Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Nearby Hotels)
There’s lots to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina too. In this popular summer beach town, thousands gather along the shore with blankets and chairs to watch the fireworks display that begins at dusk. A number of piers launch them, and they can be seen anywhere on the beach. During the day, play at the boardwalk. Opened in 2010, it stretches for over a mile and features a carnival-like atmosphere with souvenir shops, arcades and rides like the 187-foot-tall Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. With its opening came a host of new restaurants too, though the favorite is still overwhelmingly Peaches Corner, an institution in Myrtle Beach since 1937, beloved for its root beer floats and foot-long hot dogs that are first deep-fried, and then grilled. Pick up some of your favorites, grab a blanket, then head to a spot on the sand. Other highlights over the holiday include the boat parade along Murrells Inlet, flyovers by vintage planes and a cupcake-eating contest.