Celebrating the Fourth of July on Hilton Head Island

Will you be in Hilton Head during the Fourth of July? Here is a list of events that will keep the celebration going all day long!

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Morning Events


Coligny Beach

1 Coligny Circle, HIlton Head Island, SC 29928

Late Packet Pickup: 7:00-7:45am

Race Start: 8:00am

Start your holiday with a morning run (or walk) on the beach! All ages and skill levels are invited to the annual USA 5K, produced by the Hilton Head Running Company and benefiting the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Patrol. All participants receive a festive t-shirt and finishers medal. This run will be held entirely on the beach at low tide, so expect hard, flat sand and plenty of room to run or walk.

Arrive ready to run in your best red, white, and blue! Strollers are welcome.

Click here to register! Register before June 30 to avoid a price increase. There will be no race-day registration.

Firecracker 5K

Jarvis Creek Park

100 Jarvis Pk Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


Celebrate Independence Day at the annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K! This family-friendly race and walk is Beaufort County’s oldest and largest race. Beginning at 9:00am, there will be three runs for kids that will be separated by age and distance. After the run, join in on the celebration at the post-race party and barbecue. Participants are welcome to enjoy delicious pizza and two complimentary beers or hard seltzer for those that are 21+. Have a blast with games for kids, the Patriotic costume contest, and a DJ on site.

Click here to register! Register before July 4th to avoid a price increase.

Can’t be there the day of? There’s a virtual run available!

Fourth of July Parade

Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort

149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Registration: 8:30am

Parade Starts: 9:30am

This annual parade is a favorite among the Sea Pines community and will be a fun treat for the kiddos. Participants are welcome to decorate bicycles and wagons, and of course arrive decked out in all of your fabulous red, white, and blue! Parade registration starts at 8:30am in the parking lot close to the newly renovated Quarterdeck restaurant. The first 100 participants that register will receive decoration supplies if needed.

The parade will step off at 9:30am, and participants will be judged on how patriotic they are! But of course, those just looking to join in on the fun shouldn’t let that keep them from walking in the parade.

Once the parade has officially ended, everyone is welcome to stick around for carnival games and other children’s activities.

A pass must be purchased at the gate to enter the Sea Pines property.

Photo by Tom Dahm

Live Music & Afternoon Events

Salute the Shore

Hilton Head Island Coastline

Approximate Time: 1:00-1:45pm

A South Carolina tradition that you don’t want to miss this Fourth of July, Salute From the Shore is a way that those enjoying their day on the beach can take a moment to honor our country’s armed forces. This military flyover stretches the length of South Carolina’s gorgeous coast and should be above Hilton Head around 1:30pm–so keep an eye on the sky! Dress in your red, white, and blue, and head to the beaches to see a combination of F-16s and C-17s pass by.

Evening Firework Shows

Sea Pines Resort’s Fireworks

Harbour Town in Sea Pines

149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

Harbour Town is a popular place to watch fireworks on 4th of July on Hilton Head Island. With the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse taking center stage over the Yacht Basin, it doesn’t get as patriotic or as “Hilton Head” as this spot. Many people have the same sentiments, so if you are deciding to make your way to Harbour Town during this holiday, expect a crowd and limited parking. The good news is, if you decide to head over to find parking early, you’ll be able to sightsee, enjoy the sunshine, and even grab a bite to eat before the festivities start.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00pm.

A pass must be purchased at the gate to enter the Sea Pines property.

Shelter Cove Fireworks

Shelter Cove offers fireworks every Tuesday night once the sun goes down. These fireworks can be seen from two complimentary events:

Summer Jams

Shelter Cove Community Park

39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928


Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina

1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Photo by Vicki Schofield

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