Independence Day is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start planning your patriotic vacation to the Lowcountry. Hilton Head Island hosts many 4th of July activities to keep your family busy throughout the day but also offers the perfect weather for the best holiday beach day. Learn more about Hilton Head’s greatest 4th of July events to celebrate America’s Birthday.

Hilton Head Firecracker 5k

Start America’s birthday with a bag with the Hilton Head Firecracker 5k! This iconic event is Beaufort County’s largest and longest race, with nearly 40 years of running tradition. This race starts at the beautiful Jarvis Creek Park and will take you through the scenic route through the stunning landscapes of the Lowcountry. This race is family-friendly, so you can walk with your family instead of running. Once the race is over, you can attend the post-race party. Celebrate your finish with pizza, two complementary beers or hard seltzers for those over 21, games, and much more.

SeaPine’s 4th of July Parade

Get ready to showcase your patriotic spirit at the Sea Pine 4th of July Parade! The festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. Register for the parade and grab your decorating supplies to transform your bike, wagon, scooter, dog, or entire family into a vibrant red, white, and blue display. The excitement builds as the line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Let your creativity shine because entries will be judged for their outstanding patriotism. Afterward, indulge in carnival games, engaging activities, and more, ensuring an unforgettable day for the whole family. Supplies are limited to the first 100 registered families, so arrive early to secure your spot and join the festivities that celebrate the true spirit of independence.

Salute from the Shore

If you plan to spend some of this summer holiday on the beach, you do not want to miss the Salute from Shore. This unique celebration involves a display of military aircraft flying in formation along the South Carolina Coastline, honoring the US armed forces. This tradition has been happening for over 10 years through volunteers. In 2023 the flyover will include two F-16s from the Saw Air Force Base and a C-17 from the Charleston Airforce Base. Their approximate arrival time to our Hilton Head Beaches is 1:31 pm, then 1:48 pm. Their times may change depending on weather and mechanical issues, so we suggest you arrive early and be patient.


HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour is hosting a special holiday on July 4th! This evening-long event is full of fun, family entertainment, and activities. Enjoy live entertainment from singer-songwriter Shannon Tanner and Clappy the Clown. Your family can also enjoy arts & crafts, shopping, dining, carnival games, and other kid’s games. As the night winds down and the sun begins to set, a fireworks show will light up the sky and the water below into an epic patriotic display.

Sea Pine Fireworks

On the south end of Hilton Head Island, there will be another fireworks extravaganza! Harbour Town will host an evening of live music, food, and fun while you wait for the fireworks display to start in the evening. Enjoy the beautiful fireworks display over the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse and Calibouge Sound.

Book your Hilton Head Vacation Rental

We still have some homes available for this holiday week! Plan a last-minute Hilton Head vacation for the 4th of July by booking one of our available vacation rentals in Sea Pines Plantation and South Forest Beach.

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