Fourth of July Is Prime Party Time in Myrtle Beach

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Guests at Long Bay Resort get the best of both worlds for the big weekend — a luxurious and relaxing place to stay and play with lots of amenities, as well as easy access to the most popular festivities in town. Enjoy a cozy beach getaway and experience all the action within a short drive of the property. Here are a few of the many celebrations set for the Fourth of July on the Grand Strand:

* Barefoot Landing: Long Bay Resort is located in the north end of Myrtle Beach, making it close and convenient to this North Myrtle Beach multi-purpose complex. Featuring great entertainment venues like the House of Blues and the Alabama Theatre, Barefoot Landing also offers excellent shopping and dining opportunities. The Fourth of July festivities here begin with a foot parade at sunset around the boardwalk area, followed by a free fireworks show over Barefoot Lake at 9:30 p.m.

* Broadway at the Beach: This popular hot spot in Myrtle Beach hosts its free Summer Nights at Broadway entertainment series nightly, but the Fourth of July is the highlight of its summer lineup. After an afternoon filled with attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife, head to the main stage in the evening for live music and other entertainers, such as stilt-walkers, face painters and fire dancers. Broadway saves the best for last with a 10 p.m. fireworks show over Lake Broadway.

* The Market Common: Kick off the Fourth on foot with the Independence Day 5K and 8K at Valor Park in The Market Common. Held on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base site, this race pays tribute to our nation’s armed forces with a patriotic salute. The race gets underway at 7:30 a.m., and it will be followed by a wide range of post-race activities, including live music, games, food and kid-themed events.

* Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: Guests at Long Bay Resort can make the short trek to downtown Myrtle Beach to enjoy a full evening of live music, entertainment and, of course, fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. The main stage at Plyler Park features a free evening concert, and roving entertainers can be seen on the 1.2-mile oceanfront walkway beginning at 7 p.m. — but the big draw is the massive pyrotechnics display launched from the Second Avenue Pier at 10 p.m.

* Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Take your crew out to the ballgame for some peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and cold beer at Pelicans Ballpark, home of the minor-league Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Located next door to Broadway at the Beach, the ballpark is repeatedly ranked among the top fan experiences in the country for its quality baseball and exciting between-inning promotions — and the holiday will feature a bonus post-game fireworks display.

* Murrells Inlet Independence Day Boat Parade: This boat parade attracts thousands to the waterfront to see its red, white and blue-clad flotilla. Brightly decorated boats carrying flag-waving passengers make their way around the shoreline from 4 to 6 p.m., and afterward the action moves to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, where the party is capped by a big fireworks show over the inlet at 10 p.m.

Of course, guests at Long Bay Resort also have the option of spending the evening on premises and on the beach for a more laid-back Fourth of July observation. No matter how you decide to celebrate, you and your group are sure to have a memorable Fourth of July getaway at Long Bay Resort in Myrtle Beach.