South Carolina’s 4th of July Tradition Salute from the Shore

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Salute from the Shore to Feature ‘Air Parade’ of F-16s and Other Military Aircraft Flyover of South Carolina’s Coast on July Fourth. South Carolina’s 4th of July Tradition.

Salute from the Shore, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2010 by patriotic South Carolinians to honor our armed forces on Independence Day. Every year on July Fourth, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America’s finest for their bravery and commitment to protecting our freedom.

The focal point of the Salute from the Shore has traditionally been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft. This year, Salute from the Shore is proud to announce that the annual tribute will continue with a flyover of F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, as well as other military aircraft.

Participants on the beaches are strongly urged to organize patriotic displays in groups, big and small, and to share their tributes online for our armed forces around the world to see.

The Flyover will commence at 1:00 PM in Cherry Grove and conclude over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:30 PM.

Event coordinators are also working with volunteer pilots to organize vintage military aircraft to follow behind the F-16s. The vintage planes’ flights are dependent on weather and a variety of mechanical conditions necessary to ensure a safe flight. Please refer to the website prior to the 4th of July for details on whether vintage planes will participate in this year’s Salute. Various factors including wind speed and aircraft type will determine when, and if, the vintage aircraft arrive at different locations along the coast.

Salute from the Shore urges visitors to “Salute” by wearing and waving red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. Salute from the Shore also encourages participants to share their stories about why they love America and those that protect it by posting their own video and images of the event on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world.

Participants can share online at, Facebook, Twitter - @July4Salute (#SalutefromtheShore), and Instagram - @July4salute (#SalutefromtheShore).