Lots to celebrate on the Fourth of July
There are plenty of activities planned for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.
From Georgetown to Garden City, there will be parades, fireworks and more to give people a chance to celebrate the birth of our nation.
As in years past, the big July Fourth event in Georgetown is the Indigo Choral Society Concert.
On Wednesday, July 4, Indigo Choral Society will host the sixteenth annual Independence Day Concert.
This year’s program, which is free to the public, will be held as usual on the lawn of Front Street’s historic Kaminski House at 7 p.m.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to Winyah Auditorium on Highmarket Street.
Indigo Choral Society’s 30-plus voice choir will perform flag-waving numbers such as “God Bless America,” “The Armed Forces Salute,” a collection of patriotic folk songs, a medley of river tunes, and Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom.”
The artistic director for Indigo Choral Society is Thomas A. Martin, director of music at Georgetown Presbyterian Church; accompanist for the group is Sylvia Warr, director of music at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.
This year’s presentation will include special performances by Dr. Patti Edwards, soprano soloist, and High Tide Brass Quintet; the quintet also will accompany the chorus on several selections.
The concert will begin with the dramatic presentation of colors by the local United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit.
Mistress of ceremonies for the event is Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce’s own Annette Medlin.
At 9 p.m., Georgetown City Fire Department will present its annual fireworks display from East Bay Park.
The best places to view them are along the Harborwalk and on the Kaminski House lawn.
America’s love for fireworks was beautifully expressed by (then future) second U.S. President John Adams on July 3, 1776, when he wrote to his wife Abagail and proclaimed that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”
The Town of Pawleys Island will host its annual July Fourth Parade on the island.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m. the day of the parade and the parade starts at 10 a.m.
Line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. on the South Causeway.
No float may be more than 9.5 feet wide and there will be no walking, running, ATVs, bicycles of golf cart floats in the parade.
Also, no water guns, water balloons or throwing of water of any kind will be allowed.
The parade route is along Myrtle and Atlantic avenues.
Fighter jets flyover
So, too, is viewing in the skies as “The Flying Tigers” F-16 fighter jets assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing of Shaw Air Force Base conduct a flyover of the South Carolina coast.
The organization that makes this event possible is “Salute from the Shore.” It is meant to honor all veterans of the Armed Forces.
The event presents a unique opportunity for patriotic Americans to connect with each other up and down the coast on July Fourth.
The jets will come from the North Carolina state line at 1 p.m.
Spectators can see the planes anywhere along the coast.
Organizers ask that people offer their own individual salute by wearing red, white and blue.
The organization also encourages participants to tell their personal stories about why they love America by shooting their own video and images of the event to share on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world.
People who “like” Salute from the Shore on Facebook can upload photos directly.
More information is available at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
Once complete, Salute from the Shore will edit the footage into a video tribute to our Armed Forces.
Last year’s salute can be viewed at salutefromtheshore.org.
Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach
A full day of activities will keep people running from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday as Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach celebrate the Fourth of July.
Events kick off with the annual boat parade and end with fireworks.
In between, there are at least two golf cart parades, not to mention fishing, food and frolic.
Thanks to a quirk of nature, a 9 a.m. high tide — the only one during full daylight and necessary to get the boats around the Point — will have patriotically decorated boats sailing from the Garden City Point, along the shore to the Hot Fish Club.
The committee boat will hit the water for late registration at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but early registration can be completed at Booty’s Outdoors, Garden City Realty or Captain Dick’s through Tuesday.
The theme for this year’s boat parade is “Red, White & View! Inlet-style Tried and True.”
If water isn’t your thing, try your feet to watch the first Jensen’s golf cart parade, which lines up at 10 a.m. at The Pine’s clubhouse.
Although participation is limited to people who live in the Jensen’s confines, viewing is open.
The Belin United Methodist Boy Scout Troop 396 is selling the annual Boat Parade T-shirts at Booty's Outdoors and Garden City Realty in Murrells Inlet. Call 652-4236 for more details.
Golf cart parade
Want to participate in a golf cart parade? Take your decorated vehicle to Calhoun Street and Business 17 in Garden City Beach to participate in the annual Calhoun Street Golf Cart Parade.
Last year about 250 decorated carts made their way from the starting point, down Calhoun and over to Woodland then back up to the starting point.
Along the route, volunteers will be collecting donations for the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire and Rescue.
An ambulance from the squad will lead the parade and the fire chief will be ferried in his car as the honored guest.
No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks, and this year’s event is no exception.
A fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. over the Murrells Inlet waterfront and should last about 20 minutes.
Best viewing is from the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, Garden City Point and the Pier at Garden City.
Because of its height, the pier provides viewing for fireworks up and down the coast, although there will be no special activities from the pier itself.
Times staff writer Clayton Stairs and freelance reporter Anita Crone contributed to this story.
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