Here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we consider Memorial Day weekend the official start to summer. Our public schools here locally have dismissed for summer break earlier in the week, the temperatures are solidly in the 80s, and we’re ready for beach picnics and time out on the water. If you’re lucky enough to be headed into town this weekend, you might want to check out one (or more!) of the below:

Military Appreciation Days Parade and Family Picnic
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities. On Memorial Day weekend, visitors have to opportunity to attend the Military Appreciation Days on Saturday, May 26. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and takes place along Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway at The Market Common. The 2018 Military Appreciation Days Parade Grand Marshal is US Army Reserve Captain and 2016 Miss USA Deshauna Barber. Following the parade, attendees can join the Family Picnic at Grand Park at The Market Common. The picnic is free for all. Lunch is prepared by the Omar Shriners Chefs, and live music will feature the Andrew Thielen Big Band with a live show. These activities are all sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach, PGBA, LLC, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women and their families. For more about Myrtle Beach's 2018 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 25 through Monday, May 28, 2018

The Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest will take place over the weekend, affecting traffic in some locations. 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.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade
Sunday, May 27, 2018

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.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout
Sunday, May 27, 2018

The annual Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout is loved by both locals and visitors. The cookout takes place on the corner of Surfside Drive and Yaupon Drive from 4 to 8 p.m.. Live music will feature Sea Cruz. The cookout is sponsored by the Town of Surfside Beach. For more information contact Debbie Ellis at (843) 650-9548 or dellis@surfsidebeach.org.

Veterans March
Monday, May 28, 2018

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. For more information, visit www.MilitaryAppreciationDays.com.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Monday, May 28, 2018

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 www.MilitaryAppreciationDays.com.

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 28, 2018

Surfside Beach will hold their annual Memorial Day Service to honor veterans and their families from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial in Surfside Beach.

We look forward to seeing all of our visitors in town for this long holiday weekend!