Looking for the best way to spend Independence Day 2021 in Bluffton or on Hilton Head Island? Well, unpack Old Glory, dress in your best red, white and blue, and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July Lowcountry style!

First up the Children’s Parade in Bluffton! Hosted by The Store on Calhoun Street, this parade starts at 10:00 a.m. from the Church of the Cross at the end of Calhoun Street on the bluff. Perfect spot for an Instagram moment with your family! Get your wagons, bikes, pets, and grandparents dressed for the occasion! Don’t forget to bring your flags! Please check with The Store on Calhoun Street for this year’s 2021 details. 

Children Activities 4th of July Bluffton

Next up The Parade at Harbour Town! Show off your red, white and blue spirit by decorating your bicycle and children for a fun-filled parade around Harbour Town! Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30 am to register and pick up decorating supplies. Parade line-up begins promptly at 9:30 am, and entries will be judged on patriotism. Supplies limited to the first 100 registered. Following the parade, join us for some holiday fun and activities. For more information call The Sea Pines Resort Recreation Department at (843) 842-1979.

How about a run? In Bluffton take part in the Independence Day 5k! Start your July 4th off with some Fun and Fitness with the CrossFit 843 Independence Day 5K. Post-race celebrations to Immediately follow race – food trucks, river dog brewery, keg toss, and inflatables. Fun for the whole family. The Independence Day 5k starts at 8:00 AM at Oyster Factory Park in historic Old Town Bluffton.

Kids Fun Run $20
7:30AM EDT–8:00AM EDT
Registration ends July 2, 2021, at 11:00 pm EDT
5K $30
8:00AM EDT–9:30AM EDT
Registration ends July 2, 2021, at 11:00 pm EDT

Packet pickup Wednesday, July 3rd 3:00-7:00 @ CrossFit 843 (18 Scott Way, Bluffton SC)
July 4th 6:30-7: 30 am @ Bluffton Oyster Factory Park (63 Wharf St, Bluffton SC)

The Firecracker 5k in Hilton Head will be celebrating its 34th year. It’s the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, as well as one of the top 10 races in South Carolina. Don’t feel link running? The Family Fun Walk kicks off at 8:00 a.m. at Shelter Cove Community Park. Grab a coffee, don’t forget the kids and head over for a fun time for the entire family.  A percentage of proceeds from this event benefit local charities, including The Hilton Head Rotary Club and the Hilton Head High School Cross Country Team. Register here for the Firecracker 5K

Where to Watch Fireworks in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island


Join the festivities in Harbour Town for a fireworks extravaganza that will light up the sky over the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse and Calibogue Sound. Enjoy food, fun and live music.


Fireworks at Skull Creek – starting at 9:30 p.m., the fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway/Skull Creek. Join Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, Skull Creek Dockside or the Skull Creek Boathouse for live, outside entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Of course, food and beverage will be available at all three locations. No coolers, please. Please remember that town ordinances prohibit the launch or discharge of fireworks within town limits and specifically from the beach.

The fireworks display will come from a barge in the Intercoastal Waterway.


The Island Recreation Association is proud to bring you a fun-filled, festive atmosphere with the highlight of the night fireworks which start around 9 pm. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a minimal fee. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks! The event starts at 5:00 p.m. 

Make this 4th of July a memorable event in the heart of the Lowcountry. Parades and firework shows await you and your family in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.  Don’t forget to visit our Calendar of Events page for more Rocking Family events!

Savannah, GA Fireworks on the Waterfront

Savannah’s Waterfront has announced they will host the annual Independence Day Fireworks Show on Sunday, July 4th at 9:15pm.

“There’s always a reason to come down to Savannah’s Waterfront, but we are especially excited about this show as it’s the first event we’ve hosted in over a year.” said Julie Musselman, Executive Director.  “Fireworks shows are always the highlight of July 4th, and we are thrilled to bring this free event to our community.”

As we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the show is not only entertaining but also symbolic of our freedom in the United States.  There will be several opportunities to celebrate our nation’s birthday on Savannah’s Waterfront, including live entertainment at Plant Riverside District, dinner and drink specials at many waterfront restaurants, and the Freedom Floats boat parade.  Merchants are looking forward to having spectators enjoy the many shopping and dining options along the waterfront over the holiday weekend.

On July 4th the City of Savannah will be offering a flat rate of $5 parking in city garages and the Savannah Convention Center will offer $5 self-parking.  Note that parking at the Savannah Convention Center is limited due to construction and the building will not be open.  Spectators on the waterfront are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets; however, coolers are discouraged.