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UPDATED: 4th of July Event & Info Guide

UPDATED: 4th of July Event & Info Guide

by Cate Mafera on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:31am

Celebrate our nation's independence with these great events happening in the Coastal Empire. You'll also find parking information, safety tips and more.

Tybee to enforce parking prohibition July 3
Tybee Island’s fireworks show tonight is free, but it may cost you.
In a 4 to 3 vote, decided by the mayor, the city council recently voted to prohibit parking in city right-of-way — including the grassy shoulders along roads — and other unmarked parking spaces. Read full story.

Tybee Island Independence Day fireworks on the beach

Tybee Island will host its annual Independence Day fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. July 3.
The fireworks are set off about 30 minutes after dark from the Walter Parker Pier in the south beach area. They will be visible from any of the beaches on the east side of the island, as well as from many homes and cottages west of the beaches. Click here for more info.

July 4th Fireworks on River Street
The annual fireworks presentation on River Street is scheduled to fire up at 9:15 p.m. on Independence Day. The July 4th Fireworks on River Street event is sponsored by Wet Willie’s, the City of Savannah and Chatham County.

Boating Safety Tips
With July 4th approaching, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers several tips for safe boating.
Here are some of the recommended safety rules for boating:
• Designate an operator. Do not drink and operate a boat.
• Take a boating safety course. Go to goboatgeorgia.com for course listings.
• Wear a life jacket. Children under 10 years of age are required by law to wear a life jacket while onboard a moving boat, but everyone should wear a life jacket.
• Don’t overload your boat with people or equipment.
• Use navigation lights at all times when on the water at night.
Click here for the full safety tips list.

Officials urge caution as Savannah celebrates Independence Day

Independence Day may fall on a Wednesday this year, but officials are sill expecting large crowds for fireworks displays and plenty of traffic on the highways and water.
Click here for water and fireworks safety and Wednesday's traffic plan.

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 stewartmwr.com.

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.

Fireworks, pets don't mix

In the days and weeks following July 4, many animal shelters report a surge of stray dogs and cats. Some of these animals arrive with bloody paws and cuts from their desperate escapes. Click here to read more.

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.

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.

Independence Day Celebration at Fort Stewart featuring Martina McBride in Concert
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.

Fort McAllister to feature Civil War reenactment

Civil War reenactment troops will fire special salutes and there will be games and a slice of watermelon for visitors at Fort McAllister from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4. Fort McAllister is located at 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill. Admission is $3.50 to $6.50. For info, call 912-727-2339.

Richmond Hill celebrates Independence Day

The city of Richmond Hill will held its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday at J.F. Gregory Park. View photo gallery here.

'I Pledge' for Ice Cream at Leopold's Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream held their annual I Pledge For Ice Cream Project Sunday.View photos here.

Freedom Rings in Rincon

Blistering heat didn’t stop the July 4th celebrations in Rincon this weekend.
The annual parade stepped off this morning with crowds and parade participants showing their red, white and blue.
Read the full story here.

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