Celebrate independence with an island-wide bang

Hilton Head Island has no shortage of 4th celebrations

For an island that only stretches a mere 12 miles, Hilton Head Island is not lacking in magnificent spots to celebrate our country’s independence.  As an island, it comes with the territory – Hilton Head offers a number of waterfront locations great for viewing the centerpiece for any 4th of July celebration – fireworks.

Our first-ever dockside celebration at Hudsons

Growing up just outside of DC, I have to say, I got a little spoiled.  Annually we would trek into the nation’s capitol sporting our red, white and blue to park ourselves somewhere on the Mall to gaze up at one of the finest displays of fireworks this girl had ever seen.  But, the Lowcountry puts it to the test, offering a smattering of firework displays suitable for any major city.

My cousin enjoys the 4th of July feast

Celebrating now, yearly, on Hilton Head Island, I mark the occasion with my family and friends at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.  From this Skull Creek venue, you can ooh and aah at the twinkling lights in the sky while dining on the freshest seafood brought into those very same docks earlier that day.  Now, with this newer tradition, nothing says independence to me more than the combination of peel ‘n eat shrimp, a cold beer and family and friends on a warm summer night on the water.

The fireworks at Skull Creek, which start at 9:30 pm, can also be viewed from two other delicious waterfront restaurants – Skull Creek Boathouse and the Chart House.  In addition to the varying menus, all three restaurants offer live entertainment starting at 6 pm.

If you’re staying mid-Island, you might want to consider viewing a separate fireworks display from Shelter Cove Harbour.  These guys have it down, practicing all summer long with their weekly fireworks showcase every Tuesday night during HarbourFest.  And if you’re on the south end, we have you covered.  At the base of Hilton Head Island above the iconic red and white lighthouse, Harbour Town offers its annual 4th of July celebration.

You cannot miss when you celebrate the 4th on Hilton Head Island!  For more information on all fireworks displays, click here.