9 Terrific Ways to Enjoy Independence Day on Hilton Head Island

Summer is made for cookouts, beach time and the nation’s birthday—and Hilton Head Island has no shortage of hot-weather happenings. Gearing up for the Fourth of July will be smooth sailing with this handy guide. So don’t just settle this year, get out and about to celebrate Independence Day in a fun way!

1. Hang Out at Harbour Town

The Sea Pines Resort Harbour Town Fourth of July Parade Pup

Photo courtesy of The Sea Pines Resort.

Early riser? Fret not this Fourth of July, as the Harbour Town Parade gears up at 8:30 a.m. Get there early so you can scope out the competition and set up your most patriotic presentation; make sure to be as red, white and blue as possible, since you will be judged on spirit—and that includes your bikes, dogs and kids! After the parade ends, stick around for festive activities and fun.

Remember: You don’t have to be in the parade to enjoy it; stop by any time after at 9:30 a.m.!

If you go: Free event; $6 entry fee to The Sea Pines Resort | July 4, 2018 from 8:30-10 a.m. | Harbour Town, 149 Lighthouse Rd.

Gregg Russell

Photo by Nicolette Kay.

Once the day’s festivities have taken a turn towards relaxing, stroll around Harbour Town to listen as live music from Gregg Russell fills the summer evening. After you’ve watched the sun set over the Calibogue Sound, stick around to 9:15 p.m. to see the firework show over the water.

Remember: There will be live music, food and great views!

If you go: Free event; $6 entry fee to The Sea Pines Resort | July 4, 2018 from 8-9:30 p.m. | Harbour Town at Sea Pines, 149 Lighthouse Rd.

2. Sprint over to Shelter Cove Towne Centre

Hilton Head Island Firecracker 5KReady to lace up your sneakers and sprint to the finish line? Make sure you don’t miss out on the festive Firecracker 5K! Join in on the 33rd Run and Family Fun Walk at 8 a.m. this Fourth of July. Run alongside 1,700 other racers and walkers of all ages who are heading to Hilton Head to partake in the event and stay afterward for the fun celebration!

Remember: This event benefits the Hilton Head Rotary Club!

If you go: $25/kids & $30/adults | July 4, 2018 from 8-10 a.m. | Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln.

summerjamsRest after the race, then head back to the Shelter Cove Community Park for Super Summer Jams! Super Summer Jams takes place every week but, on the Fourth of July, the Island Rec. Center brings an extra fun dose of summer festivities. The main course—the firework show—begins at 9:30 p.m. but make sure to check out all the fun lined up before, as there will be bounce houses and face painting.

Remember: Deas-Guyz concert with fireworks at dusk!

If you go: Free entry | July 4, 2018 from 5–9:30 p.m.| Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln.

3. Sign up to SWEAT

Red, White and Blue SWEAT HHI

Photo courtesy of SWEAT Fitness.

Looking for a great workout to start off your Independence Day morning? Join SWEAT Boot Camp at Shelter Cove Community Park as they lead a red, white and blue-themed total-body workout. Though it may sound intense, this event is open to all levels and ages 10 and up. Don’t miss your chance to win prizes like SWEAT swag, to complement your patriotic fitness gear.

Remember: Don’t forget to bring your own mat, water and towel!

If you go: $20 | July 4, 2018 from 9-10 a.m. | Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln.

4. Play at POP! Goes the SandboxPop Goes the Sandbox Hilton Head

Looking for an entertaining event just for the little ones? Head over to The Sandbox Children’s Museum at 10 a.m. as the fun begins! With various activities like tug-of-war, bounce houses and festive cookie decorating, your kids will enjoy the holiday. For the big kid in everyone, rejoice in the fact that there will be hot dogs, watermelon and other summer staples to enjoy. Food and fun, what more could you ask for?

Remember: Wear your red, white and blue!

If you go: $5/members & $10/non-members | July 4, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Sandbox, 18A Pope Ave.

5. Plan on a Picnic

Hilton Head Island One Island Fourth of July Picnic

Photo courtesy of One HHI.

One Island. One Community. One Hilton Head. Free Community 4th July Picnic hosted by Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church and Grace Community Church at First Tee of the Lowcountry/Boys & Girls Club. Wet Slides for the Kids, Dunk Tank, Family Fun, Food and Fellowship with Community Prayer at 2 p.m. Bring Tents and Chairs; no pets. Music by The Headliners, Spiritual Gangsters, Children’s Choir, Cranford Hollow, Yasmine Ariana & more! Shuttles running continuously from the Hilton Head Island High School Main Lot.

Remember: This is a picnic so bring your blankets, chairs and friends!

If you go: Free | July 4, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Boys & Girls Club, 151 Gumtree Rd.

6. See Sights by the Shore

On an island, there’s no better place to celebrate the holiday than the beach! Head over to the closest shore to stand alongside all who look toward the sky as the 9th Annual Salute from the Shore flies along the South Carolina coast. Bring a flag and make sure to wear your most spirited and festive outfits to show support for our Armed Forces during this Independence Day tradition, which starts at 1 p.m. just north of Myrtle Beach and ends at 1:30 p.m. over the May River. Find a special spot to watch the vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169 Fighter Wing fly over!

Remember: Show off your spirit by tagging @July4shore and #SalutefromtheShore!

If you go: Free | July 4, 2018 from 1-1:30 p.m. | Any local beach

7. Head to HarbourFest

HarbourFest 2015 Shannon Tanner

Photo by Nicolette Kay.

Near mid-island and looking for a firework show and kid-friendly entertainment? Head over to Shelter Cove Harbour where HarbourFest begins at 6 p.m. with Clappy the Clown and followed by two performances by Shannon Tanner! Between shows, make sure the little ones get to the booths and bounce houses. Once you settle down in your lawn chairs and blankets, sit back and enjoy the special firework display over the harbor!

Remember: There will be shuttles from Chaplin Park, but get there early because this festival is popular!

If you go: Free | July 4, 2018 from 6-9:30 p.m. | Shelter Cove Harbour, 1 Shelter Cove Ln.

8. Sail the Sea

Photo courtesy of Outside Hilton Head

Up for sailing and fireworks? Come aboard the Pau Hana and enjoy a sail through the heart of the Lowcountry waters for a Firework Sail this Independence Day! What better way to spend the Fourth than sailing around Broad Creek and the Calibogue Sound and watching the amazing firework show mirrored in the peaceful waters? The Pau Hana has lots of walk around deck space and the promise of a great show!

Remember: Make reservations beforehand!

If you go: $65, Adults; $55, Children | Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove Ln.

9. Catch a Nature Cruise

Captain Hook Fourth of July Nature Cruise

Photo courtesy of Captain Hook Party Fishing Boat.

Want to enjoy a healthy dose of nature with a side of Fourth of July fireworks? If so, join the Captain Hook Party Fishing Boat as they peruse the wondrous waters—you never know what you might see! This two-and-a-half-hour cruise has limited seats but unlimited views, as you take in the Lowcountry’s beauty by day and fireworks after dark.

Remember: Tickets for this cruise will go fast, so be sure to make reservations well in advance!

If you go: $35 | July 4, 2018 from 7-9:30 p.m. | Shelter Cove Harbour, 1 Shelter Cove Ln.