FAQ What is going on for July 4, 2014 on
Hilton Head Island and Beyond
It's almost here and I'm already decked out with July 4th finery!
You can go and get your nails done at Nail Expo too if you'd like - but if you would prefer to do something more traditional, here are some ideas to celebrate this fun holiday!
Sea Pines Resort - Harbour Town
Cost: $6.00/car gate fee
Contact: 843-785-3333 for more information
There will be children's activities, music, food, and beverages (bring your ID if you plan to have anything other than lemonade or iced tea) and the fireworks display over Calibogue Sound happens at dusk (about 9:15p.m.)
Parking is in short supply in Harbour Town so the best idea is to park in one of the many Sea Pines Resort parking lots and relax and take the Sea Pines Trolley - way more fun and it gets you right out of the resort pretty quickly!
Shelter Cove Harbour
Shelter Cove Harbour hosts fireworks throughout the summer every Tuesday so they're old hats at this!
Contact: 800-827-3006 for more information
That includes no fee for parking - though it is best to park at the Shelter Cove Mall and walk over to the area which is about 1/2 mile. There will be performances by Shannon Tanner at 6:30 and 8:00p.m. and there are plenty of food stalls set up around the harbour as well as vendors with souvenirs. San Miguels is a hot ticket and the fireworks burst over Broad Creek and the Disney Vacation Village around 9:30P
Located on the north end of the island, the three larger restaurants, Hudson's on the Docks, Chart House, and the Skull Creek Boathouse (editor's note-not as previously mentioned as Boathouse Mile Marker 13) all host entertainment, great food, and the perfect place to watch the fireworks which are launched from a barge in the Intracoastal around 9:30p.m. Parking is free but in short supply so come early and enjoy your dinner then the fireworks.
Contact: 843-681-2772 x100
What Else can we do?
There are plenty of other alternatives as well including the Vagabond Cruise and the Spirit of Harbourtown - but I just need to tell you that they are booked weeks in advance. They ply the waters throughout the week so if you don't get a chance for a July 4th fireworks cruise, call them and you can see the Tuesday fireworks in Shelter Cove another time.
The Sandbox: Interactive Children's Museum also gets into the act with some neat things to do - and it's also a great place to go any day of the week! Close to Coligny you can enjoy the whole afternoon and then head to one of the venues for the fireworks!
I'm disappointed to say that one of my personal favorite areas, the Parris Island Marine Base, is not doing fireworks or festivities again this year. Due to sequestration cuts, this extremely enjoyable venue is not available. We so enjoyed seeing the young troops sit there, get a chance to say thank you, listen to the bands, and just feel the pride of what the day represents, but, I guess I can't whine too much.
If you're thinking of going over to the Beaufort area you can go to the Town of Port Royal and they have some fun contests, entertainment, music, and food and the fireworks go off at around 9:30p.m. there as well.
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