If you happen to be visiting Hilton Head Island during mid-July, take our advice and plan on spending at least one day at the Beaufort Water Festival. Hop in the car and take the beautiful, one-hour drive to Hilton Head’s Lowcountry neighbor, Beaufort, South Carolina.
First hosted in 1956 and considered one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the south at the time, the Water Festival has grown year after year into the can’t-miss lineup of events that it is today. Completely organized and produced by local volunteers, this event not only shows off the beauty and charm of Beaufort, but the community’s love for the area as well. This year, there will be ten days full of activities for all ages, as well as exciting, live entertainment nightly.
Every year, the Concert in the Park brings some pretty big names to the stage, with this year’s headliner being the Eli Young Band. Slotted for Saturday night on July 16th, this country music sensation will share the stage with openers, Tyler Reese Tritt and Kidd G. Tickets are on sale now.
Every day holds something new in store. Want to enter a badminton, bocce ball, or fishing tournament? Cheer on teams during the famously hysterical Bed Race, watch a ski show or air stunt show, and don’t forget to be downtown for the Water Festival Grand Parade! You’ll even have the opportunity to take a tour of a shrimping boat, a real Lowcountry experience. There are also chances every day to stroll through the Festival Arts & Crafts Market to shop from local artists and vendors. These are just a handful of events scattered throughout the duration of the festival, but for the entire schedule of events, click below:
There is always something to do on Hilton Head Island, especially during the summer months. Add a holiday into the mix, and visitors are in for a real treat! If you’re celebrating Fourth of July with us, here is a rundown of some events and activities that’ll be held on July 4th.
1 Coligny Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Start your holiday with a morning run (or walk) on the beach! All ages and skill levels are invited to the 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.
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 hot dogs, hamburgers, and two complimentary beers for those that are 21+. Have a blast with games for kids, the Patriotic costume contest, and a DJ on site. Can’t be there the day of? There’s a virtual run available!
Listen to a live, patriotic performance by local favorite, Shannon Tanner, either at the 6:30pm or 8:00pm show. This family-friendly event features entertainment and activities for kids by Cappy the Clown from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Enjoy a pleasant evening in the Harbour with waterfront dining and shopping. The night will end in a dazzling firework display at 9:00pm.
Click here for the map of the complimentary shuttle provided for the event.
The Nice Guys at Coligny Plaza
Coligny Plaza Center Stage
1 N Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Visit Coligny Plaza for a live performance by The Nice Guys, a local band known to cover today’s latest hits. Every Monday you can find them on Center Stage, and the Fourth of July is no different!
Check to see what other local bands are playing at Coligny Plaza throughout the week.
Hilton Head Island Coastline
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 starting at 1:00pm–so keep an eye out on the sky! Dress in your red, white, and blue, and head to the beaches to see a combination of fighter jets and personally-owned vintage military planes pass by.
Harbour Town Fireworks
Harbour Town in Sea Pines
Make your way into the Sea Pines property to enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks over the famous, Harbour Town Lighthouse. Set next to the gorgeous Calibogue Sound, enjoy the night’s festivities including food and live music before the firework show commences. Arrive a few hours early to grab a bite to eat, to do a bit of shopping, or visit the Lighthouse Museum before sundown.
Please keep in mind that there is a gate fee to enter the Sea Pines property.
HarbourFest Fourth of July Fireworks
Shelter Cove Marina
1 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
The grand finale of that night’s HarbourFest, enjoy spectacular fireworks over the Shelter Cove Marina.
Click here for the map of the complimentary shuttle provided for the event.
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Will you be vacationing in Hilton Head Island during Father’s Day weekend? Treating Dad to some well-deserved beach time is probably enough to make his day. If you do want to plan something special for the day, we’ve come up with a few ideas that are sure to be a hit!
All Things Golf
Something tells me that Dad might be the one that schedules the tee times. In any case, Hilton Head is known for having award-winning golf courses—and plenty of them! For the sake of this guide, we won’t get into the nitty gritty of every golf course on the island, since avid golfers have probably already done their research. Instead, let’s look at the other options that might better suit the family whose golfing abilities (and interests) might be across the board.
The next-best, and most obvious choice would be to go mini golfing. A great way to spend an hour enthralled in some friendly competition, mini golf is a fun option that the whole family can do! That is of course, if your family isn’t known to get a little too competitive. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. There are multiple mini golf courses located throughout Hilton Head Island, each of them is designed with a unique theme and offer different courses for differing skill levels.
A relatively new addition to the island, Chronic Golf is an exciting, high-tech spin on your typical golf game. Because this experience is completely indoors, you can enjoy this activity rain or shine! The simulation sports bar is great for all ages and includes thirteen sports games in addition to the 100 golf courses offered. Sit back and relax in your private simulation bay, and order a tasty dish or beverage to enjoy while you play.
Taking a helicopter tour might be something you wouldn’t normally think of doing, but is something you definitely do not want to miss. By far the best way to see our beautiful island, Hilton Head Helicopter Tours offers numerous tours that can even take you to surrounding areas like Tybee Island, downtown Savannah, and Daufuskie. Great for all ages, this exciting experience pairs breathtaking views of the Lowcountry with a unique way of learning more about the area. With a wide array of options that consider time, budget, and interest, there is sure to be a tour for you.
Here are some of our favorites:
How about surprising Dad with a little adventure this Father’s Day? Plan on taking a trip to Adventure Hilton Head, where you can have fun for an hour or two, or even the whole day! There are three thrilling activities to choose from that are sure to be a hit:
The ZipLine Canopy Tour is great for explorers aged ten and above who are looking for a thrilling way to see the natural beauty of Hilton Head from a totally unique perspective. With seven ZipLines total, a swinging sky bridge, and a spiral staircase within the trees, you’ll be able to see scenic views of Broad Creek. We recommend making reservations for this activity in advance!
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous–and you’re definitely not afraid of heights–challenge yourself with the Aerial Adventures High Ropes Courses. There are four different courses ranging in difficulties between beginner and kid-friendly, to challenging and are considered expert-level. Each course has an array of activities that are at appropriate heights above the ground, and you may try out as many courses as your time allows. Similar to the ZipLine Canopy Tour, make sure you reserve ahead of time and everyone in your group is at least five years old.
For those of you who’d rather stay on the ground, try out the new GoKarts! Race around the track as a single rider, or buddy up in a two-seater kart. Check out the age, height, and weight requirements before making reservations.
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