The month that we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776, is finally here! Our storied city offers a load of cool events. Fireworks are on the calendar of course, and that’s just the start. Here’s a look at popular events to enjoy.
When: July 4, 4 pm -10 pm
Where: River Street, 487 River St., Savannah, GA 31401
It’s just not Independence Day without a fireworks show and the one on the riverfront is a time-honored Savannah tradition. More than just awesome pyrotechnics that dazzles the night sky, the evening is filled with live music and revelry. Grab a chair or a picnic blanket and plan to arrive early to claim your spot and settle in. Fireworks usually start around 9:30 pm.
When: July 4, 9:15pm-10pm
Where: Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion, 16th St., Tybee Island, GA 31328
If you want to spend July 4 frolicking on the beach, get to Tybee Island early in the day and plan to stay late for the fireworks display and island-wide food and drink specials afterward. You’ll want to stake out your vantage point well ahead of the start of the show which is typically between 9:15 and 9:30. Do note that the holiday is one of the busiest on Tybee. So, pack patience and have fun!
When: July 4, 11am-Noon
Where: Tybee Island Memorial Park, Tybee Island, GA 31328
What’s on your calendar for Independence Day morning? The folks on Tybee Island say, “Come one, come all.” Decorate your bicycle with red, white and blue frills and show your patriotic pride as you ride in a parade around the island. What fun, and how very Tybee!
When: July 4, 7am-10am
Where: Lake Mayer Park, 1850 E. Montgomery Cross Rd., Savannah, GA 31406
Cost: No registration fee
If this group run is on your Independence Day list of fun traditions, you’re far from alone. Every year, lots of folks show up to run or walk from Lake Mayer to pretty-as-a-picture Isle of Hope and back. Simply put, it’s a scenic run in good company. Then, after the run, it’s fresh cold watermelon for all!
When: July 14, 7pm-11pm
Where: Tybee American Legion Hall, 10 Veterans Dr, Tybee Island, GA 31328
After six years, this annual event is coming to an end. So don’t miss the final Tybee Prom where you can “cut a rug” to tunes spun by DJ Barri Marshall and 50s and 60s songs harmonized by the trio Girlfriends. The prom theme is “Swan Song” and you’re encouraged to don white, black and/or silver attire and to make a fashion statement in true Tybee style with prom wear from any decade.
When: July 14, 8 am start for the 5K, 7:40 am Kids Run
Where: Grand Prize of America Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401
Cost: $30 until July 12, $35 day of the race
Get ready to get wet and to soak other runners with your water gun in this charity run. Besides being a great way to cool off in a 5K on a summer day, this family-friendly water fest is as fun as all get out. Youngsters will have a blast too in the Kids Fun Run which is known for turning into a delightful water fight. And, when the run is done, you get to snack on refreshing watermelon.
When: July 17, 6 pm
Where: The Rail Pub, 405 W Congress St, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Including this month, you’ve got four more opportunities to participate in this fun social run. Choose your distance – two, three or five-or-so miles – and return to The Rail Pub for drinks and socializing. A safety tip: It’s recommended that you wear reflective apparel and/or accessories to be more visible and to carry a light or use a headlamp.
Where: Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
When: July 20, 6pm-10pm
Cost: $40 per person
There are a couple more “fish fry Fridays” (this month and August) at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Here’s some of what’s on the menu: freshly fried whiting prepared by Gullah/Geechee “Dash Cooks,” Savannah Red Rice with its magical mix of textures, and a coastal low country boil. And as you savor the flavor of this culinary experience, the Saltwata Players will be there to entertain you with tambourines, scrub boards, and Gullah/Geechee folkways.
Where: River Street, Rousakis Plaza, Savannah, GA 31401
When: July 20 - 22, Saturday, 11am – 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
This month is Unity in the Community’s annual back-to-school event on River Street. To be sure, you can expect diverse arts and crafts vendors and live musical entertainment. And in keeping with the theme, the event will also feature school supply giveaways and an educational aspect with UITC’s inner city youth outreach program.
Where: Tybee Island
When: July 21, 8:30pm-10:30pm
This month’s outdoor flick on Tybee Island is the sweet and well-told film Dolphin Tale. It’s based on the true story of a young dolphin (Winter) that lost her tail after being caught in a crab trap. She was rescued and taken to a marine rehabilitation center where a young boy befriends her and bands together with a compassionate group of strangers to save her life. He convinces a doctor to make a prosthetic to help the dolphin be able to swim again and the rest, as they say, is history.
Have a festive Fourth and a fun-filled July! As always, there’s a lot to do and love. Our hometown is the place to have a star-spangled good time, not just this month but all year through. So, get out and take delight in The Hostess City with friends and family as often as you can.