If you thought the only question this Fourth of July was whether to hit the downtown Savannah fireworks or the Tybee Island celebration, you don't have all the information!
DO Savannah is here to help locals and visitors be in the know about everything fun that will be offered that weekend, not only in Savannah, but also in Richmond Hill, Bluffton and other surrounding areas.
Tybee Island Independence Day fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 3. Tybee Island. Celebrate America's birthday with a spectacular fireworks display on Tybee Island. The fireworks show can be enjoyed from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, the beach or anywhere on the eastern side of Tybee Island. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 912-786-5444 or go to www.visittybee.com.
CAT offers Fireworks Shuttle
6:30-11 p.m. July 4. Avoid the hassles of traffic and parking by catching the Chatham Area Transit Fireworks Shuttle. For the first time, CAT is offering a non-stop shuttle from Savannah Mall to the Joe Murray Rivers Jr. Intermodal Transit Center on July 4. Shuttle service will begin from the Savannah Mall bus stop, near the food court, at 6:30 p.m., with the last shuttle leaving for the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. The shuttle will operate about every 30 minutes. The River Street fireworks are scheduled for 9-9:30 p.m. Return service will begin at the Transit Center at 10 p.m. The last shuttle will leave at 11 p.m. The cost is $3 round-trip, and exact fare is required. For more info, go to www.catchacat.org or call 912-233-5767.
River Street Fourth of July Celebration
4-10 p.m. July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6. River Street. The Savannah Waterfront Association will be hosting its annual Fourth of July festival from July 4-6. Enjoy live entertainment on the Arbor Stage with Those Cats at 6 p.m., followed by The Hypnotics at 8 p.m. on July 4, then hear the Radio Birds at 8 p.m. July 5. Regional artisans will be set up along the plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for festival goers to browse. Find a full entertainment schedule at www.riverstreetsavannah.com.
Air National Guard Mobile Experience
4-10 p.m. July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6. River Street. The Air National Guard, a reserve component of the United States Air Force, will feature its Air National Guard Mobile Experience at the River Street Fourth of July Celebration from July 4-6. The immersive experience will provide an opportunity to participate in simulated challenges that replicate the real-life experiences of Air Guard men and women during basic military training, technical training and drill weekends. The experience features a series of three challenges in which participants will be able to demonstrate their physical strength and agility, test their responsiveness under pressure, hone their surveillance skills and test their electronic, medical, mechanical, observational and spatial aptitudes. To learn more, go to www.multivu.com.
First Friday Art March Independence Day Festival
6-9 p.m. July 4. Art Rise Savannah, 2427 De Soto Ave. The Independence Day Festival features more art, more food and more music than the Art March has ever had before! On the One West Victory Music Stage, catch KidSyc, KNife, Xuluprophet, Shapes & Their Names, DJ Snake and the Spitfire Poetry Group. Art offerings include live painting with Jen Salmon, projection mapping by Switzon Wigfall, video art by Carolyn Hepler-Smith and spin art from Art Rise Savannah. Enjoy craft beer at the Southbound Brewery Art Bar and food from Casa Su Bistro. Admission is free and open to all. Afterward, enjoy the Freaky Free Friday Art March After Party featuring Sunshine & Bullets at The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Contact Clinton Edminster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Foxy Fourth
7-11 p.m. July 4. Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and CafÃ©, 1919 Bull St. In conjunction with the First Friday Art March, Foxy Loxy will have Markus Kuhlmann and Jon Waits of Waits & Co. performing, $2 Lonestars, free sparklers with any of our tasty cocktails and cornhole in the courtyard. Learn more at www.foxyloxycafe.com.DAR celebration10 a.m. July 4. Colonial Cemetery, 201 Abercorn St. The Daughters of the American Revolution will host the annual Fourth of July celebration at 10 a.m. in Colonial Cemetery at the Button Gwinnett Memorial. Stratton Leopold will be the guest speaker. The Savannah Pipes and Drums Band and the Scottish American Military Society Color Guard will also be featured, and Emily Iocovozzi will be singing. Leopold will be receiving the Daughters of the American Revolution's Community Service Award for his years of generous patriotic public service. Dress is casual and all are welcome. Cookies and lemonade will be served following the ceremony. For additional information, call 912-429-8682. Independence Day Colonial Faire11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4. Fort Morris State Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Road. Fort Morris State Historic Site will present its annual Independence Day Colonial Faire. There will be games of skill, prizes, colonial music, musket and cannon firings and you will be able to meet some of the Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. Come and celebrate with us before you take off to your favorite fireworks display. Admission is free. Fort Morris is located seven miles east of I-95, exit 76 in historic Sunbury. Follow the brown Liberty Trail signs. Learn more at www.gastateparks.org/FortMorris. Celebrate America at Fort Pulaski11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4. Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Hwy. 80 E. The National Parks Service and Fort Pulaski National Monument will celebrate the Nation's 238th birthday with family-friendly programs July 4. A special program featuring the flags that flew over Fort Pulaski during the Civil War era will be offered at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. There will be cannon firing demonstrations at noon and 3 p.m. Children will be able to play and interact with National Park Service employees and volunteers as they participate in hands-on activities, including arts and crafts and musket drills. Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Hwy. 80 and an entrance fee of $5 per person is charged; ages 15 and younger are admitted free. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/fopu or call 912-786-5787. Magnolia Park's 20th annual Fourth of July Parade11 a.m.=noon July 4. Corner of Woodland Drive and Forsyth Street. The 20th annual Magnolia Park Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade will feature decorated bikes, golf carts, wheelbarrows and even lawnmowers. Residents are invited to bring family and friends. The parade route will take participants from the assembly at the corner of Forsyth Street and Woodland Drive (off Derenne Avenue), and then wind its way through the streets of Woodland, Forsyth, Colonial, Lovett, Brogden, Latimer, Cokesbury, Morgan and Bacon Park and end up at the Magnolia Park Neighborhood Pool for the picnic and barbecue festivities. The end of the parade is scheduled for noon with a pledge to the flag at the pool lawn. Everyone is invited to bring desserts, side dishes and snacks to add to the picnic. For more information, go to www.magnoliaparksavannah.com.
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
8-10:30 p.m. July 4. Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St. Get on board for drink specials, live entertainment and an unforgettable night! During this 1 1/2 hour cruise, dance to live music and enjoy the waterfront fireworks show. Tickets are $32.95 for adults, $25.95 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. Prices do not include taxes or port fees. To RSVP, go to www.savannahriverboat.com.
8 a.m. July 4. Lake Mayer Park, 7235 Sallie Mood Drive. This is not a race, it's just a fun group run open to all. There will be marked 6-mile and 8-mile loops from Lake Mayer through Isle of Hope and back. After the run, enjoy lots of watermelon! No registration fee, no pre-registration required, just show up! Learn more at www.fleetfeetsavannah.com.
Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade
4-8 p.m. July 4. Old Town Dispensary, 15 Captains Cove, Bluffton. Show off your golf cart decorated with American pride at this parade. Judging begins at 6:30 p.m., with a $300 first place prize, $150 for second and $50 for third. Learn more at www.otdbluffton.com.
An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in Brunswick
7 p.m. July 4. Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Gloucester and Bay streets. Brunswick's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration will feature free watermelon slices for everyone, live music and plenty of old-fashioned games like sack races, water balloon tossing and Hula Hoop contests, along with fun prizes for the winners. The evening will kick off with patriotic music provided by the Coastal Brass Choir. First Baptist Church of Brunswick will be manning the paintball game and pedal car races. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas and more will be available for sale. Then at dark, a spectacular fireworks display explodes over the East River to the strains of patriotic music. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-6934 or go to www.goldenislesarts.org.
Richmond Hill Independence Day Celebration
5-9:30 p.m. July 5. J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar St., Richmond Hill. Enjoy a night of food and fun for all ages in J.F. Gregory Park, with live entertainment provided by The Tams. This event is free and open to the public. A variety of food, drinks and sweet treats will be available for purchase. There will also be a farmers' market, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, inflatable water slides and an obstacle course for the kids. The fireworks display will begin after dark, around 9 p.m., and parking is available at the J.F. park. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs. Coolers are permitted but no glass or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. To learn more, call 912-756-3345 or go to www.richmondhill-ga.gov.
Let Freedom Roar
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 5. Savannah Harley-Davidson, 6 Gateway Blvd. Enjoy free hot dogs while supplies last. There will also be a bouncy house and water slide for the kids. Discounts on end-of-season apparel will also be available. Learn more at www.savannahhd.com.
All-American Bike Night
6-9 p.m. July 6. Southern Biker Gear, 4158 U.S. Hwy. 17, Richmond Hill. All-American Bike Night will feature live music, barbecue, raffles, bike games and a pin-up girl costume contest. The contest is open to all and will offer a prize. A portion of all proceeds will help the Bomber Girls LRC support our troops! Learn more at www.southernbikergear.com.