Sometimes a quick trip to the beach is exactly what’s needed to cure the mid-winter blues. And Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Not only can visitors find a ton of fantastic winter lodging and accommodations deals, our beaches are less crowded this time of year, and there is still plenty to do!

Perhaps the biggest event of the long holiday weekend is the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade that takes place along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 12 p.m. The parade is part of Grand Strand Freedom Week, which lasts from January 20-26, 2019, and features all sorts of great events to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grand Strand Freedom Week is presented by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Myrtle Beach, and you can find more information about all of the events by checking out Myrtle Beach city government’s Facebook page or CAAHF's website

Beyond official MLK Day weekend festivities, I have a few other suggestions on how to spend your down time in the Myrtle Beach area this long weekend:

  • Dine out! January 20, 2019 marks the end of a 10-day long statewide event known as South Carolina Restaurant Week. Lots of restaurants in the area will be offering special menus at discounted prices throughout the weekend. You can check out which ones are participating by visiting
  • 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 I always make it a point to visit one of our local spas for a hydrating facial this time of year. The Awakening Spa at Anderson Ocean Club has a Winter Bliss special worth checking out and The Cinzia Spa at North Beach offers a New Year, New You Package through the end of this month.
  • 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.