4th of July in Hilton Head: Things To Do

4th of July celebrations are just around the corner, and people are starting to make plans for this big holiday. While some people want to host a party at home, surrounded by their friends and loved ones, others want to go to a new destination and experience what it’s like to have an Independence Day extravaganza outside their hometown. For families looking for places to travel on the fourth of July, there’s no better place than Hilton Head Island. The 4th of July in Hilton Head signals more than just an unforgettable party, it also represents the pinnacle of the summer season, a reminder that Americans have a few more weeks to enjoy the bright summer sun before cool, sleepy seasons emerge.

But the question is: what is there to do on the 4th of July in Hilton Head?

Before the Festivities Begin

Independence Day in Hilton Head is one of the most anticipated times of the year. It’s filled with incredible events, delicious food, picturesque parades, spectacular beach views, and so much more. But before the festivities begin, families can relax and unwind to prepare themselves for the nighttime show.

As they prep for all the fun, they can do any of the activities below.

Spend a Day at the Beach

The island is home to a whopping 12 miles of white sand beaches and pristine Atlantic waters, from Folly Field Beach to South Beach, Driessen Beach to Forest Beach, and everything else in between.  It would be a crime to miss out on one of the island’s most popular attractions, especially on one of the biggest days of the year.

Instead of spending the day lounging at home while waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin, families can spend a day frolicking on the beach and enjoying water activities.

Take a Shot at the Golf Course

For all the golf lovers out there, there’s no better way to celebrate than by hitting the golf course.

Hilton Head is known for its award-winning golf courses and is one of the top destinations to play. Home to an impressive 23 championship courses, Hilton Head offers golfers no shortage of places to play. Golfing is an exceptional experience with amazing food and incredible views of the island’s picturesque shores.

Hang Around in Harbour Town

Tourists can also take a trip down to Harbour Town where they can get delicious food and great views. They have an annual parade where participants can dress up in all things blue, red, and white.

They can even decorate their bikes or choice of transportation and dress up their children and pets. Every individual will be judged on their spirit, so bring your A-game during the parade.

Once the parade is finished, guests can stroll around Harbour Town and grab a bite to eat, listen to live musical performances, and experience other festive activities.

Nighttime Activities: Parties, Fireworks, and All Out Fun

Although daytime activities in Hilton Head are memorable in and of themselves, there’s nothing that can compare to nighttime activities on the island once the sun sets.

Fireworks at HarbourFest in Shelter Cove

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove is a weekly event in the summertime, where guests and families can enjoy live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and some fun entertainment.

But one of the best things about HarbourFest is its fireworks extravaganza. They have one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. It’s one attraction that visitors should not miss on Independence Day.

After the epic fireworks show, visitors can continue to explore the area and partake in carnival games, entertainment, and live music while enjoying breathtaking views of the waterfront. HarbourFest is one exciting day for guests!

Fireworks at Harbour Town

After joining the parade during the day, visitors can extend their stay at Harbour Town and watch the fireworks show that will light up the sky from the notorious Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Annual Firecracker 5K Tradition

Firecracker 5K is an annual tradition on the island where families can kick off the holiday with a bang. Perfect for everyone, the Firecracker 5K is a friendly running (or walking) event that takes place around Hilton Head.

During the event, participants can take a scenic tour of the island starting from Jarvis Creek Park. From there, they can get a glimpse of incredible waterfront views, all while supporting an incredible cause.

Once they cross the finish line, they can continue to celebrate the holiday at a festive gathering with fellow runners, complete with some of the nation’s most iconic dishes: pizza and beer (or soda for the young ones).

All finishers will get a commemorative T-shirt and a medal which they can display at home. Interested participants can register here. This will definitely be something they can look forward to.

Are Fireworks on the Beach Allowed?

Those who want to have their own private fireworks show on the beach need to know that fireworks and fire-causing activities are illegal anywhere on the island without the proper permit. While anyone over the age of 16 can purchase fireworks in South Carolina, they’re not allowed to set them off on the island. The fine for breaking the law is $500.


There are countless fun activities to enjoy in Hilton Head during Independence Day, from beach lounging and water sports to fireworks and firecracker runs. There’s no shortage of things to do, which makes it one of the best places to create memories with family, friends, and loved ones. Check out the beautiful rentals by Beachside Hilton Head for a place to stay during your trip!