4th of July on Hilton Head Island (2024 Edition)

You may know Hilton Head for its beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, and vibrant community but do you think of it as a destination for celebrating Independence Day?  Consider how your 4th of July will be spent this year in 2024 -- Hilton Head is a great destination for the 4th.  It’s extremely patriotic and there are great ways to celebrate the 4th of July on Hilton Head Island. 


Celebrating Independence Day on Hilton Head Island is a special experience, with a variety of events and activities that cater to both locals and visitors alike. From fireworks displays to beach parties, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the holiday on this picturesque island in 2024.  Check out our ideas for celebrating. 


Harbour Town Parade – Kid and Dog Friendly! 

Decorate your bicycle, wagon, golf cart, and bring your dog or kids for a fun-filled Fourth of July parade around Harbour Town. Register at 8:30 a.m and pick up decorating supplies. Parade lineup begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. Following the parade, join in the fun with carnival games, inflatables and more. 8:30-10 a.m. Visit: www.seapines.com/events.


Greg Russell

Join Gregg Russell below the famed Sea Pines Liberty Oak at Harbour Town for an interactive sing-along and concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. on July 4th.  With the red and white striped lighthouse in the background, it doesn’t get more iconic or patriotic than this! 


A Beach Day 

Hilton Head Island is famous for its pristine beaches, making it the perfect setting for a day of sun, sand, and sea on the 4th of July. Pack a picnic, bring along some beach games, and soak up the sun with your loved ones. Don't forget to wear your best red, white, and blue attire to show off your patriotic spirit.


Salute from the Shore 

Flying across the South Carolina shoreline on July 4th are several C-17 United States military aircrafts. Beachgoers all wave and flags fly prominently. It's a way for people to show their appreciation for our military and to thank everyone fighting for our country. If that isn’t patriotic, we aren’t sure what is! Learn even more about this by visiting: https://www.hiltonheadisland.com/4th-of-july-events/


Attend a Fireworks Display 

No 4th of July celebration is complete without a spectacular fireworks show, and Hilton Head Island does not disappoint. Head to Shelter Cove Marina where you will see the most incredible fireworks displays! 


Firecracker 5K – Now Celebrating 39 years! 

Get running and show your patriotic spirit sponsored by Palmetto Running Company. https://firecracker-5k.com

Starting in beautiful Jarvis Creek Park, you’ll experience a scenic tour of Hilton Head Island, complete with waterfront views and southern charm. Plus, at the finish, you’ll be treated to a proper Fourth of July barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, two complimentary beers (21+), and more!


Your registration includes: 


Exclusive Tee


Finisher’s Medal


Finisher’s Photos


Professionally Managed Course


Professionally Timed Races


Post-Race Party Access


Snacks and Food Trucks On-Site


Grab Dinner 

After a day of fun-filled activities, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of Hilton Head Island's many restaurants. From fresh seafood to Southern classics, there are plenty of dining options to satisfy your cravings. Consider booking a table at Shelter Cove Marina for a truly memorable dining experience so you can see the fireworks. Some of our favorite restaurants here are Ella’s on the Water, San Miguel’s Mexican Café, Bistro 17, and Scott’s Fish Market.