Independence Day is one of summer’s big holidays and it’s just around the corner. Vacation goers are starting to plan their trips, pack their bags and get all of their summer essentials ready. Watching fireworks on the beach and enjoying a barbecue brings back memories of being with your family, togetherness and of childhood excitement. There’s no celebration quite like it – so get your sparklers ready! We’re heading to the beach this week and exploring some of our favorite beach locations for Fourth of July and their popular holiday activities.
Atlantic Beach Resort
Located on the Bogue Banks of North Carolina, Atlantic Beach is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends! This beachside community provides a quiet and relaxing setting for visitors to be able to enjoy the beach with lesser crowds. There’s also plenty of naval and pirate history to be found here (and in the surrounding areas – try visiting Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort and Harkers Island)! All of this is located just minutes away from the areas main attraction – its pristine beaches.
At the Atlantic Beach Resort, you’ll find everything you need to remain resort (and beach side)! Onsite amenities include multiple swimming pools, sports courts, onsite activities run by the resort, miniature golf and beach access. Each one, two and three-bedroom condo is equipped with comfortable living quarters and a full kitchen – making it easy for you to run in for a quick bite and waste no time getting back out on the beach!
The quaint, local atmosphere in Atlantic Beach carries through to their Independence Day Activities. On the morning of July 4th, the town of Beaufort has a small-town parade that is followed by a community picnic with live music and frozen treats! The town of Pine Knoll Shores also hosts an Independence Day Parade which will start your celebration off with a bang. And we can’t forget the fireworks! Don’t miss out on the annual display beginning at 9:00p at the Atlantic Beach Circle!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the southeast – is home to the BlueWater Resort. With over 60 miles of sand, surf and activities, it’s easy to see why this location makes our list for favorite Fourth of July beach vacations. The BlueWater Resort is located right in the heart of the Myrtle Beach action and is just steps from the beach!
The BlueWater is composed of two buildings – a fifteen story high rise that is located on the beach and a second building with poolside villas that overlook the properties lazy river – located just across the street. You’ll find a variety of floorplans at the resort to accommodate all travelers – some units can sleep up to eight. Studio, one and two-bedroom layouts feature either a kitchenette or kitchen and a private balcony, many with ocean views! The onsite amenities will provide you with all you need for a perfect holiday weekend – hang by the outdoor pools and lazy river or enjoy the hot tub in the evening. Grab a bite at the onsite restaurant and of course, enjoy the beach access!
Myrtle Beach is home to several unique Independence Day celebrations – the Pawley’s Island Golf Cart Parade and Murrells Inlet Boat Parade being amongst them! At the 51st Annual Pawley’s Island Golf Cart Parade, participants create their own floats and join in a Patriotic display from 10:00am to noon. The Murrells Inlet Boat parade takes place in the evening on July 4th and hosts a similar vibe to the Golf Cart Parade. Participants compete for the best decorated boat – watch from the shore and help choose the winner by cheering for your favorite.
Looking for an activity packed and family friendly Fourth of July destination? Ocean City, Maryland is the place for you! Made up of ten miles of sand and surf the area is home to plenty of free attractions, a boardwalk full of shops, restaurants and live music and some of the most challenging golf courses in the mid-Atlantic. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach or exploring the 58 acres of local walking trails.
The Coconut Malorie Resort is a bay front property, located just minutes from the above-mentioned Ocean City attractions. Each of the Resort suites comfortably sleep up to four and include either a kitchen or a kitchenette – perfect for cooking a family meal! Enjoy amazing bay views while watching the sunrise and set from your unit’s balcony. The resort’s amenities include a heated outdoor pool, fitness facilities and a billiards room.
While you can expect to find firework celebrations throughout the town of Ocean City, they’ll also be accompanied by concerts. After spending your day on the beach, grab a quick nap before heading Downtown or Uptown to boogie with your family and enjoy a great fireworks display. Both events are free!
Palm Beach Resort
Located on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Orange Beach is less than 10 miles from the ever-popular Gulf Shores. While Orange Beach is not as well known, there’s no shortage of beauty in these white sand beaches and emerald waters. Orange Beach eliminates some of the Gulf Shores crowds and offers you a more relaxing setting to enjoy your Fourth of July. There’s plenty of watersports available to keep the kids happy, a large deep-sea fishing and golf community for Dad and plenty of sightseeing and shopping for Mom.
The Palm Beach Resort is an oceanfront property minutes from the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores attractions. With this amazing location we’re doubting you’ll want to spend any time indoors but should you need to recuperate from a day in the sun, these condos don’t disappoint! Each one, two and three-bedroom condo rental has a full kitchen, equipped for cooking several meals in during your stay, and large living areas to enjoy with the whole crew. The Resort has a picnic area (perfect for a Fourth BBQ) and a heated outdoor pool.
There’s plenty going on for Independence Day in Orange Beach. If you’re looking for a party, Fourth at the Wharf is a great way to kick off the holiday! The night before the big event there’s a headlining concert. The day of you’ll find a great fireworks display, the Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular and a patriotic water show! There’s also the Family Fun Zone that has live music, food and drinks for everyone. Looking for a little something out of the ordinary? If you’re a fan of history than the Fort Morgan’s salute to American Independence is something worth checking out! Head to Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores and watch as interpreters dressed in period US Army uniforms reenact moments in history through guided tours.
At VacationCondos.com, we’re hoping to help make your holiday a little sweeter with discounted rates on all the above resorts. Keep in mind, this is a busy time for these locations and any available units won’t last long!
Grab the family, hit the beach and celebrate in a new memory making location. We can’t wait to watch the fireworks with you!