The city of Tybee Island is busy preparing for one of its biggest attractions - the Fourth of July fireworks on the beach.
The display is set to begin about 9:15 p.m. July 3, but guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the notorious bottleneck of traffic that forms on U.S. 80.
"I always advise people to come early to avoid the traffic," said Lindsay Fruchtl, marketing director for Tybee Island Tourism Council. "I tell everyone to come on out and eat on the island and hang out on the beach for a while."
Fruchtl also said the fireworks, funded by the city, take place on the pier near the pavilion and are only visible from the east side of the island.
"You can try to watch the fireworks from other places around the island, but I believe the closer you are to the pier, the better the fireworks look," Fruchtl said.
While the July 3 event draws a huge crowd, it also brings loads of garbage to the beach.
According to Kathryn Williams, the beach sweep coordinator for the Tybee Beautification Association and owner of North Beach Bar and Grill, "the day after the fireworks is the worst.
"People always complain that Orange Crush creates the most garbage on the beach, but the day after the fireworks is so much worse because we don't just get left with the little stuff like cigarette butts and cups.
"People leave towels, chairs, unopened containers of fireworks - you name it.
"We always find people asleep on the beach, even though that's against the law."
Williams said the amount of garbage left is due to the fact that people celebrate all day long on the beach and then leave after dark.
"Maybe they cannot see how much garbage they are leaving behind," she said.
The Tybee Beautification Association organizes the beach sweeps several times each year and said the mayor and city manager also come out to help.
"Everyone comes out to help. It's a huge effort.
"We meet at the pier and pavilion at 6:30 a.m. on July 4," Williams said.
"We provide snacks, water, trash bags, gloves and a limited supply of grabbers to reach the trash on the ground. We ask everyone to bring their own grabbers if they have one."
Williams also adds that parking at the pavilion is free to anyone who comes out to help pick up trash. Parking passes are distributed by the group at the pavilion.
Residents don't have to come to the pier and pavilion to help pick up trash.
"If you can't come down, then just pick up trash in your neighborhood," William said.
"Just be sure to tie up the bag of trash and leave it beside the trash can and not in it - we want to leave plenty of space in trash cans around town so people won't throw trash on the ground."
IF YOU GO
What: Fourth of July fireworks
When: Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. July 3; beach cleanup at 6:30 a.m. July 4
Where: Tybee Island
Info: www.cityoftybee.org, visittybee.com/events
For more information on the July 4 beach sweep, contact the Tybee Beautification Association at email@example.com or go to newshag.wix.com/tba.