It’s almost 4th of July here in Myrtle Beach, SC and one of the top questions people from out of town are asking, is where should I go to see fireworks in Myrtle Beach. There are tons of places where you can go to see the skies light up, but in my opinion as someone who has lived here for almost 20 years, some displays are better than others. Now, the reasons that some are better than others isn’t because it has more fireworks, or they go longer, or use better equipment, but as a father of three, I look at other things when picking where we are going to go see fireworks.
My comments below are made primarily based on these criteria:
- How easy is it to get a good spot for my family to view the fireworks display for the family.
- Can I find parking easily in an area that is safe for us to walk down together as a family.
- How much will it cost me to park?
- How easy will it be to keep an eye on my kids before, during, & after.
That’s basically the main things our family considers when watching a show. Our kids will be happy seeing fireworks anywhere they go. In fact last year because of some family issues, we simply went in the back yard & watched our neighbors set off a rather fantastic display. Our kids were beyond delighted by those.
Where to see fireworks in North Myrtle Beach
If you are on the northern end of the beach, you can see great shows at two places. Barefoot Landing starts their show at 9:30PM. There are plenty of places to find a good spot to watch from around the lake the awesome display they do. What I would suggest is making an evening out of it by showing up early evening, picking a restaurant to eat and then do some shopping around the area. If you wait till 9PM and then try to show up here, you are going to have a hard time finding a place to park and a really hard time finding somewhere to stand with your family to watch. There are plenty of places to go eat, one of my favorites is of course Wild Wing Cafe. (Try The Boss Flavor, my favorite!) In fact, you can catch fireworks here every Monday evening if you would like during the summer.
Another good spot on the northern end is the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier. This show begins at 9:30PM and will be right on the beach. So dip your toes in the sand and watch a great show. Since I live down on the southern end of the beach, I’ve never been to this one, but I know a lot of people who have gone and really liked this spectacle.
Where to see fireworks in Myrtle Beach
In Myrtle Beach, there are a couple of places to catch some great fireworks displays. I’ve been to all of these over the past few years and I have to admit, they all put on a great show. The first place you can see a show is at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans game. The show will directly follow the game. Obviously, to see these fireworks, you would need to purchase a ticket to the game, but you can also see our champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans play. Honestly, there’s not a bad seat at all in the entire building.
The next place where you can go see fireworks in Myrtle Beach is at the Second Avenue Pier. The show here starts around 10pm. I will share from experience, this show can become rather chaotic. It’s an awesome show out over the ocean, but it’s pretty crazy down on the beach. I remember trying to find a place to park a few years back and finally finding a space at a local business. We pulled in and were told that if we wanted to park there, we needed to come in and use the business. So, I went into the bar to purchase a soda, but didn’t have any cash on me. Their minimum purchase for using a card was $20.00. Yeah, I paid $20 that day for a soda, but it was worth it to finally have a parking space and not have to keep searching after already spending 30 minutes driving up and down every street within a mile of each side of the pier.
The third place inside Myrtle Beach that is a great spot to see fireworks is over at Broadway at the Beach. They put on a tremendous show over the lake that will start at 10PM. During the summer you can see fireworks every Tuesday evening here. With the way Broadway is laid out, you honestly can see the show nicely from anywhere on site. There are bunches of great things to do here throughout the day/evening, so plan on making it an all day affair.
As I mentioned the other day in a post, my personal favorite spot for watching the show at Broadway is from Ripley’s Aquarium outside deck. There are plenty of tables/chairs for you to relax, it’s fenced in and normally isn’t that full. If you wonder what the show looks like from there, here is a clip from last year’s show. If you can’t tell by the jumping, my son really liked the show.
Where to see fireworks south of Myrtle Beach
Down in Murrells Inlet, there is a great show that takes place as well along the Marshwalk. This show will start at 10 and is located at the end of Veterans Pier in Murrells Inlet. I’ve gone to this show before and while it was very nice, it was once again very difficult to find a place to park and I remember walking along side of the road in the dark being extra careful of drivers coming by.
You can also see fireworks in Surfside Beach at the Surfside Beach Pier. It starts at 10PM. I’ve never been to this show, but I’m assuming the city of Surfside Beach puts on a great show like all the other places in Horry County. Once again, I’ve had friends delighted by this display in the air.
Where else to see fireworks in Grand Strand & Pee Dee
If you are wanting to find some fireworks displays in areas that might not be right along the coast, there are plenty of those options out there as well. Our local news has given a complete list of places all along the Grand Strand & Pee Dee where you can see shows. Click here for the full list of places to see fireworks along The Grand Strand.
Please remember, if you are going to be enjoying the Fourth of July at home and setting off your own, please do so responsibly and safely. Fireworks are nothing to play around with. They could cause serious injury.