Around Town


Celebrating the Fourth of July is as all-American as apple pie, hot dogs, potato chips, baked beans and a cold beverage on a hot summer day.

Here’s a sampling of patriotic events scheduled in the Lowcountry to mark the day in 1776 that members of the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. All events are weather permitting and subject to change:


Lab Open House: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. Explore the lives of Lowcountry animals including fish, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, frogs, lizards, snakes and an alligator.  Discover through hands-on, interactive displays and games. $2 per person donation suggested, no reservations required.

Saturday Night FeverGet your bell bottoms out and your boogie shoes on for the Arts Center’s Southeastern premiere of Saturday Night Fever. Look back to the 70s with music and lyrics by the legendary Bee Gees for this story about a 19-year-old Brooklyn ladies’ man, Tony Manero, whose weekends are spent at the local disco where he can temporarily forget about his dead-end job. In the midst of his passion for dancing at the club, Tony finds himself caught up in a love triangle with his ex-girlfriend and new girl Stephanie. “Stayin’ Alive,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Tragedy,” “More than a Woman,” and “How Deep is Your Love,” are just a few of the gems in this disco party of a musical.


JULY 4TH PARADE: Show off your red, white and blue spirit by decorating your bicycle, wagon, dog or kids for a fun-filled parade around Harbour Town. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Harbour Town Lighthouse at 8:30 a.m. to register and pick up decorating supplies. Parade line-up begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and entries will be judged on patriotism. Supplies are limited to the first 100 registered. Following the parade, join us for carnival games, inflatables and more. 843-842-1979.

tunerSHELTER COVE HARBOUR & MARINA, WILL HOST HARBOURFEST again this summer. Shannon Tanner show times: 6:30 and 8 p.m. Cappy the Clown 6 -9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Through Memorial Day weekend. Fireworks schedule (fireworks begin at dusk, weather permitting): Tuesdays except for July 4. June 12, 19 , 26 , July 4 (Wednesday), July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 Neptune Circle Entertainment will be provided by Steel Drum Performer, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Parrot Palooza – Thursdays, June 14 – August 16. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Youth Theatre


Main Street Youth Theatre kicks off the season with Danny Zuko, Sandy Dumbrowski, the Pink Ladies and the rest of the gang with popular musical “Grease.” But hold onto your bobby socks: The stage production is adding musical scenes from the film version to please audiences of all ages.


“Coffee & Conversation” with Dr. Laura Knobel: Dr. Laura Knobel is a local primary care physician on Hilton Head Island. She will discuss a model of medicine in which the physician and patient can spend more time getting to know each other. Free, but reservations are required. 2-3 p.m., Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. 843-842-6688.

Historic MitchelvilleJUNE 15-16

Mitchelville Preservation Project will host the 2018 Juneteenth Celebration on June 15-16 at Hilton Head Island’s Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park.

Also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 throughout the Confederate South.

ride silenceRide of Silence, an annual bike ride to honor those injured or killed while cycling on public roadways, will take place on Hilton Head Island on May 16. Sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and part of an international observance, the silent procession begins with a safety briefing and sign-in at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Street Meet in the Port Royal Plaza Shopping Center on Mathews Drive.


boatshowBoats of all types and sizes will be on display at the 14th annual Hilton Head Island Boat Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5-6 at Windmill Harbour Marina.

Take a look at sailboats, powerboats, watercraft and kayaks — both in the water and parked on trailers — and meet vendors offering marine services, gear, financing, insurance, clothing, sunglasses, art, books and more. The South Carolina Yacht Club will have food and drinks for sale, and there will be live music, clinics, workshops and demonstrations.