THE ISLAND PACKET
By Wade Livingstone
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Hanging out in Beaufort County to celebrate Independence Day?
You’re in luck, because there’s plenty to do.
From fireworks displays to foot races to flyovers, here are seven things to do during the July Fourth holiday:
Harbour Town Fourth of July Parade
Wake up and decorate your bicycle or wagon, and walk in the annual Harbour Town Fourth of July parade. Decorating begins at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot near the Harbour Town Lighthouse.
Gregg Russell entertains from 8 to 9 p.m., and Pete Carroll performs from 6 to 8 p.m and 9:30 to 11 p.m.
The fireworks extravaganza over the lighthouse and Calibogue Sound is set for 9:15 p.m.
A free shuttle service is available from various parking lots inside Sea Pines Resort.
Super Summer Jams Fourth of July at Shelter Cove
The fireworks celebration at Shelter Cove always is one of the biggest gatherings of the year on Hilton Head with estimated crowds of about 18,000.
The Super Summer Jams Fourth of July edition begins at 6 p.m. with kids’ activities, vendors and live music by Shannon Tanner at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks are scheduled over Broad Creek beginning at 9:30 p.m. If it rains, the show will be held Tuesday. (The regular Tuesday show is not scheduled.)
A free shuttle service is available from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Hargray building on U.S. 278 (on the south end), and at Chaplin Park on Singleton Beach Road.
Skull Creek fireworks and more
The Skull Creek Boathouse, Hudson’s Seafood House and the entire Skull Creek community’s celebration includes live outdoor music by Charleston’s country/Southern rock band Bootless.
Music begins at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Landing beer garden, followed by fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. Outside food, drinks and coolers are not permitted.
Parking is available at the Boys & Girls Club on Gumtree Road with a free shuttle service to the festivities.
Port Royal holiday celebration
The town of Port Royal and the Historic Port Royal Foundation hosts a holiday celebration beginning at 5 p.m.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available, along with face-painting, jump castles and more before the fireworks show.
Parris Island Independence Day Celebration
The Parris Island Independence Day celebration features the Marine Corps band performance at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Visitors will not be allowed on the depot before 3 p.m.
The Parris Island Museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m throughout the holiday weekend.
Pound the pavement before you load up your plate at the Hilton Head Firecracker Run.
The event is at 8 a.m. July 4 at Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove, and is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County.
The entry fee is $30 for adults and $25 for children (12 and under). A $5 late fee applies after today, and $10 on race day.
A post-race celebration follows with live music, a children’s fun run, vendors, refreshments, a cool zone and door prizes.
For group rates (eight or more), contact Bear Foot Sports via www.bearfootsports.com or call 843-757- 8520.
Salute from the Shore Flyover
Salute from the Shore, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2010 by patriotic South Carolinians to honor the armed forces on Independence Day.
The focal point of the Salute from the Shore has traditionally been a flyover of military aircraft and has evolved to include volunteer pilots of privately owned vintage military aircraft with veterans and active-duty military aboard.
This year, Salute from the Shore will include a flyover of vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.
The flyover will begin at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove and conclude over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton around 1:25 p.m.
The vintage military aircraft will be visible over South Carolina’s beaches shortly after the F-16s. Refer to the website for exact timing as various factors will determine when the aircraft arrive at different locations along the coast.
For information, visit www.salutefromtheshore .org, or facebook.com/SalutefromtheShore.
Follow the event on Twitter (@July4Salute, #SalutefromtheShore) and Instagram (@July4salute, #SalutefromtheShore).