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2016 Fourth of July events in Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

The following is a list of 2016 Fourth of July events going on around the Coastal Empire of Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry.


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2016 River Street Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Show

  • Monday, July 4 from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on historic River Street
  • Activities include festival kids zone, prize giveaways, and entertainment
  • VIP seating for viewing fireworks will be available for active and retired military and will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Hypnotics will perform from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will feature a patriotic set during the fireworks to compliment the show
  • The Wet Willie’s Fourth of July Fireworks, sponsored by Wet Willie’s Savannah, the City of Savannah, and Chatham County, will begin at 9:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to park off of River Street since the SCMPD will close the street from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m.

City of Brunswick Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

  • July 4th celebration begins on Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Gloucester, and Bay Streets at 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks over the East River will start at dark.
  • Voted number one spot in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award contest of best Fourth of July celebrations in the country.
  • Free watermelon, music, and old-fashioned games like sack races, water balloon tossing, and hula hoop contests, along with fun prizes
  • Hosted by the City of Brunswick and Golden Isles Arts & Humanities.
  • Free for everyone/ For more information, visit goldenislesarts.org.

Tybee Independence Day Firework Show

  • Firework show was *moved* to July 4th this year (usually on 3rd).
  • The fireworks are staged on the Pier and Pavilion, but they are easily viewed from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches.
  • Fireworks go off at dark – usually between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“Red, White and Brews” Independence Day Bar Crawl

  • Saturday, July 2, begin crawl at Barrelhouse South from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. 
  • Admission: $15 adv/ $20 day of - Ticket includes drink specials, a koozie, ‘swag’ from event sponsors, a scorecard/map to mark progress, and free entry into all participating bars
  • First 250 participants to complete their scorecard and meet us at the After Party will receive an official Bar Crawl Savannah t-shirt
  • A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Nine Line Foundation
  • For more information, visit www.BarCrawlSavannah.com

5th Annual Reading of Declaration of Independence

  • Friday, July 1, on the steps of the Chatham County Court House at noon. (133 Montgomery Street at York, Savannah, GA 31401)
  • Local leaders and pillars of the community will be reading the founding principles announced to the world of the Great American Experiment by the Declaration of Independence.
  • Leopold's will be rewarding participants with ice cream from Leopold's Ice Cream Wagon!
  • Hot Dogs and Iced Tea & Lemonade for Participants, as well.

Coastal Heritage Society to host July Fourth Festivities

  • July 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tricentennial Park will host many holiday themed activities as part of our “A Family Fourth” event. Tricentennial Park is Coastal Heritage Society’s downtown museum complex, featuring three museums and three centuries of history.

Hunter Army Airfield Fourth of July Celebration

  • Friday, July 1
  • The Third Infantry Division Band will perform a community concert from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. followed by a fireworks show.
  • Free and open to the public.

Salute to the Nation at Fort Stewart 

  • Monday, July 4, 8 p.m. at Cottrell Field.
  • Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division will celebrate Independence Day with a Salute to the Nation with a fireworks finale. The public is invited. Pets, grills and glass bottles are strictly prohibited on Cottrell and Newman fields, and also at Quick Track.

Rincon Freedom Rings Festival

  • Friday, July 1
  • The festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at Freedom Park (just behind Walgreens on Highway 21).
  • There will be food, fun and fireworks.
  • Free and open to the public.

ASU Annual Patriotic Concert

  • Sunday, July 3, 3 p.m. at the Armstrong Fine Arts auditorium.
  • Savannah Wind symphony of Armstrong State University will honor our military men and women with their annual Patriotic Concert. 
  • Tickets range from $12 to $20 for regular admission. 
  • To order tickets, click here

Fort McAllister Fourth of July Celebration

  • Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Living history programs including demonstrations of Civil War drills and rifle and cannon firings.
  • Visitors can participate in old fashioned games including sack races, an egg toss, wheel barrow races and a Civil War-era baseball game.
  • Admission for this event is $8 per adult (18+), $5 per Youth (6-17), under 6 are free.
  • For more information, call 912.727.2339.

City of Richmond Hill annual Red, White, and Blue Independence Day Celebration

  • Saturday, July 2, 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at J. F. Gregory Park
  • Free, family-friendly event features live music from Cody James & Highway 55, an animal demonstration from Trapper Jack, arts and crafts vendors, inflatable water slides, farmers’ market, face painting, family fishing, and will be topped off with a fireworks show.
  • State Rep. Ron Stephens and U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter will speak around 6 p.m.
  • For more information, visit www.richmondhill-ga.gov.

Leopold's Annual "I Pledge for Ice Cream" 

  • Friday, July 1, The kick off to the event will be from 4-7 p.m. at Leopold's Ice Cream shop at 212 East Broughton Street.
  • Leopold's is giving away free child's scoops of ice cream to kids 12 and under who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Leopold's will then hold additional I Pledge for Ice Cream events each Monday in July. 

Star Spangled Cars and Coffee

  • Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Event showcasing unique, rare and antique cars at the Richmond Hill History Museum, formerly the Henry Ford Kindergarten
  • Car owners can bring in a car and interact with other automobile enthusiasts. Visitors can view the cars and tour the museum
  • Admission to the event is free and coffee can be purchased for 25 cents with a $1 donation to the museum.
  • For more information, visit www.richmondhillmuseum.com.

Donate to the "Hope For The Warriors" charity

  • You can help America's heroes by shopping at certain grocery stores this Independence Day. 
  • Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn Dixie stores will donate 100 percent of their profits this July Fourth to "Hope For The Warriors" - a charity providing support for tens of thousands of service members, veterans and military families.
  • If you can't make it to the store, you can also donate online.


Hilton Head Branch Library Red, White Blue Art

  • Friday, July 1, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Get the kids ready with red, white and blue craft time. Get creative using only our nation's colors! 
  • All supplies provided, but please dress for mess. 
  • Kindergarten and up. 
  • Free. 
  • For more information, visit beaufortcountylibrary.org

31st annual Hilton Head Firecracker Run

  • Monday, July 4, 8 a.m. 
  • Largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County. Over 1,600 runners and walkers of all ages expected. 
  • Shelter Cove Community Park
  • $25 for kids 12 and under; $30 for adults
  • For more information, contact Bear Foot Sports: (843) 757.8520 or bfs@hargray.com

Hilton Head Island 4th of July Firework Show

  • Monday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Harbour Town
  • Children’s activities, live music, food and beverage will be available as well as the fireworks display.
  • Fireworks will begin right after dusk around 9:15 p.m.from a barge in Calibogue Sound
  • There is a $6 gate fee to enter the resort (unless you are a resident or guest staying on the resort) and a free shuttle service will be offered between Harbour Town and various parking lots in the Sea Pines Resort.
  • For more information, visit palmettodunes.com.

4th of July Parade in Harbour Town

  • Monday, July 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.  
  • Decorate a bicycle, wagon, dog or kids in red, white, and blue for a fun-filled parade around Harbour Town
  • Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30 a.m. to register and pick up decorating supplies.
  • Parade line-up begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and entries will be judged on patriotism.
  • For more details, call 843.842.1979 or visit seapines.com.

Old Town Bluffton 4th of July Children's Parade

  • Monday, July 4 beginning at 10 a.m. and going until noon. 
  • Parade starts on Calhoun Street and allows children of Bluffton to show off their red, white and blue. 
  • Free

32nd annual Skull Creek 4th of July Celebration

  • Monday, July 4
  • Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway/ Skull Creek
  • Live music will be at Skull Creek Boathouse, Hudson’s and The Chart House beginning at 6 p.m.
  • FREE parking and shuttle services running from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. from the Boys & Girls Club on Gum Tree Rd. to the parking lot of Chart House and back.

Parris Island Independence Day celebration

  • Monday, July 4 - includes a concert by the Parris Island Marine Band beginning at 6:30 p.m., as well as fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.
  • Family-friendly event will also feature a kids fun zone.
  • Visitors for this event will not be allowed on base before 3 p.m., and all visitors should follow the signs and use the right-most lane when approaching the main gate area.
  • All vehicles and people entering the base are subject to search, and no weapons are allowed on base (including concealed weapon permit holders).
  • Free and open to the public
  • Other things visitors should avoid bringing with them include: pets (except service related), personal fireworks of any kind, and coolers. There will be multiple parking areas setup around the depot. Drivers should follow the signs, and Marines will direct them where to park. There will be no overnight parking.

Shelter Cove Harbor Fireworks Display

  • Monday, July 4 - fireworks begin shortly after dark.
  • Preceded by live music. 

 Independence Day Hours/Closings

  • The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be closed on Monday, July 4. The days before and after a holiday are often extremely busy at DMV. Customers may want to choose another time to visit their local DMV office or process their transactions online at the agency website at www.scdmvonline.com.

  • Beaufort County Offices Closed for Independence Day Holiday --- All Beaufort County offices, to include Convenience Centers, Library branches, and PALS facilities will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Emergency services and law enforcement will remain available. All offices will resume their respective schedules on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

    For more information, visit www.bcgov.net

  • Chatham Area Transit Authority (CAT) will operate on a holiday schedule for Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2016. The holiday schedule is included on each of the printed route schedules. CAT's administrative offices will be closed for business - but the ticket window, located at the Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center, will be open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Telephone schedule information will be available. The Savannah Belles Ferry will operate on a regular schedule. Regular route schedules will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. 


Last year, Georgia legalized consumer fireworks, such as Roman Candles and Sky Rockets. It was a historic moment as Georgians lit up the skies with fireworks legally purchased from within the state. 

Georgia now allows the use of fireworks until midnight on the Fourth of July, but bans residents from setting off fireworks after 9 p.m. on most other days. Regulations may vary by local jurisdictions, so Georgians should check with their city or county prior to using consumer fireworks.

The new regulations also prohibit individuals from igniting fireworks on roads and highways – and within 100 yards of hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.

Consumer fireworks legal in Georgia include:

  • Sky Rockets and Bottle Rockets
  • Missile-Type Rockets
  • Helicopter and Aerial Spinners
  • Roman Candles
  • Multi-Aerial Mine and Shell Devices
  • Aerial Shell Kits
  • Reloadables
  • Firecrackers

Georgians can also continue to celebrate using hand-held sparklers and ground-based sparkling devices. These have been legal in Georgia since 2005.

TNT Fireworks has provided the public with the following tips:

  • Never consume alcohol when using fireworks.
  • Never let children handle fireworks or sparklers.
  • Read and follow the directions on the labels. The vast majority of injuries result from the misuse of fireworks.
  • Only buy legal fireworks from a licensed seller. An estimated 40 percent of fireworks-related injuries are caused by federally banned illegal explosives such as M-80s, Quartersticks and other homemade explosive devices. 
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place – out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never carry a firework in your pocket or hold a lit firework in your hand.
  • Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container. 
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
  • Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks. 
  • Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device – even when lighting. 
  • Only use consumer fireworks away from homes, buildings and dry grass – on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface, such as concrete, that is free from debris.
  • Have a working garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.
  • When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash container.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never approach or try to re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
  • Protect your pets. Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.
  • Always check with your local city and county governments as there may be certain areas where consumer fireworks are not permitted.

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