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Celebrate MLK Day and Freedom Week in Myrtle Beach

  By  Visit Myrtle Beach

Celebrate the Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Grand Strand has been greatly influenced by its African American history and roots that date back to the 1700s. From what we eat to how we speak can be traced back to the African Heritage in the region. The Grand Strand is honored to celebrate Freedom Week from January 12-16, 2024 to recognize the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dedication to service and justice.

There will be several events throughout the week organized by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (CAAHF) in partnership with the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The CAAHF strives to promote cultural, arts and educational programs related to the history and culture of African Americans living in the Carolinas.

MLK Welcome Reception

January 12, 3024 | 5:00-7:00 pm

An invitation-only reception will be held at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1200 North Oak Street.

2024 Annual MLK Parade

January 13, 2023 | 10 am

The parade will run from 15th to 8th Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.

CommUNITY Ecumenical Service

January 14, 2024 | 4-5:30 pm

Evening worship service held at First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach.

Drum Major Awards and Breakfast

January 15, 2024 | 9 am

Community awards breakfast held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum and Small Business Expo

January 16, 2024 | 10:00 am-2:00 pm

 HGTC Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane

For more details and registration information for all these events, please visit the CAAHF website

Beyond official MLK Day weekend festivities, here are a few other suggestions while you are in town for the long weekend: 

  • Dine out! January 11-21 marks South Carolina's Restaurant Week, where participating restaurants throughout the Grand Strand create special, three-course menus for a set price. This is a great way to try new dishes or even treat you and your loved one to a romantic evening out. 
  • Relax! A number of Myrtle Beach area spas also offer fantastic deals and packages this time of year! Winter weather can be hard on your skin (especially if you live further North), and its always luxurious to make a point to visit one of our local spas for a hydrating facial this time of year. 
  • Explore! Many of the area’s larger attractions are open throughout the winter, and now is the time to check them out without having to navigate crowds of summertime travelers. From riding the SkyWheel to shopping our two outlet malls, this weekend is the perfect time to visit if you like easy parking and no lines of people.
Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit