MURRELS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Boats will hit the water, and fireworks will blast over it, for Independence Day celebrations in Murrells Inlet.
The Murrells Inlet Fireworks Show was close to not happening at all this year. A concern with bringing the show back was debris. Organizers are aware fireworks and the boat parade can leave behind litter and they don't want this waste to send the marsh to waste, so organizers made sure that a clean-up is part of the plan.
It's a joint effort from Georgetown Co. Parks and Recreation, Murrells Inlet 2020, and the Marshwalk restaurants.
Following the fireworks show, those putting on the show will clean the debris off the pier that night. Then, there will be a clean-up Sunday. Murrells Inlet 2020 is calling on the community to help.
If you want to join in Sunday, all you have to do is show up in the Wicked Tuna parking lot at 8 a.m. You'll get supplies, hit the water, and provide that positive impact on the community.
So now that's in order, the events can take place, as they have been for decades.
The 32nd boat parade will kick off 4th of July festivities for Murrells Inlet. It will start at 10 a.m., in Garden City and will cruis along to the Inlet. The theme is Red, White and Southern.
Then at 10 p.m., there will be a 20-minute fireworks show, which organizers are calling the Grand Strand's largest fireworks display.
It's an event geared to both locals and tourists, and thousands are expected to line the Marshwalk for these events. The challenge for visitors this year, according to Murrells Inlet 2020 Executive Director, Renee Williamson, is that the 4th falls on a Saturday.
"As all the locals we call that, "switch out Saturday," and so people are having to check out and check in, on Saturday," Williamson said. "It's made it kind of difficult, we've had a lot of phone calls, you know, because they feel like they're gonna miss one or the other."
To keep things in perspective, the day is to celebrate our nation's birthday, so the group is glad it was able to help bring back these events.
If you can't make it to Murrells Inlet, there will be fireworks shows from Cherry Grove to Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach, 2nd Avenue Pier, and in Surfside Beach.
Murrells Inlet 2020 Survey Results
Murrells Inlet representatives went straight to you to find out what they need to do to make it the best place for you to visit, and live. They sent out surveys to get your input, and the results are in.
The surveys included about two dozen questions, with options for people to voice their ideas. They all surround Murrells Inlet 2020's mission including the environment, tourism and redevelopment.
Williamson said, overall, the results were positive, and very helpful for moving forward.
Although she didn't want to give away too much just yet, she said one common topic was expanding the bike path. Some ideas, like the bike path, are ones that have been discussed by the organization but because you brought them up again in your survey results, Williamson says it confirms, they should be part of future planning.
The next step for Murrells Inlet 2020 is to organize the ideas into a strategic plan for the future.
"It's going to be months and months of planning, it will probably be into 2016 because any great strategic plan that's put together, takes a long time. We really need to take our time and put it together right, so that we have another five years with a solid plan," Williamson said.
The survey results and this strategic plan will be top of the agenda for the organization's meeting, July 14.