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Sensory-Friendly activities for The Fourth of July!

  By  Leslie Perkins

July 4 is just around the corner! If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Grand Strand, you will have multiple choices of events to attend. Traveling with a loved one on the autism spectrum can require special considerations, and Myrtle Beach is the perfect destination to accommodate those needs. We’ve curated a list of family friendly and sensory-friendly events to ensure everyone in your family can enjoy the festivities comfortably and joyously. By choosing sensory-friendly events and following these tips, you can ensure a fun and memorable Independence Day for everyone. Remember, the key is to plan ahead, pack essential sensory tools, and be flexible with your schedule to accommodate your child’s needs.

Sensory-Friendly Activities for 4th of July weekend:

Early Morning Beach Walk and Shelling - 8:00am

Start your Independence Day with a peaceful walk along the beach. The early morning hours provide a quieter environment, ideal for avoiding the crowds. Bring a bucket for shelling, an engaging and calming activity for children with autism. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beach before the crowds arrive. Check out our tips for shark tooth hunting!

Picnic and Playground Fun - All Day

Savannah's Playground is an inclusive playground designed for children of all abilities. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a nearby shaded area, followed by some playtime. The playground is equipped with sensory- friendly equipment, making it a great spot for children with autism to play and explore. This playground is truly every families dream come true and is equipped with bathrooms, shade, and plenty of benches to rest when needed.

Independence Day 5k Market Common - 7:00AM

Celebrate America with us and start your day off in Market Common! Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome! Dress up in your best red, white, and blue gear and join the fun. Sign up for the 5K, 1 Mile, or the free Stars and Stripes Kids' Dash. Join the fun and wear a costume to have a chance at winning one of the prizes offered!

Surfside Beach 4th of July Golf Cart Parade - 10:00am

The Surfside Beach 4th of July Golf Cart Parade is an exciting event that showcases a variety of creatively decorated golf carts. Each cart is decorated with patriotic colors and unique themes, creating a visual spectacle that is sure to delight attendees of all ages. Unlike traditional parades that can be loud and overwhelming, this golf cart parade tends to be quieter, making it a more suitable option for children with autism or sensory sensitivities. The slower pace and smaller scale contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing families to enjoy the event without the stress of excessive noise. For the best experience, it’s recommended to arrive early. This will give you the opportunity to find a prime viewing spot that is less crowded and closer to the start of the parade route, ensuring a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. Don't forget to bring your own chairs and any sun protection.

Surfside Beach Oceanfront Hotel - woman on beach flying a kite

Salute From the Shore - 1:00 pm

The Fourth of July flyover at Cherry Grove Beach, SC, is a breathtaking highlight of the Independence Day celebrations. As part of the festivities, vintage military aircraft soar across the sky, showcasing impressive maneuvers and leaving trails of patriotic smoke. This awe-inspiring display attracts both locals and visitors, offering a unique way to honor America's history and military service. Starting at 1:00PM, The flyover provides a perfect blend of excitement and tribute, making it a memorable experience for families and individuals alike. For the best view, find a spot along the shoreline and enjoy the spectacular sight of planes flying overhead against the backdrop of the sparkling ocean. Visit  or follow their Facebook page for times along the Grand Strand.

41st Annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade - 5:30pm

Have you ever seen a boat parade? Visit Murrells Inlet, at 5:30 pm, to witness the chaos and fun for the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade! Murrells Inlet will become a throng of people for this occasion. If you have a boat or even kayak, decorate it and join the parade on the water. However, the boardwalk is sure to be packed full of people which is not ideal for people with autism. Belin Church and Morse Park, just south of the boardwalk, offers a more comfortable viewing situation. If you are staying in Garden City, you can view the start of the parade from the southernmost point of the beach. There is limited golf cart parking at this entry point.

Fireworks Displays - Various

If fireworks are OK for your family, there will be plenty! Broadway at the Beach has one of the biggest displays, but it will also be crowded and noisy. Use your discretion about being there in person or choose to watch them from a distance at a nearby resort or hotel. Without a doubt, fireworks will be visible from just about everywhere on July 4. Check out our blog on all things fireworks including start times and best views!

Whichever way you choose to celebrate July 4, make it fun and safe! Have a wonderful holiday!

PLEASE NOTE:  All fireworks shows & events are weather permitting & subject to change without notice.


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