When the tourist season swings into high gear, the night skies of Hilton Head sizzle with fireworks. Running from mid-June through to mid-August, beginning around 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting, of course), Shelter Cove Marina hosts a pyrotechnic display visible all along Broad Creek. Admission and parking are free, and the shopping area offers ample opportunity for refreshment and entertainment. Of all the Island’s summer events, this is probably one of the most popular.
There are a number of ways to view the fireworks. Don’t miss the Tuesday night Summer Jams in Shelter Cove Community Park, sponsored by the Island Recreation Center. Then catch the festival atmosphere along Shelter Cove Harbour’s waterfront. Many local retail businesses set up kiosks to sell their wares throughout the evening.
The view from the water is always excellent – a front row seat! If you don’t have access to your own boat, many boat and sailing cruise companies as well as nature and kayak tour companies schedule special fireworks cruises that combine the display with a sightseeing tour, dolphin watching, fishing trips, or a dinner cruise. If you would like to try one of these, make sure you ask the company if they offer a Tuesday night fireworks trip.
If you’re thinking of renting a boat or kayak for the occasion, make sure they permit after-dark rentals.
If your venturing into the Harbour on a Tuesday evening, exercise extra caution because the area may be congested.
For more information on fireworks cruises and events, contact:
Commander Zodiac (843) 671-3344
Dolphin and Nature Cruises (843) 681-2522
Dolphin Seafari (843) 785-2345
Enjoy Daufuskie (843) 342-8687
The Gypsy (843) 363-2900
The Holiday (843) 785-4558
Kayak Hilton Head (843) 684-1910
Live Oac Adventures (888) 254-8362
Outside Hilton Head (800) 686-6996
Sky Pirate Watersports (843) 686-5323
Spirit of Harbour Town (843) 363-9026
Vagabond Cruises ( 843) 363-9023