Memorial Day weekend is the official start to summer, and Myrtle Beach is a popular destination in which you can enjoy the long weekend. The temperatures are solidly in the 80s, and you can bask in the sun along our 60-mile beach and visit a wide-variety of entertaining attractions! If you’re lucky enough to be headed to the Myrtle Beach area this weekend, you might want to check out some of the special events below:

Military Appreciation Days Parade and Family Picnic
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities. On Saturday, May 25, attend the Military Appreciation Days Parade which begins at 10:30 a.m. and takes place along Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway at The Market Common. The 2019 parade Grand Marshal is former US Army Ranger-turned-country-musician Keni Thomas, and Horry County resident and World War II US Army Nurse Treva Greene will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal.

Following the parade, join the free Family Picnic at Valor Memorial Garden in The Market Common to enjoy exhibits, live music and more! The Big Family Picnic is 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., and you can meet Grand Marshal Keni Thomas!

For more about Myrtle Beach's 2019 Military Appreciation Days, including the exhibits, the parade, the Family Picnic, or any events and sponsors, please call 843-918-1014.

Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest
Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, 2019

Celebrate culture and heritage at this annual event. Atlantic Beach Bike Fest, also known as Black Bike Week or the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Black Pearl Cultural Heritage and Bike Festival. This motorcycle rally is held every year during Memorial Day weekend. Meet and greets, parties, live music and entertainment will be held throughout the weekend.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade
Sunday, May 26, 2019

The annual Surfside Beach Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. The festive parade runs south on Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach. Contact Debbie Ellis for more information at (843) 640-9548 or dellis@surfsidebeach.org.

Myrtle Beach Veterans March
Monday, May 27, 2019

The Veterans March on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach begins at 9 a.m. This special Memorial Day event isn't a parade, so it won't feature floats or vehicles, unless a vehicle is required for veterans who are not able to walk. This march is organized by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter. The march is followed by a Combat Cross ceremony. For more information visit MilitaryAppreciationDays.com.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2019

The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The annual event recognizes Memorial Day with speakers, the Missing Man Table and an honor guard salute. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit MilitaryAppreciationDays.com.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 27, 2019

Surfside Beach will hold their annual Memorial Day Service to honor veterans and their families at 2:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial in Surfside Beach.

Plan Ahead for Traffic

With the number of visitors and bikes in the area this weekend, there will be some road closures and traffic patterns affecting traffic in some locations. In the City of Myrtle Beach, a 23-mile traffic loop will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will last until 2 a.m. The loop travels from 29th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, moves south to Kings Highway, then heads up Harrelson Boulevard to U.S. Hwy 501, onto S.C. 31 heading north, before heading south down George Bishop Parkway, onto 29th Avenue North and back to Ocean Boulevard. Please see our Memorial Day Weekend Blog here for more details.

Whatever you choose to do in Myrtle Beach during Memorial Day Weekend, we invite you to take a few moments to recognize the importance of the holiday and remember those who fought and died for our many freedoms. And then, have an amazing beach weekend along the Grand Strand!