Fourth of July in North Myrtle Beach - Great Fun, Fireworks and Family Time!

There's not very many places that celebrate July 4th quite like North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach.  With fireworks and festivals everywhere you will be sure to find the best way to celebrate your Independence Day!

Here's what happening:
North Myrtle Beach
Barefoot Landing -  4898 Highway 17 S. - Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m. over the lake at Barefoot Landing.

Cherry Grove Pier - 3500 N. Ocean Blvd.  Fireworks begin around 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Myrtle Beach
Broadway at the Beach - Between 21st and 29th Avenues North on U.S. 17 Bypass start at 10:00 p.m. over Lake Broadway Field - 1251 21 Avenue North - Fireworks follow the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Murrells Inlet
Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade and fireworks display at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk & Veterans Pier.  The 30th annual boat parade begins at 5:00 p.m., from Garden City Point.  Fireworks start at 10:00 p.m. at the end of Veterans Pier.

Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration, Surfside Drive and Ocean Blvd.  Fireworks with live entertainment from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

And if you haven't already booked your 4th of July Beach vacation, Thomas Beach Vacations is ready to serve you!  Call our reservation experts now and learn how you can save 35% off your July vacation. 866-714-1669

Top 5 Seafood Places in North Myrtle Beach

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in North Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is famous for its seafood and you won't find any better or fresher than right here in North Myrtle Beach.  Here are our top five:

Bimini's Oyster Bar: This cozy little beach-themed eatery is tucked away in a strip mall off Restaurant Row.  Featuring excellent steamed shrimp and oysters as well as fresh catch specials and seafood platters, Bimini's is also a popular hangout for tourists and locals alike.  Feeling adventurous?  Try one of their Oyster Shooters!

Duffy Street Seafood Shack:  This locally owned and operated establishment is so good there are now three of them, all in the North Myrtle Beach area.  Try the original on Main Street or spin-offs in Cherry Grove and on Restaurant Row where  hot, fresh seafood is the feature of the day.

Preston's Seafood and Country Buffet: Come hungry to the all-you-can- eat spread, which features all the seafood classics - fish, shrimp, crab and oysters - as well as outstanding  "land food" favorites - prime rib, T-Bone Steaks, fried chicken and baby back ribs.

Rockefeller's Raw Bar: For those who like their seafood fresh and steamed rather than battered and fried, Rockefeller's is your place.  Try the steam kettles filled with shrimp, scallops and more swimming in Old Bay & Beer, Garlic & Wine, and other tasty sauces.

SeaBlue: For a more upscale dining experience, SeaBlue is a modern restaurant one might expect to find in New York City, not North Myrtle Beach.  Featuring outstanding sushi and creative tapas dishes with an extensive wine list, SeaBlue is a great place for a romantic dinner.

Top 5 Places for Family Fun in North Myrtle Beach

Looking for a great way to spend the day with the family?  Here are five fun-filled activities without leaving North Myrtle Beach.

Alabama Theater
1.) Alabama Theater:  Named after the country music super-group that got its start in the honky-tonks of the Grand Strand, the Alabama Theater plays host to Broadway-style shows and big name touring acts, such as George Jones, Bill Cosby and, of course, Alabama.

Barefoot Landing
2.) Barefoot Landing: This massive entertainment, shopping and dining complex has something for the whole family.  Featuring a boardwalk lined with retail outlets, sports bars, theaters, and mare, Barefoot Landing is a place where families can spend the day and never get bored.

Cherry Grove Pier

3.) Cherry Grove Fishing Pier: What better way to spend a day with the kids than fishing for some whoppers.  You might even catch the evening's fresh fish dinner.  Bait, tackle and more are available on-site.

Hawaiian Rumble
4.) Hawaiian Rumble Miniature Golf: In a town filled with putt-putt courses, this island-themed mini-links stands out.  Featuring realistic-looking rock caverns and waterfalls, this course is home to the annul Pro-Minigolf Open.  A live parrot greets visitors in the clubhouse.

Game Zone

5.) Ultimate California Pizza  Game Zone: Perfect for a rainy day or a fun night out to dinner, the Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone is a great place for the kids to blow off some steam in the arcade and work up an appetite for their favorite food.  Discounted game cards and buffet combinations are available.

Can't wait to see you in North Myrtle Beach for your next beach vacation.

Written By: Terry Massey


June means five things on the Grand Strand: Fun, Festivals, Food, Fireworks and Last but not least - FREE

Beginning Saturday, June 1st, here are five places to find all five this month!

Barefoot Landing kicks off its annual SummerFest series with a fireworks display on Mondays at 10:15 p.m., a strolling boardwalk parade on Wednesdays that begin at 7:00 p.m., and nightly free entertainment.

In Myrtle Beach, Hot Summer Nights come to Plyler Park on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.  Mondays are Kids Carnival nights featuring jugglers, stilt-walkers and other performers; Wednesday evenings feature fireworks over the ocean; and live music hits the main stage four nights a week.

Broadway at the Beach kicks off their summer fun June 1 with the 18th Annual Corvettes at Myrtle Beach Car Show.  Fireworks shows will be Tuesday evenings all summer and on Fridays beginning June 21.

Other upcoming summer events include:

Music on Main - This family-friendly, free summer concert series is provided by the City of North Myrtle Beach with bands Thursday evenings from 7 until 9 at the Main Street stage or the Horseshoe.  Kick back, relax and enjoy live music, dancing in the street and family fun.

Sounds of Summer - Enjoy live music at North Myrtle Beach's McLean Park this summer.  Outdoor concerts are scheduled for Friday's - June 21st, July 19th, August 16th and September 20th.  These are FREE family-friendly events.

Movies at McLean: Bring your beach chair or blanket and spend a special Friday evening watching a movie beneath the stars.  These are FREE family-friendly events; movies are G or PG-rated and begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset.  Bring a picnic or purchase popcorn or soda from the North Strand Optimist Club.  The summer schedule includes movies June 14th (Wreck it Ralph), July 12th (Escape from Planet Earth) and August 9th (Here Comes the Boom).

June 22-23: The Art  in the Park Festival at Myrtle Beach's Chapin Park features dozens of local and regional artists and craftsmen from all walks of life displaying their work on the lawn behind Chapin Memorial Library.  The annual event is known for its wide range of wares, including paintings, decorative woodwork and carvings, and photography.  Food vendors are on-site and a large playground will provide parents a place to let the little ones burn off some energy while they shop for something special.

There are lots of fun, family-friendly things to do on the Grand Strand in June!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

May = FUN in North Myrtle Beach

Warm Days, Festivals, Fiestas and Fun...

Spring is well under way here at The Beach and May is shaping up to be a wonderful month for family trips, weekend getaways, and excellent deals on Myrtle Beach golf packages.
May's first weekend is a grand one with the 27th Annual Rivertown Music & Arts Festival in historic downtown Conway on May 4th. Festivities include the Chicora Classic Car show, the Farmers' Market, and performances by lots of young local talent - dancing, singing and more! The evening is topped off with a street concert featuring The Steady Hand String Band, The River Whyless (formerly Do It To Julia), and stellar mandolin-player Jenni Lyn Gardner & Friends. The festival is from 11 am to 9 pm and, as always, is a FREE family-friendly event.  Click for details and schedule.
Other music events this weekend include an encore appearance by the popular Oak Ridge Boys on stage at Barefoot Landing's Alabama Theatre. For the younger set, Band of Horses will be center stage in the Concert Hall at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

If your tastes run more toward theatre and stage, you're in luck. The spring run of The Color Purple will end this weekend with two performances Saturday (May 4th) and a matinee Sunday (May 5th) at the Theatre of the Republic in old town Conway. Click for details.
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and celebrate the many popular hit songs of the Four Season with HOT JERSEY NIGHTS at the Palace Theatre. This first-class show is on the showcard for the full month of May. See details online.
Don't forget... this weekend brings Cinco de Mayo, too! There will be celebrations, parties and fun with special events at many of the local clubs and restaurants, including Senor Frogs and Fiesta del Burro Loco.

The weekend of May 11th marks the return of MayFest on Main. The 8th annual festival on North Myrtle Beach's Main Street will feature arts & crafts, a community stage with lots of young local talent, a fun kids' zone and plenty of tasty festival treats. There will be music throughout the day with concerts on the main stage by John Waite and by the Little River Band. The festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm and is a FREE family-friendly event.
PLAY BALL! Our local "Boys of Summer", the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, are the Class A team for the Texas Rangers and their top-ranked ball park is the perfect place to enjoy a evening game or a Sunday afternoon of baseball. The best seats in the house are less than $15 and the next home stands are from May 7th-13th and May 21st-26th. See you there!
 For the best vacation lodging and Super Savings on May and June beach trips, visit the Thomas  Beach Vacations online Specials page online and reserve today!

Taking the Perfect North Myrtle Beach Vacation

Taking the Perfect North Myrtle Beach Vacation.
A vacation should be relaxing and fun! It's a time to share with your family and friends while you leave your "real life" behind. To ensure you have the vacation of your dreams, try these tips and tricks. Your vacation is sure to be fantastic and after it's over, you'll be counting the days until your next beach trip to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
RESEARCH - Take the time to research your destination. While checking the weather is a MUST, you can't predict what it will do. Be sure you have plenty of activity choices in case of "less than perfect" weather so no one is disappointed. Check out these great options for your North Myrtle Beach vacation.

PICKING THE PERFECT LOCATION - When planning your beach vacation, where you stay is very important...whether it's oceanfront or within a short walking distance. Your location can be key to a great vacation.

EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A SAY - Let everyone in your family or group give their opinion of things and activities they would like to do at the vacation destination. When everyone contributes ideas, the chances of fun are even better. Remember - one person can't or shouldn't do it all. Make it a group effort.

COUPON BOOKS - When you arrive at your hotel, condo, or beach house, ask the friendly check-in staff for a coupon book. You can find some great ideas with money saving deals.

SUNSCREEN - Avoid sunburns. It doesn't matter if you think you already have a good base tan or claim you never burn. Don't overdo it - especially the first day. Have plenty of sunscreen with the proper SPF to protect your skin from UV RAYS. You want to look sun kissed - not sun poisoned. 

BABY POWDER - For those who dislike having sand on your feet when you leave the beach, do as locals do.  Keep a big bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. Once you're ready to pack it up, put some baby powder on your feet or wherever you have sand and it magically wipes away from your body. It's amazing!

There are lots of things that go into planning and taking the ideal beach vacation. These are just a few of the things we encourage you to think about. Once you're here, leave your worries behind, enjoy the sunshine and escape to your happy place.

Check out this great video and start planning your dream vacation today!

It's Cool to Keep it Clean!

Low-Impact Beach Vacationing is Great for the Environment and Everyone.

That's right... it's very cool to NOT leave your mark on the beach. Keeping our wonderful beach clean and beautiful takes a lot of effort from everybody. The City of North Myrtle Beach does an excellent job of raking and cleaning the beach early every morning so you and your family can enjoy playing and relaxing by the surf. Receptacles are conveniently placed every few hundred yards near the dune line so there's no excuse for leaving trash on the beach.

Please take a few minutes before you leave the beach each day to make sure you're not leaving any water bottles, beverage cans, or other trash behind. Enjoy those tasty, frozen treats you purchase from the beach vendors but please don't leave the containers and plastic spoons on the sand when you leave. Make the short stroll and drop it all in the nearby trash can. Your effort will make a difference and is truly appreciated. It may even set an example for those around you, too!

The City has a few newer regulations to make your beach time better and safer. Due to the increased use of canopies, tents and other large shading devices on the beach, new rules are in place to prevent them from interfering with public safety and emergency rescue personnel from having swift access to people who may need assistance on the beach or in the water. Shading devices may not be set up on the beach before 8 AM and must be removed from the beach by 7 PM daily. Detailed information can be found online.

Beach walks are some of the most pleasant ways to unwind and exercise. In the summer, you'll often see me and an amazing number of families, couples and singles out enjoying a stroll by the ocean... especially in the evening when it's cooler. Make some time and take a walk - relax and listen to the surf, check out the moon, stars and planets. 

Life's a beach... stay cool.