By Susan Hill Smith, Island Eye News Staff Writer
If you expect to watch July 4th fireworks Monday from the beach on Isle of Palms, you may want to adjust your plans.
A king tide of 6 feet, 6 inches will hit its peak a few minutes before 9 p.m., when the city’s fireworks show will start. That will leave little sand for anyone to congregate, especially along parts of the beach that have erosion issues. People might also be caught off guard if they set up ahead of time with chairs and July 4th spreads before the tide has completely rolled in.
As a result, the city is encouraging residents and visitors to plan to watch the fireworks from alternative locations such as island homes, city parking lots and the parking lot at the Isle of Palms County Park. “People just need to be prepared,” said City Administrator Linda Tucker. While you might miss out on the full boom of the fireworks, which will be set off in a scripted show near the county park, you have a better chance of staying dry and comfortable off the beach.
Sullivan’s Island, meanwhile, is departing from past tradition and doing its fireworks display two days earlier on Saturday, July 2. While a king tide is also forecasted for Saturday night just past 7 p.m., it’s not as much of a concern for Sullivan’s Island, where most gather inland at J. Marshall Stith Park for their pyrotechnics fix. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan’s Island park with shagging music from the Shem Creek Boogie Band, leading up to the 9 p.m. fireworks display.