While relaxing the day away with loved ones might be the top priority on your summer beach vacation, you'll definitely want to set aside some time to enjoy our events. After all, North Myrtle Beach and the greater Myrtle Beach area are known for hosting plenty of family-friendly festivities during the summer, and 2019 is no exception. We’ve compiled a list of some of the area’s most popular events and festivals so you can make the most of your family’s trip to North Myrtle Beach.

START THE SUMMER OFF RIGHT

Throughout the month of May, honor the men, women and families of our armed forces at one of the many Military Appreciation Days events happening on the Grand Strand, including the official Military Appreciation Days Parade. Kick off your Memorial Day weekend by taking the family to this fun and patriotic parade on Saturday, May 25. Make plans to stick around after the parade to enjoy a picnic lunch and live entertainment at The Market Common, just a short drive down Highway 17.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

If you love live music, head to the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Drive for the free Music on Main concert series. Every Thursday evening through the end of September, an exciting band takes the stage for a night of family-friendly entertainment. Trust us . . . you won't want to forget your dancing shoes!

On select Fridays throughout the summer, you can find more live music at the Sounds of Summer concert series. Held at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, these festive concerts are great for the whole family. Even better? They're free to attend.

As the birthplace of the Carolina Shag, we love to celebrate our music heritage. So, why not join in? Give your kids the opportunity to learn about this special tradition with the Society of Stranders (SOS) during the Junior SOS on July 16–21. Here, they can learn the Shag and meet other young, aspiring dancers. (Don’t worry, Mom and Dad . . . there are plenty of places for you to cut a rug, like iconic Fat Harold’s, which has a variety of exciting events each week throughout the summer, including Shag lessons, line dancing and popular beach music bands). 

Dance the night away in North Myrtle Beach

SAVOR THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND CUISINE

After a day spent relaxing on the beach or exploring some of the area’s unexpected adventures, head to Barefoot Landing. Here, you’ll find something for everyone, including delicious waterfront dining, charming shops, and award-winning theaters and entertainment venues like House of Blues and Alabama Theatre. Make plans to go to dinner and a show, then stick around after for Barefoot Landing’s spectacular (and free!) fireworks display, which takes place every Monday night through August, as well as holidays.

As you spend your Fourth of July on the beach, be sure to look to the sky for the 10th Annual Salute from the Shore. This magnificent flyover features military planes from yesteryear and the modern aircraft of today. If you’re staying in the Cherry Grove neighborhood of North Myrtle Beach, you’ll be right around the corner from another dazzling fireworks show at the Cherry Grove Pier that evening.

KICK BACK AND RELAX

Looking for a quieter, more slow-paced event? Spend a night under the stars with your family at Movies @ McLean. Featuring free kid-friendly movies on select Fridays through mid-October, Movies @ McLean takes place at peaceful McLean Park and is the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time with your kids. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset, so your kids are sure to love staying up past their bedtime (After all, they’re on vacation, too!).

While you’re enjoying these events, be sure to share your photos and videos on social media using #ExploreNMB and #JustCoast.

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