Independence Day Celebration Town of Bluffton

What: The Town of Bluffton Independence Day Celebration
When: Sunday, June 30th, 2024 Starting at 9:00 am
Where: Historic Bluffton

The Town of Bluffton is hosting its third annual Independence Day Celebration, Sunday, June 30th, 2024. The celebration will begin with its inaugural Independence Day 5K at 9:00 a.m. The Independence Day Celebration resumes at 5:00 p.m. with a pre-party at Martin Family and DuBois Parks and the firework show will begin shortly after 9:00 p.m.

The Bluffton Independence Day 5K: This race is the perfect way to begin your Independence Day Celebration. Make plans to run, jog or walk Sunday, June 30th, 9 a.m. at Martin Family Park. This is the first event of the Town’s Independence Day Celebration in Bluffton’s Historic District.

This race benefits the Mayor’s “Stay Safe, Bluffton!” campaign and student scholarships to encourage mindful driving on Bluffton and Beaufort County’s roads as well as reward students who are safe driving ambassadors.

This 5K, professionally timed by the Palmetto Running Company, will also introduce the “Mayor’s Cup,” a trophy which will reside at Bluffton’s Town Hall and list the female and male top race winners each year. 

All ages and skills levels are welcome. Strollers and dogs are also welcome – the top 3 dogs receive an award.

First 400 runners will receive a Bluffton Independence Day 5K race shirt. • Race Packet Pick Up will be on Saturday June 29th at Martin Family Park from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Martin Family Park 68 Boundary Street, Bluffton S.C. 29910 • 5K After Party features local food trucks. 

Register via the Palmetto Running Company. The direct link is: https://shop.palmettorunningcompany.com/event/11684/BlufftonIndependenceDay5K

Pre-Party: The pre-party is at Martin Family and DuBois Parks, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The pre-party will feature:

Carnaval, interactive games: Games, such as an inflatable axe and score-abasketball-hoop, will be contested at Martin Family Park. Children will receive a patriotic-themed prize at each game station, while supplies last.

Concessions: Food and drinks, such as hotdogs, pretzels, snow cones, and lemonade, will also be available from a vendor at Martin Family Park. 

Food Trucks: Food trucks will be located on portion of Bridge Street and Calhoun Street. 

Rock wall, bungee jump station, and bounce houses: These stations will be located throughout and between Martin Family and DuBois Parks. 

Music: “Jeff “T-Bone Taylor from 104.9 The Surf “will provide musical entertainment all evening. The Parris Island Brass Band “Dirty Boots” will play from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Local performer Nina Hand will sing the National Anthem at 5:55 p.m. 

Fireworks: The 20-minute fireworks display will be launched from a barge in the May River; the show can be viewed from Oyster Factory and Wright Family Parks. 

Parking/Shuttle: People are asked to park at M.C. Riley Elementary School (200 Burnt Church Road) and shuttle to the activities. Palmetto Breeze provides a continuous, free shuttle service from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. to Martin Family Park (68 Boundary Street) from M.C. Riley Elementary School. 

Handicapped Parking: Town Hall parking lot on Pritchard and Bridge, across from Town Hall (20 Bridge Street), will be designated for anyone who has mobility issues. A golf cart company will assist in transporting people who are disabled or have mobility challenges. This service is free. 

Road Closures: Most roads in the Historic District, where the festivities are happening, near and adjacent to Martin Family Park, DuBois Park, Wright Family Park, and Oyster Factory Park, will be closed for vehicular traffic. A public safety improvement from the inaugural Independence Day event was minimizing the mixing of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Therefore, there will be more street closures so pedestrians can move safely and freely. 

Most street closures will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday. The exceptions are Lawrence & Green Streets, which will be closed beginning Friday night for event setup. 

  • Bluffton police officers will close Calhoun Street to traffic (South of Green Street to Water Street), beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. 

  • Bridge Street from the intersection of Boundary Street to Wharf Street will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. 

  • The apartments and businesses at The Bridge @ Calhoun will have access to the development’s private parking lot. If you are accessing this parking lot during the festivities and/or street closures, it is recommended drivers use Calhoun Street and turn left onto Green Street. 

The following intersections will be staffed by Bluffton police officers, and they can provide local access except during 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. If residents are hosting parties or gatherings on the streets listed below, please note there will be NO vehicular traffic from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to ensure safety for pedestrians. Therefore, please inform your guests to come before 8 p.m. and leave after 10 p.m. 

▪ Intersection of Wharf and Bridge Streets 

▪ Intersection of Water and Calhoun Streets 

Allen Street Oyster Factory & Calhoun Street Docks will be closed: Please also be aware Oyster Factory and Calhoun Street Docks will be CLOSED to pedestrians. In the past, both docks were overloaded with people and presented a possible capacity issue. Boats and boaters will not be allowed to use docks to enter and exit the May River after 8:00 pm for safety issues. Boats and boaters can use the dock after the fireworks have ended; the police department has opened the dock back up. 

Schedule highlights for the Town’s Independence Day Celebration 

9:00 a.m.: Independence Day 5K/Martin Family Park

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Independence Day Pre-Party/Martin Family & Dubois Parks 

5:55 p.m.: Local performer Nina Hand will sing National Anthem/Martin Family Park 

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: The Parris Island Brass Band Marine Ensemble/Martin Family Park 

9:00 p.m.: Fireworks show begins. The fireworks will be able to be seen from Oyster Factory Park & Wright Family Park. Reminder unpermitted fireworks are illegal Please leave fireworks to the professionals. Unpermitted fireworks are prohibited in the Town of Bluffton. Bluffton police officers will respond to any complaint of fireworks in the town limits and confiscate them. Bluffton ordinance, Sec. 14-99, states it is unlawful for anyone to fire, shoot, discharge, offer for sale, store, exchange, give away or possess any fireworks in Town limits.

For More Information: Debbie Szpanka Public Information Officer Town of Bluffton (Cell): 843.540.2274 (Email): [email protected]

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