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Pawleys Island celebrates Independence Day with style

Whether you enjoy parades, live music concerts, fireworks, or all three, celebrating Independence Day in and around Pawleys Island has a lot to offer. Below are some of the best options in the area:

Pawleys Island July 4th Parade

The Pawleys Island July 4th Parade is a fun community event allows residents and visitors alike to express their patriotism on July 4th. Visitors and locals alike parade down the Island in anything that becomes a makeshift float – be it a boat, car, or flatbed truck – all of which will be decorated in a variety of themes incorporating red, white, and blue.

The Guess family of Pawleys Island won the Most Enthusiastic Float in last year’s parade. (Photo by Clayton Stairs/Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce)

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 4th. To enter a float in the parade, stop by the Town Hall, 323 Myrtle Ave., Pawleys Island to fill out an application. The cost to enter is $15 in advance, the day of the parade it is $20. Applications will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the day of the parade.

Trophy categories include Best Overall Float 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; Best Children’s Float; Most Enthusiastic Float; Most Humorous Float; Most Original Float; Most Patriotic Float; Best House, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; and Best Dock, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

Commemorative T-shirts for the Pawleys Island July 4th Parade are now on sale. (PHoto courtesy of the Town of Pawleys Island)

Commemorative T-shirts are now available for purchase at $20 each. Go by Pawleys Island Town Hall to pick yours up, call 843-237-1698 or email Daniel at For more information, click here.

Patriotic Flyover along beaches

Crowds will gather on local beaches on Pawleys Island, Litchfield, North Litchfield and Garden City around 1 p.m. for the annual Salute From the Shore. A variety of military planes will fly along the coastline and video the patriotic crowds.

You can help support Salute From the Shore by doing any or all of these things:

Piano Picnic at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library

For more information, visit the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce website.

Independence Day Celebration: Pawleys Island Concert Band at Precious Blood Church

Experience live patriotic music played by Pawleys Island Concert Band at 5 p.m. on July 4th. The Pawleys Island Concert Band is a group of local musicians who perform throughout the area. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

Georgetown Indigo Choral Society Concert and July 4th fireworks

Spend Independence Day in historic Georgetown. On the lawn of the historic Kaminski House Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can experience a one-of-a-kind patriotic performance by the Indigo Choral Society. Come out, bring a chair, your favorite snacks, and camp out on the lawn for the concert for beautiful music and stick around for a fireworks display like no other.

The Indigo Choral Society will perform on the Kaminski House Museum’s lawn in Georgetown (Photo courtesy of Kaminski House Museum)

Georgetown’s celebrated fireworks start at around 9:30 p.m. Directed by the Georgetown City Fire Department, fireworks will be set off at Morgan Park and can be seen from East Bay Park.

Murrells Inlet July 4th Boat Parade

The 39th annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4. Boats decorated in patriotic themes will start at the point of Garden City Beach and make their way through Murrells Inlet, along the waterfront. This year’s theme is “American Heart, Southern Soul.”

To encourage more participation, the committee has decided to waive the boat entry fee. Likewise, awards will not be distributed this year. Preferred viewing areas are along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, Belin United Methodist Church, and Morse Park Landing.

Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase at $10 each, with proceeds benefiting the Belin United Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 396. Locations for purchase before the parade will be announced here.

The parade committee would like to remind participants and spectators to protect our coastal wetlands and refrain from littering during this event. Boat and dock decorating participants are asked to avoid incorporating elements into their design that involve throwing objects into the water, including water balloons, which pollute the environment and are harmful to the local wildlife.

For more information, contact Lee Hewitt 843-652-4236 or visit the event’s Facebook page at Murrells Inlet Boat Parade.

Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Murrells Inlet

Don’t miss the annual fireworks display over the scenic waterfront along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The show starts around 10 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Get there early to enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants along the MarshWalk. Parking will fill up quickly and there are usually crowds.

Compiled by Clayton Stairs / tourism manager for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina’s Hammock Coast