It’s ramping up to be a busy and sunshine-filled Labor Day weekend in the Myrtle Beach area. Travelocity recently announced that Myrtle Beach was among the most searched destinations for Labor Day trips, and Arrivalist expects more than 42.5 million people to road trip this weekend in the US. In preparation, the City of Myrtle Beach will be implementing some special traffic management measures and rules to keep everyone moving and safe. Here’s what you need to know and some tips for enjoying your Labor Day weekend in Myrtle Beach.
One-Way South Bound Traffic Near Boardwalk Area
Allow yourself extra time (and patience) to get from place to place. We’re expecting an uptick in visitors, which means more traffic. Within the City of Myrtle Beach, the flow will be one-way, south bound, along Ocean Boulevard starting Friday morning and through Monday morning, and pedestrian barricades will be placed along many sidewalks to encourage the use of crosswalks and maintain safety along the roads. Also, golf carts are not allowed on Ocean Boulevard this weekend, and moped are prohibited on Ocean Boulevard between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Specifics are below, and you can learn more on the MBPD’s website or view the traffic map.
- Pedestrian barricades will be placed along Ocean Boulevard from 29th Ave N to 29th Ave S to keep pedestrians safe on the sidewalk. The pedestrian barricades will be placed along the curb line on Monday, Aug. 31, and they will be removed beginning Monday, Sept. 7. Crosswalks and driveways will remain open for access.
- Beginning Friday, Sept. 4, at 6 a.m., all traffic on Ocean Boulevard is one way. Vehicles will travel southbound, from 29th Ave S to 29th Ave N. The northbound lane is reserved for public safety officials. This traffic plan will conclude on Monday, Sept. 7, at 6 a.m.
- The following avenues have been designated as emergency lanes: 16th Ave N, 8th Ave N, 6th Ave S, and 17th Ave S. Only public safety officials will be allowed to use these avenues.
- Golf carts are not allowed on Ocean Boulevard beginning Friday, Sept. 4, at 12:01 a.m. until Monday, Sept. 7, when the traffic control devices are removed from the roadway.
- Mopeds are prohibited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday until all of the traffic control devices on Ocean Boulevard are removed on Monday, Sep. 7.
Fireworks Not Allowed in City of Myrtle Beach
Please be aware that personal fireworks are illegal in the City of Myrtle Beach. City Code prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks inside the city. The fireworks stores in the area are not located inside the City of Myrtle Beach. A violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor, with penalties upon conviction ranging up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.
Visit Responsibly & Pack Your Mask
As a reminder, please visit Myrtle Beach responsibly and do your part to stop the spread. That includes packing your masks and planning to wear them in public indoor spaces and anywhere where social distancing isn’t possible. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer if you don’t have quick access to soap and water. Always maintain appropriate distances both on and of the beach. You can learn more on our Healthy Travel Information page.
Check Out A Live Show
If you are looking for something to do, other than exploring our wide-open spaces, consider checking out one of the area’s live entertainment theatres. Many are set to reopen this weekend and are implementing safety practices to make their venues safe and enjoyable. Options include The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre, Pirates Voyage, Medieval Times, GTS Theater and more.
Looking for More?
Check out the latest events and explore the many restaurants and attractions along the Grand Strand. Be sure to check with the businesses in advance for their latest hours or availability. Many have reduced capacities to allow for social distancing, so plan ahead and take your time.