the first time.

You can enjoy the beautiful summer nights watching an outdoor movie or listening to music, sign up for a 5K run, or find the perfect spot to spend your Fourth of July with family and friends.

The best part is that the events are happening all month long, so you’ll definitely be able to add a few of them to your list!

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Independence Day Weekend

Fourth of July Festivities

There is truly nowhere better to be for the Fourth of July than at the beach. There are spectacular fireworks displays over the ocean and events lasting all night long. Choose the location you like and see what amazing views accompany it on this one-night-a-year event.

Salute From The Shore

This holiday tradition includes a display of civilian-owned vintage jets as well as F-16s from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base and a C-17 from Charleston Air Force Base. The modern jets begin their flyover at approx. 1 p.m. at Cherry Grove, passing Myrtle Beach at 1:03 p.m. and Pawleys Island at 1:06 p.m. Beachgoers are encouraged to arrive early. Those wanting to see the vintage jets will want to attend from Murrells Inlet or further south, as these crafts will begin their flight there.

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Independence Day at The Family Beach

Head down to Surfside Beach for a family-friendly 4th of July Celebration in Memorial Park from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. There will be live music by Kendall Langford, food trucks, Kidz Zone with foam, games, giveawaays, stilt walkers, balloon artists, face painting and more.

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Murrells Inlet Boat Parade

Watch the annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade at the Marshwalk to see what decorations and themes people have used this year to commemorate the holiday. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., fireworks will light up the sky at 10 p.m. and there will be live music and festivities all day long.

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The Hangout 4th Party

Get ready to light up the Fourth with The Hangout at Broadway at the Beach. This unique party will feature live music all night long, foam parties, hourly dance parties and fresh seafood and family fun foods. 

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4th of July Fireworks

In addition to those seen all up and down the coast by amateurs, you can find a great fireworks display at the Cherry Grove Pier beginning at 9:30 p.m. on the 4th. Other firework displays at 10 p.m. that night include Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach.

Fireworks at dusk over Surfside Beach on the beach

More Fireworks!

One of the coolest things about summer at The Beach is that fireworks aren’t only for the Fourth of July. You can see them all summer long at some of your favorite places around the Grand Strand. Here's a look at all the July fireworks displays:

Pelicans Baseball Stadium

The stadium has a firework display every night after a home game. It’s the perfect opportunity to watch a game and enjoy the additional show afterward with your favorite baseball snack. The dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 3
  • Thursday, July 11 & 25
  • Friday, July 12 & 26
  • Sunday, July 14 & 28
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

One of the best spots for watching fireworks is over the ocean. Luckily, you have the chance to watch them every Wednesday in July at 9 p.m. The display is shot from Second Avenue Pier, so bring your beach towels and snacks to watch the show. 

  • Wednesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Barefoot Landing

Located in North Myrtle Beach, this outdoor shopping district attracts visitors from all around. Spend your evening shopping in the boutique stores and lounging at one of the many restaurants, before you watch their fireworks display that commences at 10 p.m. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday, July 1, 8, 15 & 22
  • Thursday, July 4
Broadway at the Beach

Last but certainly not least, Broadway at the Beach is known for its summer events, especially its annual fireworks. The show lights up the complex at 10:00 PM, creating an unforgettable atmosphere as you and your family watch in awe of the different colors and designs. The dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • Thursday, July 4
  • Friday, July 12, 19 & 26
Independence Day 5K

Independence Day 5Ks

If you’re a sport or running guru, don’t let being on vacation stop you from doing what you love! This July there are two 5K’s available and they both encourage you to have fun by dressing with a special theme.

15th annual Independence Day 5K

In Market Commons off Farrow Parkway is the annual Fourth of July run. Participants are encouraged to dress up in red, white, and blue to win additional prizes and have a little extra fun. Attendees can opt for the 5K, one-mile run, or the free Stars and Stripes Kids’ Dash (50 yards) The 5K will start at 7:00 AM, the one-mile run at 7:30 AM, and Kids’ Dash at 8:00 AM. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and bib.  

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6th Annual Red, White, and Blue Run/Walk

Similar to the Fourth of July run, the Red, White, and Blue race is on July 6 at Barefoot Landing. The same encouragement applies to dressing up in colors, however, this run only has the option for a 5K at 7:30 or the Kids’ Dash at 8:30.  

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Exhibits & Events

Beyond Van Gogh

Beyond Van Gogh

All of July / Broadway at The Beach

"Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" transforms Myrtle Beach into a vibrant canvas where Vincent Van Gogh's masterpieces come to life in a dazzling display of light, color, and sound. Running through September 22 at Broadway at the Beach, this enchanting event offers visitors a chance to step inside the world of Van Gogh from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Tickets are available online with prices starting at $29.99 for general admission, ensuring an accessible yet profound artistic encounter.

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Animal Crossing Ripley's

Animal Crossing Comes to Aquarium

Throughout July / Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach presents the "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aquarium Tour," a unique interactive experience running through August 11, 2024. This event blends the charming world of Animal Crossing with the aquarium's marine life, offering photo ops with favorite characters, themed exploration, and special merchandise. Visitors can also earn My Nintendo Platinum Points by participating in activities at the venue.

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Concerts & Shows

Lorrie Morgan Alabama Theatre

Lorrie Morgan

Friday, July 12, 2024 / Alabama Theatre

Country star Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, will perform at the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach for her Ruby Anniversary Tour in support of her brand new album "Dead Girl Walking" released in June. She'll perform hits like "Five Minutes", "What Part of No" and "Something in Red" and wow the crowd with her dynamic performing that has carried her career across five decades. Tickets are $44.95-$64.95. Show begins at 7 p.m.

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Niko Moon

Niko Moon & More!

Throughout July / House of Blues, Barefoot Landing

Myrtle Beach's most well-known music hall, the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing has a busy July planned with a series of top-notch touring acts coming to town. Here's a look at the schedule:

  • Friday, July 5: Hobo Johnson will perform his unique fusion of spoken word, indie rock, and hip-hop, characterized by raw, emotive lyrics and unconventional storytelling style. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $27.50.
  • Saturday, July 20: Country star Niko Moon will bring his unique blend of country, pop, and R&B to a show filled with upbeat, feel-good tunes with catchy melodies and relatable lyrics. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets $22-30.
  • Friday, July 26: Pop punk group Boys Like Girls will bring its "Lost In Wonderland Small Town USA Summer Tour" to town. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets $25-40.
  • Wednesday, July 31: Experience the raw power and intensity of Chevelle live in concert, where their electrifying performance and hard-hitting sound will leave you breathless. Show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $45-55.

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Boathouse Backyard Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series "Best Bets"

From waterfront hotspots like The Boathouse and Tin Roof and outdoor community gatherings in Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach, to air-conditioned theaters like Alabama Theatre and Carolina Opry, there's a TON of great live music happening throughout this month. Here's a look at a few spots we reccommend checking out to get your groove on this July, along with their upcoming lineup:

The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill 

"Sunday Funday" Concert Series begins at 5 p.m. each Sunday

  • July 7: Dangermuffin
  • July 14: Long Beach Dub Allstarts
  • July 21: Drivin' N Cryin'
  • July 28: Redferrin
Surfside Beach Concert Series

Every Sunday from 4-7 p.m. in Memorial Park, Surfside Beach

  • July 7: N’tranze 
  • July 14: Rich Johnson Band 
  • July 21: The Fabulous FishHeads 
  • July 28: Salty Dog 
Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Friday, July 19 from 7-9 p.m. at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

Get down to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, with a great show from Tell Me Lies tribute group. This monthly concert series takes place at the amphitheater at NMB Sports & Rec Complex. Be sure to bring a beach chair or blanket to have something nice to sit back and relax on while enjoying the performance. Snacks are available for purchase.

Music On Main

Every Thursday from at 7-9pm  at "The Horsehoe" on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach:

  • July 4: The Entertainers
  • July 11: Blue Monday
  • July 18: Cat 5
  • July 25: Envision

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Things To Do

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Pelicans Ballpark / Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Single A affiliates of the Chicago Cubs, kick their season into high-gear this July with three homestands in July against the likes of the Charleston Riverdogs (July 1-3), the Kannapolis Cannonballers (July 9-14) and the Augusta GreenJackets (July 23-28).

To celebrate Independence Day, the birds will don their "Red, White & Blue" uniforms against the Riverdogs with fireworks after the game each night. The Kannapolis series will feature "Thirsty Thursday" on July 11 with $2 Bud & Bud Light drafts and "Touch a Truck" night on Friday, July 12. The series against Augusta will feature promotions including another "Thirsty Thursday" on July 25 and "Christmas in July" Night on Friday, July 26 with an appearance from Santa Claus. Single game tickets begin at $14 each.

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Summer Light: Art by Night

Brookgreen Gardens / Murrells Inlet

Throughout the summer, Brookgreen Gardens hosts "Summer Light: Art by Night," an enchanting evening event where art and nature merge under a canopy of stars. From 6 PM to 10 PM on selected dates, visitors can explore beautifully lit sculptures and lush garden paths, creating a magical atmosphere perfect for a serene summer night out. In July, the event is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, with tickets priced at $30 for adults and $20 for children, ensuring an affordable yet immersive artistic experience.

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Ripley's Crazy Golf girl and mom putting

Cool off with Indoor Fun

Summer is officially here and with it comes the heat (and humidity) that July tends to bring. With heat indexes sure to soar, not only is it a good time to come inside for a break, but chances are you may experience a pop-up storm at some point during your trip — don't worry, they usually pass quickly! All that said, there's tons of fun to be had indoors around The Beach, with attractions like Ripley's Aquarium, Coastal Grand Mall, 810 Bowling & Billards, the art museum and more! 

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Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.