Posted on 6/10/2024

From Fireworks to Festivities: Hilton Head's July Best-Kept Secrets

It's almost time to show off your red, white, and blue spirit on Hilton Head! From fun runs to fireworks, here's how you can enjoy and celebrate July in style on the island. While the Hilton Head is known for its beautiful, top-rated beaches and plenty of outdoor activities, it is also one of the best spots to enjoy fireworks and activities in July. This guide is here to help you make the most out of your vacation on Hilton Head this summer, so read on and enjoy your next vacation to HHI!

HarbourTown Fireworks

Experience an amazing fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina during the lively HarbourFest celebration, complete with live music, arts & crafts, and nighttime fireworks throughout July that illuminate the marina's skies. This event is perfect for families and friends looking to enjoy an evening of entertainment and celebration against the stunning backdrop of Hilton Head Island.

Insider's Tip: Grab takeout from 
Poseidon Coastal Cuisine
 nearby. Their seafood dishes are perfect for a picnic by the water!

Summer Jams at Shelter Cove

There is nothing like the sound of live music to get you in a festive mood. Experience Hilton Head's Summer Jams at Shelter Cove, where live music performances set the stage for an enjoyable summer evening! Join Gregg Russell below the famed Sea Pines Liberty Oak at Harbourtown for an interactive sing-along and concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. On Independence Day. Secure your spot to watch the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and take in a special patriotic show with live music from Shannon Tanner and kids activities with Cappy the Clown starting at 6:30 p.m. Whether you're dancing to the tunes or simply relaxing under the stars, this event offers an exciting experience for Hilton Head visitors and locals alike.

Insiders Tip: For an enhanced Summer Jams experience, arrive early to secure a front-row seat to the lively entertainment and a memorable summer night on Hilton Head Island.

Salute from the Shore

For a different kind of celebration, the Salute from the Shore promises to be a beautiful, patriotic show! Each year on the Fourth of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on South Carolina's beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover. Founded 15 years ago, this tradition began as a way to honor the heroes serving overseas.

Insider's Tip: Before the event, visit Coligny and treat yourself to a delicious takeout lunch at The Sandbar. This local gem is renowned for its exceptional hospitality, seriously delicious food, and top-notch service. Allow ample time to reach the beach, secure a prime viewing spot, and enjoy a day by the ocean, complete with a flyover viewing experience! 

Jarvis Creek PARK Firecracker 5K

Looking for a more active way to kick off Independence Day? then head to Jarvis Creek Park.  Start your July 4th celebration at the 39th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, which kicks off at 8:00 a.m. This is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, followed by a fun post-race celebration featuring events for kids, music, fresh fruit, refreshments, and door prizes! You can also experience the scenic Hilton Head Island with snacks and food trucks on-site along the race.

Insider's Tip: Visit the nearby Hilton Head Ice Cream after the race for a delicious homemade treat!

USA 5K - Hilton Head Island


For yet another active experience, lace up your running shoes and join the USA 5K at Coligny Beach! This family-friendly event brings together runners and walkers of all ages to enjoy a fun-filled morning run on the hard, flat, and fast beach. Better yet, participants will enjoy a scenic beachfront run while contributing to a worthy cause as the race will benefit the Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island. 

Insider's Tip: Visit the nearby Watusi Cafe after the race for a delicious, healthy breakfast or lunch!

Explore Honey Horn


For a different way to experience Hilton Head in July, uncover its natural beauty at Honey Horn through a guided tour that spans 68 acres of trails, historic buildings, and a butterfly habitat! This immersive experience offers a unique insight into the island's history and natural beauty. The tour lasts approximately one hour, leaving ample time to enjoy other Independence Day festivities or July events! 

Insider's Tip: After your tour, head over to nearby The Crazy Crab to enjoy fresh seafood in a relaxed setting overlooking the beautiful Jarvis Creek. 

Make This July Unforgettable

Hilton Head Island offers more than just its popular beaches and bustling 4th of July celebrations. By exploring these hidden gems and participating in exclusive activities, you can take your Fourth of July experience to the next level and make the most out of your vacation. 

Whether you're looking for a beachfront villa, a family-friendly home, or a luxury vacation rental, we have over 400 vacation properties and exclusive amenities waiting for you! Enjoy flexible cancellation policies for your peace of mind. To make your island adventures even better, select properties come with complimentary beach wagons and four adult bikes, along with a beach gear credit between $150 to $350! Experience sun-filled beach days with our beach towels and make the most of your vacation with special discounts through our SERG Kitchen Partnership in select homes.
For those evenings in, select vacation homes feature Roku Streaming and sleeper sofa packs for an added touch of home comfort. Let Hilton Head Island be your choice for a vacation filled with adventure, relaxation, and lasting memories. Book your stay with The Vacation Company today and discover the magic of Hilton Head Island. Call us at 843.686.6100 or visit us here to reserve your vacation home on Hilton Head. 
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