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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Pawleys Island

by Emily Smith

This year, Pawleys Island will celebrate Independence Day with their 54th Annual 4th of July Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend this community event that begins at 10am on Myrtle Avenue. 

Last year’s parade was cancelled due to Covid-19, so the town and community are excited to be gathering together once more in 2021 to commemorate the 4th in their traditional fashion. 

People bedeck all manner of vehicles in red, white and blue for the occasion— from cars and trucks to boats and golf cars— and drive them down the avenue as part of the parade. Even the occasional motorcycle and lawn mower have been known to show up as part of the patriotic procession. There are also floats that display colors and flags, or support a local business, association, or non-profit. 

Commemorative shirts for the annual parade are available for purchase at the Pawleys Island Town Hall, located at 323 Myrtle Avenue. Orders can be placed online as well by emailing Sizes are available for toddler up to 2XL.

The two days following the Fourth of July mark the Summer Island Trash Pickup. During this time, residents are encouraged to bring unwanted household items and yard debris to the end of their driveway. The town will pick up the materials and dispose of them properly. Hazardous and electrical equipment is not permitted as part of the pick up.  

For more information regarding either of these events, contact the town at 843-237-1698 or visit for their event calendar. The Town Hall is also open from 9am until 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

As a holiday reminder, personal fireworks remain prohibited on the island at all times.

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