Celebrate Fourth of July on Hilton Head Island

It's time to show off your red, white, and blue spirit on Hilton Head Island! From fun runs to fireworks, here's how to celebrate the Fourth of July in style on Hilton Head. The biggest holiday of the summer is just around the corner - here's how to enjoy it, Island-Style.

Firecracker 5K

Start your July 4 with the 34th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, which kicks off at 8:00 a.m. at the Jarvis Creek Park. With more than 1,700 runners and walkers participating each year, this is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, as well as one of the top 10 races in South Carolina.

After you’ve crossed the finish line, take part in a fun, post-race celebration featuring events for kids, music, fresh fruit and refreshments, door prizes and more.

A percentage of proceeds from the event benefit local charities, including The Hilton Head Rotary Club and the Hilton Head High School Cross Country Team to name a couple. Register here for the Firecracker 5K.

Fourth of July Parades

Grab your Stars and Stripes and head to one of the Fourth of July parades happening on Hilton Head Island! Decorate your bike, wagon, pets, and dress up the kiddos for the fun-filled Parade at Harbour Town. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse, followed by parade line-up at 9:30 a.m. Entries will be judged on patriotism, so don’t be afraid to wave your flag proudly!

Fourth of July Dog


If you’re in Bluffton, kids of all ages will love the Children’s Parade hosted by The Store on Calhoun Street. This parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. from Church of the Cross.

Salute from the Shore

For a different kind of parade, the Salute from the Shore promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle! Each year on the Fourth of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on South Carolina’s beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover. This year, F-18s from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base will fly overhead at approximately 1:00 p.m. The flyover starts at Cherry Grove in the Myrtle Beach area and wraps up at the sand bar on the May River in Bluffton. Grab a chair and head to the beach. Then look to the sky shortly after 1pm for the flyover as they make their way down the coastline to Hilton Head Island beaches.

Get Beach-y with the Tiki Hut 

Celebrate Independence Day with a weekend of live music on the beach, fire performers, specialty competitions, among many more activities and celebrations. Hit up the Tiki Hut for tunes from 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM and enjoy special acoustic sets at Porch from 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Life is always better at the beach, especially on 4th of July weekend.

Pre-Fireworks Fun

Before the fireworks kick off, head to Shelter Cove Towne Center, where kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a small fee beginning at 5:00 p.m. Or, visit Shelter Cove Harbour for a special Fourth of July edition of HarbourFest, where you’ll be treated to performances by Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks Displays

It’s not the Fourth without a fireworks show, and Hilton Head Island delivers! Bring your lawn chairs to Harbour Town (In Sea Pines), the Skull Creek Boathouse, or enjoy Palmetto Dunes' Harbourfest with family-friendly activities and fireworks at Shelter Cove. All fireworks displays will begin at dusk.


Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers a HarbourFest celebration featuring special patriotic selections performed by Shannon Tanner at 6:30 and 8 p.m. The fireworks display will begin right after dusk.  For the convenience of home and villa guests staying in the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the Palmetto Dunes Buggy will continue operating until after the fireworks display is concluded. 800-827-3006 or

Harbour Town Marina will celebrate the Fourth with a variety of festivities. Children’s activities, live music, food and beverage will be available as well as the fireworks display. The fireworks will start at about 9:15 p.m. (dusk) from a barge in Calibogue Sound. There is a 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. No coolers. 843-785-3333 or

Skull Creek Area Marinas fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway/Skull Creek. Join Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Skull Creek Dockside or the Skull Creek Boathouse for live, outside entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Food and beverage will be available at all three locations. No coolers. 

The town of Port Royal and the Historic Port Royal Foundation are hosting fireworks starting at 9 p.m. at The Sands of Port Royal. The celebration includes food booths, vendors, entertainment, face painting, water slide, bounce houses and more.

Independence Day at Parris Island is free and open to the public. The family-friendly event will feature a kids’ fun zone, The Parris Island Band performing patriotic music, and an incredible fireworks celebration. Food and beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol) as well as patriotic glow sticks, bracelets and headbands will be available for purchase.

There’s no better place to spend the Fourth of July than Hilton Head Island! We hope to see you soon in your red, white, and blue. And don’t forget to check out these other fun events coming up on Hilton Head!

Shelter Cove Fireworks
Dog dressed up for Fourth of July

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