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2012 4th of July event guide for Savannah, Tybee & beyond

2012 4th of July event guide for Savannah, Tybee & beyond

by Cate Mafera on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 10:30am
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Independence Day is right around the corner! Check out an event guide below for happenings around the Coastal Empire. Since July 4 is on a Wednesday this year, please note the various event dates. Feel free to comment below if you have an event that's not included in my list.


Great American Weekend
July 7 – 8. Join your fellow countrymen, women, and children, families and friends as we celebrate our nation's independence in good old american style on the historic River Street. Arts, crafts, entertainment, games, food, contests and more highlight this great event.

Savannah Sand Gnats Fireworks Extravaganza
First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., fireworks will be after the game, July 4, Historic Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Dr. The Sand Gnats host the Charleston RiverDogs.

First Friday Oyster Roast
7 - 9:45 p.m. July 6, The Westin Savannah Harbor, 1 Resort Drive. Buckets of oysters, a bar and a band! Riverside at the Westin every First Friday - Enjoy live entertainment sponsored by Adventure Radio. Full libations and great food await, including tasty grill items for the landlubbers. Join us for an evening of dancing under the stars at our relaxed resort setting.

July 4th Fireworks on River Street
9:15 p.m. July 4, River Street. Bring your blankets, chairs, refreshments and the family for a spectacular fireworks show.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise
8 - 10:30 p.m. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 East River Street. Celebrate our nation's independence with the River Street Riverboat Company. Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of a city founded in 1733. During the 1 1/2 hour cruise, dance to the music of our Riverboat DJ spinning your favorite tunes. The evening will also feature the spectacular waterfront fireworks display. Each Riverboat has two climate controlled decks for comfort and an outdoor deck for viewing. Cash bar and snack bar will be available during the cruise. Cost: $29.95 per adults, $23.95 per child 12 & under. For more info., call 912-232-6404.

"I Pledge" Project
July 1 at Leopold's Ice Cream, Broughton Street. Children, 12 and under, will be rewarded with a free scoop of ice cream just for reciting the pledge of allegiance from memory. The "I Pledge" Project takes place each July 1st in their store in downtown Savannah, Georgia.


Celebrate Independance Day at Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski will be celebrating the 4th of July a few days early this year.
Schedule of events for June 30:

  • Ranger guided tours of the fort: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cannon Firings: 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Patriotic concert: Noon
  • Musket firings 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Schedule of events for July 1:

  • Cannon firings: 10 a.m. and noon
  • Musket firings: 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Guided fort tours: 1 and 4 p.m.
  • National Anthem: 2 p.m.
  • Blue and grey civil war baseball game. Families can participate in the game with the soldiers.: 3 p.m.

Tybee Island’s Fireworks on the Pier
At dark around 9:15 p.m. July 3. The fireworks are staged on the pier, but can be seen from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches. Free. For more info, call 912-786-5444 or 800-868-2322.

Keep Tybee Tidy: Combating Litter by Land for the Sea
6:30 a.m. July 4. Tybee Pier and Pavilion. We share our coastal waterways with diverse sea creatures. Most marine debris starts on land and is transported by wind and rain to our waterways. Keeping litter out of the waterways is important to the health of marine life, humans and our environment. One way you can help is to volunteer during litter cleanups. Join Tybee Beautification Association Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 a.m. for the annual Post Fireworks BEACH SWEEP. Meet downtown Tybee at the Pier and Pavilion for materials and key locations.


Fireworks in Richmond Hill
The city of Richmond Hill will hold its annual Independence Day celebration a few days before July 4 this year on June 30. The early date is to allow for the celebratory events to take place on a Saturday rather than during the middle of the week, as July 4 is on a Wednesday this year. The celebration will take place from 4-9:30 p.m. in J.F. Gregory Park and is free.
Featured events include:

  • Heart N’ Soul Band starts at 6 p.m. and plays through 9 p.m.
  • Food and drinks available for purchase from 4-9 p.m.
  • Family fishing begins at 4 p.m.
  • Car show
  • Children’s games
  • Fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.
  • Water rides for the kids
  • No alcohol or glass containers allowed
  • Bring your coolers, lounge chairs and blankets
  • Bring a change of clothes for the kids after the water rides

Fourth of July at Fort McAllister
Fort McAllister State Historic Park will observe Independence Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 4 by hosting Civil War-era games such as sack and wheel barrel race, and serving ice-cold watermelon. Park Manager Danny Brown encourages everyone to pack a lunch and come enjoy the day. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.75 for children. For more information, call 727-2339.

Pembroke Picnic and Concert
6 p.m. July 1, First Baptist Church, 169 Church St., Pembroke. The city of Pembroke and First Baptist Church of Pembroke will host a Patriotic Picnic and Concert featuring the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division Ceremonial Band on July 1. Special guests include Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, commanding general of Fort Stewart, and other dignitaries. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of patriotic music. Free and open the public. For more information, call 912-653-4952.


Independence Day Celebration at Hunter Army Airfield
July 3 event schedule:

  • Kids fishing tournament from 7 - 9 a.m. at Hallstrom Lake, more info: 912-315-9554
  • Worth Fighting for Golf Scramble at 9 a.m., register by July 1, more info: 912-315-9115
  • Hunter outdoor pool from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., free admission
  • Family activities from 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Live concert at Family Day Field, 4:30 p.m. gates open, 5 p.m. Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots, 7:30 p.m. Joe Bachman
  • Fireworks begin following the concert at Parade Field

Pets & coolers are prohibited at all locations. In addition; cameras, video recorders, umbrellas, grills & tents are prohibited at the concert. For more information call 912-767-6212 or visit Click here to view the event brochure.

Independence Day Celebration at Fort Stewart
July 4 event schedule:

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Free children's activities for families of soldiers at Newman Field, including a Bounce House, Turbo Slide, Wild One Slide, climbing wall, trampoline jump, spin art, character drawing, mechanical bull, video arcade, balloon artist, outdoor laser tag, CYSS games and face-painting. Food vendors also will be present. Free admission for soldiers and family members at The Springs Splashpark outdoor pool and other activities in the Corkan Family Recreation Area. Bowling at Stewart Lanes will be free. Water activities will include water slides, water tag and misting palms. 
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Hinesville Military Affairs Committee food court sponsors will serve soldiers and their family members a variety of traditional Independence Day foods such as barbecue, sausage dogs, hot dogs and hamburgers in the vicinity of Car Care Service Center near Newman Fitness Center. 
  • 6 - 10 p.m.: Independence Day concert at Donovan Field will feature country singer Martina McBride, actor/singer/songwriter Mario and country band Mockingbird Sun.
  • 10 p.m.: Fireworks over Donovan Field and Fort Stewart will last about 30 minutes. The display begins immediately at the close of the concert.

Pets and coolers are prohibited at all locations for the Independence Day celebration. Cameras, umbrellas, grills, tents, & Video cameras are prohibited at the Donovan Field concert. Click here to view the event brochure


Freedom Rings Festival and Parade in Rincon
5 - 10 p.m. June 29, Lowe's Parking Lot. Activities include children's inflatables, mobile video games, pie eating contest, dunk tank, food and craft vendors, games, prizes and much more. An Independence Day parade is at 10 a.m. on June 30. For more info, call 912-826-5996. Click here to see the parade route.  

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