Fourth of July means family picnics and grilling out, beach vacations and time spent with friends, parades, and, of course, fireworks. The highlight of Fourth of July, for me, is the food. I love a good cold, mayonnaise-based salad. Potato, macaroni, broccoli – I don’t care as long as it’s creamy and tangy and slathered in the stuff. Give me a table full of things cooked in crock pots, and I’m a happy girl. It’s probably the only time of year I’ll eat a hot dog. And nothing beats a good old-fashioned Cool Whip flag cake.
Fireworks take a close second, though, when it comes to my favorite things about our nation’s birthday. They never cease to dazzle. I love the weeping willows and the ones that crackle as they fall. The bursts of reds and greens and purples. I refuse to be jaded about sparklers. Holding a spray of white-hot flame in my hand will never not be magical. They’re romantic and daring and they remind me of holding hands and first kisses.
If this is your first Fourth in our fair city or if you’re just visiting, here is a list of some of the best places to catch a spectacular fireworks show.
River Street – Enjoy a classic celebration in the heart of Savannah. You’ll find food vendors, music, local artisans, face painting, and an amazing fireworks display. Festivities start around 4 pm and continue until the fireworks light off just after sunset. This is the largest celebration in the city, so expect crowds.
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise – Reserve one of the best seats in town for fireworks viewing on one of Savannah’s Riverboat Cruises. Catch the River Street fireworks display on board either a 3-hour cruise with dinner included boarding a 6pm or a 1.5-hour cruise with drinks and dancing boarding at 8pm.
Tybee Island – Head to the beach this Fourth. It’s one of Tybee Island busiest days, so get there early, pack lots of snacks, and don’t forget your pop-up canopy. The show starts just after dusk between 9:15 and 9:30. Fireworks are launched from the pier at the south end of the island, so you’ll get a good view from any of the nearby beaches.
Fort Stewart – Show our armed forces your gratitude by celebrating with them at Fort Stewart at the Marne 2019 Independence Day Celebration. This year you’ll be treated to a FREE concert by Grammy-award winners Lady Antebellum. Gates open at 3pm with the concert at 7pm and fireworks at 10pm.
Red, White & Brews Bar Crawl – Fight for your right to party at the Red, White & Brews bar crawl starting at 4 pm at Pour Larry’s in downtown Savannah. If you’re still standing for the River Street fireworks at 9, find a spot along Emmet Park on the bluff.
Wherever you celebrate this year, at one of Savannah’s many celebrations or just at home with friends, I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth!