Fireworks, Fun, Festivals & the Fourth at Myrtle Beach

Independence Day Celebrations in Myrtle Beach (2010)

Join us as we celebrate Independence Day along South Carolina's Grand Strand... from Pawley's Island & Murrell's Inlet to Myrtle Beach & North Myrtle Beach.

18th Annual North Myrtle Beach Fireworks Spectacular
Located at the Cherry Grove Pier, 34th Avenue North. Fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Bring your beach chair and refreshments and watch the fantastic show.

Surfside Beach Fireworks at the Pier
Local entertainment from 6pm to 9pm, food & beverage concessions. Free watermelon & ice cream while they last! Inflatable bounce & slide house for kids. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.

14th Annual Battleship Blast
Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, Riverfront celebration 5pm to 9:30pm. Street fair, music by the 440th US Army National Guard Band. Huge fireworks display.

Market Commons Celebration
Inaugural Independence Day 8K and Freedom 5K Runs. Italian-American Festival. Fireworks at Valor Park beginning at 9:00 pm.

Broadway at the Beach's Star-Spangled Spectacular
July 3rd - 5th with fireworks shows at 10pm Saturday and Sunday. Face painting, balloon animals, dancers, contests, live music. Special concert with Pat Benatar (ticket required).

Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park
Street performers, acrobats, jugglers and more. Concert by rock band Quarterfly. Myrtle Beach fireworks show off 2nd Avenue Pier beginning at 9:30 pm.

Murrell's Inlet Annual 4th of July Boat Parade & Fireworks Show
Boat parade with awards for "Best in Show" begins at 1:00 pm and fireworks start at 10:00 pm off Veterans Pier.

Baseball & Fireworks!
Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs Salem Red Sox at BB&T Coastal Field. First pitch is at 6:05 pm with a dynamite fireworks show after the game. Free mini-flags to the 1st 2,000 fans.

Salute from the Shore
Beginning at 1:30 pm, a massive USAF C-17 transport plane will make a low-altitude run over the entire South Carolina coast.

Best of Myrtle Beach (6/26 - 7/10)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (June 26th - July 10th, 2010)

It seems like it was May just a few days ago and now July is right around the corner. If you haven't booked your summer beach vacation yet, it's time to make it happen. Most July weeks are already approaching 100% occupancy but there are still some very nice vacation rental homes, villas and condos available. There are even a few dynamite deals to take advantage of...with savings of up to $500 on your week's stay. Give us a call toll-free at 866-249-2100 today and let's get you set for your family's summer beach holiday.

Come on down to North Myrtle Beach and like the song goes, "We'll have Fun, Fun, Fun." There's major fun happening daily so don't miss out. Some of our recommendations include:

~ Broadway at the Palace Theatre, featuring "Alice in Wonderland" on stage with morning and matinee shows and "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" on stage in the evenings. The classic tale by Lewis Carroll of young Alice's adventures in Wonderland is perfect for the young and young at heart. Adults will really enjoy the Off Broadway musical as it celebrates the culture of Armadillo Acres and the drama of life in the double-wides of Florida. See details and show times online.

~ Concerts at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing - Center stage will be Ted Nugent on the 26th, the "Bruce in the USA" tribute show the 1st, Corey Smith the 2nd, and Adam Lambert the 3rd. See details online.

~ Hot Summer Nights! ... at Plyler Park in Myrtle Beach. FREE Family Fun nightly with concerts Tuesdays & Saturdays, Jugglers & Acrobats Sundays, a Kids' Carnival Mondays, Fireworks on Wednesdays, Bagpipes and Dixieland Thursdays & Fridays. See details online.

~ Music on Main! Join us at the Main Street Horseshoe in North Myrtle Beach for more FREE Family Fun on July 1st as the city's outdoor concert and festival series continues. The Kelly Bell Band will be belting out their own brand of funk, soul, and rhythm & blues. See details online.

~ Fireworks on the Fourth... Celebrate Independence Day at the beach. Grab your lounge chair and head to the beach in Cherry Grove for the huge annual North Myrtle Beach fireworks show - from 9:30 to 10:30 pm. It's always one of the biggest and best pyrotechnic displays on the beach.

~ Roller Coasters, Ferris Wheels, Bumper Cars and more... Enjoy family fun under the star at the various amusement parks on the strand. The O.D. Pavilion & Amusement Park's old-time charm will please the kids and bring back pleasant memories on the 60's. Be sure to check out the Myrtle Beach Mall's Family Fun Park while you're here - NEW for this summer. Kid's and adults will enjoy the Nostalgia Park rides within Broadway at the Beach. For all-out thrills, head down to Family Kingdom Amusement Park where you'll find the Swamp Fox roller coaster and the largest Ferris Wheel in South Carolina.

~ Waterslides & Lazy Rivers... There's no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than to get WET while having a blast! Try Myrtle Waves Water Park across from Broadway at the Beach - 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes with more than a million gallons of water. Entry fee covers all 30+ rides & attractions for a full day of cool, wet fun. See more online.

View our full Calendar of Events and the Beach Fun Forecast online for much more information.

Myrtle Beach Fun on a Budget

A night at the Ballpark...

just wouldn't be complete without a jumbo hot dog all the way, a bag of boiled peanuts, and a nice cold brew. Last night the Myrtle Beach Pelicans jousted the Potomac Nationals for twelve innings and managed to outlast the Nats for a 7-6 victory. The Pelicans are the Atlanta Braves' Class "A" team, have a strong local following, and are always fun to root for. A long list of current big league stars have worn the Pelican blues - Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie phenom Jayson Heyward just to name a few. I wonder who of this year's team will make it to the show.

It's great that our Boys of Summer prevailed last night but the real treat was just enjoying a pleasant evening out at the ball park with my wife Wrynn and some good friends from Atlanta. If you haven't been to a Pelicans game, you're missing a good time. The best seats will have you at field level right behind home plate - and they're only twelve bucks! (A bit of history for you... the seats are originals from the old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.)

Trying to take in as much as possible on our friends' last night at the beach, we left the game after five fun innings and headed to Broadway at the Beach to let Matt, our young companion, have some fun on the rides at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park. Taking a turn on the Giant Swing or the speedy Caterpillar is an excellent way to generate a welcome breeze on a warm evening. BTW... if you ride the Caterpillar, I suggest sitting in the inside position. That way you can be the Squisher instead of the Squishee - although getting squished wasn't all that bad.

Broadway at the Beach's boardwalk is perfect for evening strolls and is surrounded by shops of all kinds. There's a super schedule of events for the summer with concerts, fireworks and more. AND the events are family-friendly and FREE! Last night's event was one of their Sprite under the Stars concert series with Gogglez Pizano treating the crowd with popular rock & roll.

Come on down to Myrtle Beach soon and see how much fun you and your family can fit into your visit. You'll be amazed at how much there is to do.

Best of Myrtle Beach (6/8 - 6/27)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (June 8th - 27th, 2010)

Daytime highs in the upper 80s, nights in the mid-70s, water temperature nearing balmy... feels like summer. Bikini-clad ladies, beach volleyball games, really cool sand sculptures... it looks like summer, too! Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has some dynamite vacation specials for you - some with savings up to 30%.

Great weather and tons of fun are happening along the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. Some of our suggestions include:

~ Ocean Boulevard's HOT Summer Nights - From Sundays with jugglers and acrobats, Tuesday & Saturday concerts, to Wednesday fireworks... something fun every night at Plyler Park in Myrtle Beach. FREE Family Friendly Events; see details and schedules online.
~ Sounds of Summer Concert Series - Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy live music at North Myrtle Beach's McLean Park. The June 18th concert features The Mullets, local favorites who will have you shaking to good old rock & roll from the Stones, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and more! FREE Family Friendly Event; see details online.
~ Steamboat Springs in Concert - This reunion concert & benefit will have fantastic fiddlin', great guitars and foot-stompin' music guaranteed to move your feet! Saturday, June 12th at the 2001 Night Club. See details online.
~ House of Blues - Live on Stage in the Music Hall... Edwin McCain, June 19th... Ted Nugent, June 26th. See details online.
~ Broadway at the Palace - Alice in Wonderland... catch the classic tale by Lewis Carroll about young Alice and her journey through the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. See details and schedule online.
~ Alabama Theatre - Live in Concert... Gordon Lightfoot singing the hits including "If You Could Read My Mind", "The Edmund Fitzgerald", "Sundown" and more. See details online.
~ Ocean Drive Pavilion & Amusement Park... OPEN for Summer with its colorful carousel, Ferris Wheel, giant swing, bumper cars and more. This family-friendly, old-style amusement park is beach front in North Myrtle Beach will bring back grand memories of your youth and let you create new ones with your family. See more online.
~ Laser Shows and more at Ingram Planetarium - Laser Rock & Roll Shows featuring music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Metallica and more. Planetary shows, solar telescope viewings, Turtle Talk. See schedules and info online.
~ Baseball at the Beach - with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves' "A" Team. Upcoming homestands versus the Potomac Nationals June 15th - 17th and the Frederick Keys June 18th - 20th. For a great time, catch the Carolina vs California All-Star Game June 22nd. See details online.

Plantations and the Past in Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the wonders and fun while exploring our history.

Almost everybody who visits the Grand Strand, from North Myrtle Beach south to Pawley’s Island knows about our magnificent beaches, challenging championship golf courses, excellent restaurants, exciting entertainment, and fantastic family fun. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There’s more!

Our area has a rich history that is often overlooked. There are scores of plantations dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Agriculture was king! Rice, indigo, and tobacco were primary exports and were grown all through the area. Many plantations had abundant river frontage and the wetlands were cleared and converted to rice fields. As you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway today, you’ll still see remnants of the old rice fields. The plantation names evoke visions of centuries past – Annandale, Arcadia, Beneventum, Chicora Wood, Friendfield, Winyah and more.

Some have been transformed into upscale golf courses and resorts. You may even see foundations of old outbuildings and graveyards as you ride the fairways at Caledonia, True Blue, Litchfield, Willbrook, and Heritage Plantations. Some, like Hopsewee Plantation, offer tours to the public. Located on the Pee Dee River south of Georgetown, it is considered a preservation rather than a restoration since the condition of its house was never permitted to lapse. Hopsewee was established in 1740 and is definitely worthy of consideration for a day trip.

The most visited plantation is Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet. Made up of four former plantations – Brookgreen, Springfield, Laurel Hill, and The Oaks – Brookgreen Gardens is today a National Historic Landmark. The garden’s outdoor setting has the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in the world. You'll also find an accredited zoo, a low-country trail, historic exhibits, and archeological sites open for visitors to explore.

Oops... time to close. It's Friday and getting close to five o'clock. See more about history treks at the beach on our website’s vacation themes section.

Best of Myrtle Beach (5/14 - 6/6)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (May 14th - June 6th, '10)

Absolutely wonderful weather this May - forecast highs for the coming weekend in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine. I suggest taking a well-deserved break from the norm and plan to boogie on down to the beach. There's a ton of fun stuff going on and we'll even save you a bundle on some fantastic lodging. Why stay in a little hotel room when you can have a spacious home or luxury oceanfront condo instead? We have plenty of choices available for 30% OFF... and we're offering the first 100 Facebook Fan reservations an extra 10% OFF. Pack your shorts, tee shirts and sandals and call us today for a great deal on a beach vacation today!

Some of our suggestions for upcoming fun events include:
~ Harley-Davidson "Cruisin' the Coast" Rally, Now through May 16th... listen to the low rumble of the Harleys and check out the vendor booths & tents. No events in Myrtle but riders are welcome in North Myrtle Beach and on the south end.
~ 29th Annual Blue Crab Festival, May 15th & 16th... on the waterfront in historic Little River, SC is always a top choice for spring festival fun. Sample great local seafood and enjoy concerts, dancing, entertainment and festivities. Live music by the Craig Woolard Band, Too Much Sylvia, the Fantastic Shakers, and Jim Quick & Coastline.
~ Hot Concerts in the Music Hall at the House of Blues... the Marshall Tucker Band on May 14th and Travis Tritt on the 15th.
~ Myrtle Beach SUN-FUN Festival, June 4th & 5th... Come out to Grand Park at Market Common for the 59th Annual SUN-FUN Festival and enjoy live music concerts, a parade, pageant, food, arts & crafts vendors, and lots more. A FREE family-friendly event.
~ Sounds of Summer Festival, May 21st... Enjoy an evening with family and friends listening to live music, picnicking and playing in the safe and fun environment of beautiful McLean Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, food and non-alcoholic beverages. The North Strand Optimist Club will provide food and drinks for sale. May 21st will feature the country sounds of Tim Hall & Buffalo Country. FREE Admission to this family-friendly North Myrtle Beach event.
~ Dixie Chicken Fishing Funament, May 29th... Compete for money and prizes in various categories in these annual fishing tournaments.
~ Baseball at the Beach, May 25th - 30th... The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves' "A" Team, has a home stand against Lynchburg Hillcats and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Myrtle Beach Rates High as a Traveler's Choice

It's Official. They Like Us!

According to TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice 2010 Rankings... Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is:

#1 - Top Ten Beach & Sun Destinations in the U.S.A.

#5 - Top Ten Beach & Sun Destinations in the World.

#7 - Top Ten Family Destinations in the U.S.A.

The Myrtle Beach area's "Grand Strand" is a sixty mile wide stretch of coastal fun from Little River on the north to Georgetown on the south end. It includes the beachside communities & towns of North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Garden City, Murrell's Inlet, Litchfield Beach, and Pawley's Island. You'll find gently sloping beaches, inlets and creeks, salt marshes and estuaries, rivers and waterways, and countless visually stunning views.

Our area boasts of nearly 100 championship golf courses by such famed designers as Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones, Dan Maples, Rees Jones, Clyde Johnston, and Tim Cate. There are scores of signature courses by top PGA legends - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Davis Love III, Greg Norman, John Daly, Raymond Floyd and more.

There are hundreds of fine restaurants where you can feast on local Carolina shrimp & seafood, steaks, chops and ribs, and just about every ethnic cuisine you can imagine - from Thai to Romulan. Buffets with "All you can eat" specials, sports grills, 4-Star restaurants, cafes and delicatessens... all within a few minutes drive.

World class entertainment will light up your nights! There are exciting shows nightly at Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry, Celebrity Concerts at the House of Blues and at Alabama Theatre, dinner shows at the Dixie Stampede and Medieval Times, and dancing fun at the clubs of Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square.

Come visit soon and see what you've been missing. Reserve soon for now - June 19th and get 30% OFF... 40% OFF for the next Facebook fan bookings!