Surfside Beach hosting 50th anniversary ceremony Friday


SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Surfside Beach will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday night with a ceremony at the Surfside Beach Library, in addition to several other events later this year.

The ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library, located at 410 Surfside Drive, and will be acknowledging the 50 years since the town's incorporation, and the people who have been instrumental in making it the town it is today. The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

Surfside had gained the reputation as "The Family Beach" by 1964, and the town was becoming a popular place to visit and retire. The Township increased police protection, and brought several improvements, such as mosquito and sanitation control, street lights, and strategic zoning ordinances. Public parking and walkways to the beach were created, and government offices were constructed off of Highway 17.

For an in-depth look at the town's history, head to:

Surfside Beach will also be holding celebrations for Founder's Day Weekend in May. Below are details from the town on these events:


Friday, May 2, 2014 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Surfside Drive

- Beach music provided  by Sea Cruz, food available for purchase and fun times. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening celebrating the kick off to our weekend long celebration of Founder's Day.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Surfside Pier parking lot

-Nostalgia is the theme of this Saturday celebration! A juggler,

stilt walker, magician, carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, hot dogs and a carousel.

50th Anniversary shirts and hats available for purchase all day.

Evening fireworks at 9 pm to finish the day long celebration.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Surfside Pier/Passive Park - Join us in the morning for a special Blessing of the Beach at 7a.m.!

Local clergy, choirs and praise teams will help us celebrate the gift that is our beach. In the afternoon,

 join us at our Passive Park for music and a family picnic from 1-3 p.m.

Families can bring their own picnic lunch or concessions will be available for purchase.

In October, Surfside Beach will also be holding the following 50th anniversary events:


Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:30pm

- Old fashioned drive-in movie to be shown at Dusk

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Surfside Drive -

Oyster Roast and Jazz, Bar-B-Que and Blue Grass. Music, food and a Car Show.

For more information contact Debbie Ellis at (843) 650-9548 or

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