Fourth of July - Celebrate Independence Day at the Beach

It may be hot in July, but when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, there’s no place cooler to be than North Myrtle Beach! Whether you travel with friends or family, spending the Fourth of July in North Myrtle Beach is one of the best ways to celebrate your all-American spirit. Even locals can't think of anything better than relaxing in a beach chair and watching the extraordinary show of lights in the sky.

4th of July on the beach in North Myrtle Beach
4th of July beach festivities in North Myrtle Beach

How did the celebration begin? Let's take a quick journey back in time. In a July 3, 1776 letter to his wife, John Adams declared  that the signing of the Declaration of Independence should be a "great anniversary festival" and "solemnized with pomp and parade, with games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more." Here we are now in 2014, marking the birth of the nation exactly the way our Founding Fathers envisioned!

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Fourth of July Celebration in Centre Square, Philadelphia (1819) - by John Lewis Krimmel

Falling on a Friday this year, the July Fourth celebration is a great way to kick off a holiday weekend, with something going on for just about everyone. Fireworks are always the highlight of the celebration so here is a list of spectacular fireworks shows and places to watch the fireworks in the North Myrtle Beach area:

 North Myrtle Beach
  • Barefoot Landing: The shopping center on a lake will have a gorgeous fireworks exhibit! Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. over the lake;
  • Cherry Grove pier: One of North Myrtle Beach’s most famous landmarks, Cherry Grove Pier is home to "the best fishin’ on the Carolina Coast!" The 19th annual fireworks display at the Cherry Grove Pier will rock your senses, with colorful lights and loud bangs. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. 
Historical characters on 4th of July in North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach
  • Broadway at the Beach: Fireworks start at 10 p.m. over Lake Broadway.
  • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans located at 1251 21st Ave. N. will celebrate Independence Day with post-game firework displays on July 2 and 3.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities:
  • Give yourself plenty of time to find parking. This annual event is always packed and parking can be a problem.
  • Be prepared to walk.
  • Grab the blanket and picnic basket and arrive before dusk to get a great spot for viewing the display.
  • Leave your pet at home. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved discontent and afraid. Locking the pet in the car also is not an option.
  • Never leave the grill unattended if you plan a backyard barbecue. Be cautious when lighting the grill and handling food.
  • Do not set off fireworks. Possessing or discharging fireworks is illegal within the city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand.
  • Keep a phone at hand at all times and a first-aid kit in the car just in case, especially if you have children.
4th of July fireworks on the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach

Spending the Fourth of July at the beach with family and friends is a great opportunity for lifetime memories. Here are a few photo and video recording tips, since we now have the ability to take pictures or record video using the smart phone we carry in our pocket or purse:
How to photograph fireworks
  • Pick a good spot in advance. Find a location before the fireworks show starts so you have a clear view of the sky and you are not too far away.
  • Use a tripod to ensure the camera doesn't move. If a tripod is not available, sit down if possible, for a more steady hand.
  • Frame before you shoot. It’s challenging aiming your camera before the fireworks go off.
  • Don't try to take the shot immediately. On many smart phones, tapping the screen locks in the exposure and focus for the shot. Use one firework for metering, and then take the photo of the next.
  • Don't zoom. The digital zoom in smart phones alters the quality of the image. You are better off taking the picture at the original size and cropping it later.
  • Use the native camera of the smart phone. Third-party apps may do fancy things, but they add lag time and even alter the quality of the picture.
  • Do not use the flash. The fireworks are too far away.
  • Make sure you're not covering the microphone port with your finger if you are filming video.
If you happen to take some great pictures, don't hesitate to upload a few on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasBeachVacations. Make your reservations in time and take a look at our selection of vacation rentals to find the perfect place for your July 4th holiday.

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