Kiawah’s Traditional 4th of July Special Events

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Bike Rentals

Kiawah Island is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Discover numerous secret spots for solitude and wildlife viewing accessible only by bike! Ride along 30 miles of paved leisure trails and 10 miles of hard packed beach. We offer beach cruisers for family members of all ages. We anticipate selling out of bikes during the week of July 4th. To secure your bike rental, please make your reservations in advance by calling 843.768.6001.


Yoga on the Beach

July 4th, 9am, Sanctuary Beach Access

Join our yoga instructor for this yoga session on the beautiful Sanctuary Beach. A slow to medium paced vinyasa with breath awareness will leave you ready to take on your holiday! No yoga experience is required, advanced reservations are encouraged. $18/ person, call the Nature Center at 843.768.6001.


Tie-Dye and Party on the Pool Deck

July 4th, 1pm-3pm, Night Heron Park Pavilion 

Join us for a Patriotic Party and some Tie-Dye! Make your very own unique Tie-Dye design with a patriotic flair and then dance to some of the summer’s hottest tunes with our Recreation Staff on the pool deck! Join in on a hula hoop contest and MORE! Admission is complimentary, Tie-Dye shirts are $17 plus tax each. Pool use is for Kiawah Island Golf Resort guests only.


Sand Sculpting

Sand Sculpting Contest

July 4th, 1:30pm-3pm, Just West of the Sanctuary Hotel

Create a “Sandtastic” Sand Sculpture at this annual event! Prizes awarded for Most Patriotic and Most Creative. Judging will begin promptly at 3pm, admission is complimentary.



The Annual Patriotic Bike Parade!

July 4th, Bike decorating begins at 5pm
Parade starts promptly at 5:45pm
Sea Forest Drive at East Beach Village

Patriots of all ages are encouraged to join in the parade on bikes, skates, roller blades, or by foot. Parade decorations will be available at 5pm on Sea Forest Drive near the East Beach Village. The Kiawah Island Fire Department will lead the parade, followed by Uncle Sam and the Lady Liberty. The route leads participants down Sea Forest Drive, from the East Beach Village, and finishes at Night Heron Park, where everyone is invited to join us for our Independence Festival. Complimentary. 


Independence Festival in the Park

July 4th, 6pm – 10pm, Night Heron Park
Fireworks in the park promptly at 9:15pm

This festival will kick off following the Annual Bike Parade at Night Heron Park with many attractions for family and friends to enjoy! Festivities include live music, face painting, jump castles, carnival games, and much more! Food and beverage tickets will be on sale at the park starting at 4pm and at the event. Food will be served until 9:15pm, featuring a cookout menu inspired by traditional holiday favorites. Food prices range between $5 – $15. Night Heron Grill will close for food service at 4pm, bar will be open until 10pm. 


Celebrate The Red, White & Blue

The Sanctuary Terrace Lawn, 5:30pm-9pm
Adults – $56*, Children – $29*
*non-alcoholic beverages are included

Bring your family and friends to celebrate America’s Independence on the scenic oceanfront Terrace Lawn at The Sanctuary. Indulge in fantastic food and classic cold festive drinks while enjoying our All American Band. Children will be able to participate in our fun filled activities and games that will be provided leading up to the fireworks held on the beach promptly at 10pm. All are invited to join in the evening events. Reservations required; community style seating. Contact Leisure Services 843.768.6253.


A Day Celebrating America

Loggerhead Bar & Grill at The Sanctuary, All Day

Loggerhead Grill will be hosting an all-day Fourth of July Party.  Fun in the sun with numerous activities including hair braiding, clowns and live music. End the evening by viewing our spectacular fireworks show. Loggerhead Grill will feature a festive Fourth of July buffet or enjoy grilled favorites for lunch off of our extensive poolside menu.  Pool and beach services are for Sanctuary guests only and dining is available for all.


Beaches & Cream Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

The Sanctuary, Happy 4th of July! 
Friday & Wednesday, 7pm-10pm, $12

Come celebrate with us as you build your ultimate ice cream sundae with all the festive toppings! Beaches & Cream is always featuring Wholly Cow’s Red, White and Beaches Ice Cream; Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh berries.


Independence Day Fireworks

9:15pm at Night Heron Park
10pm on the Sanctuary Beach

No coolers permitted. Please leave pets at home during the fireworks for their safety and comfort.


Teen NightTeen Night: Slides After Dark

July 4th, 9:30pm – 11pm, Night Heron Park  

Try 9 Square in the Air in the water, rock out to the latest hits, and slide into our glowing pool for this unique Independence Day party! Admission is complimentary, open to all teens ages 13-18.


Kids Camps on Kiawah

Kids CampKamp Kiawah is our day camp where guests ages 3-11 are able to create unforgettable memories with other children their age. Our creative themes and well-trained staff work together to ensure a once in a lifetime experience for each child.


Adventure Camp is a traditional summer camp experience for kids ages 8-15. Campers will explore archery, kayaking, and cast netting as well as crafts, swimming, sports, and survival skills. Kiawah Adventure Camp is offered from 8:30am-4pm. Reservations are required and space is limited.


Camp Extreme is designed for 8-15 year olds in mind! Competitive sports, team building, and more guarantee a day of XTREME FUN! Full day camp, 8:30am; Afternoon camp, 1pm


To make a reservation, call the Nature Center at 843.768.6001, reservations required.


Special Independence Day Kids’ Night Out:


Kamp Kiawah Kids’ Night Out: Party in the USA!

July 3rd, 6pm – 9pm, Night Heron Park, ages 3-11

Show off your American Pride! Enjoy water balloon launching, potato sack racing and other patriotic games and snacks! 


Turtle Nest Art Studio

Turtles’ Nest Art Studio

Turtles’ Nest Art Studio is a great indoor area for guests to express themselves artistically. With over twenty crafts during open studio and a craft of the day offering, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Projects include pottery, glass art, mosaics, canvas painting, and various others.  Visit or call 843.768.6001 for more information.


Kiawah Island Nature Program 

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Nature Program offers visitors the chance to kayak, paddleboard, fish, bike, bird, and much more. With ten miles of pristine beach, 30 miles of bike trails and thousands of acres of salt marsh, there is an endless array of outdoor activities on Kiawah.


Birds of Prey 

July 5th, 7pm – 8pm, Night Heron Park

The Nature Program is partnering up with the Kiawah Conservancy to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with presentations from the Center for Birds of Prey. Birds of Prey will start off the night with exciting flight demonstrations. Admission is complimentary. Please bring your blankets and chairs for seating.



Fireworks Adult Twilight Paddle

July 3rd, 8pm – 10pm, Mingo Point

See the sunset as you have never seen it before as the sun sets over the marsh. After the sunset, enjoy a brilliant fireworks show over the marsh.


What else is happening?

If Kiawah has been your 4th of July family tradition, then check out some of our other special classes and events!


Stay Fit on Kiawah


We offer an array of fitness classes including Yoga on the Beach, Aqua Yoga and Aqua Bootcamp, Beach Bootcamp, SpeedoFit, and Moonlight Yoga. Summer Fitness Schedule.  Reservations are required, please call 843.768.6001. Prices vary.


Family Talent Show

July 1st , 5:30pm-7pm, Night Heron Park Fields

Bring your family and show off what makes you unique! Check in beginning at 5:15pm for our Talent Show! Prizes for Best Child Talent, Best Youth Talent, Best Teen/Adult Talent, and Most Unique Talent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to take in the show, admissions and participation is complimentary. Microphone, iPod hookup, and Bluetooth speaker available for use.


Sunday Sundaes with Rick Hubbard

Sunday, July 2nd, 7pm-8:30pm, Night Heron Park 

Our fan favorite Rick Hubbard and his famous kazoo band will present a special patriotic performance on the Night Heron Park Stage. Build your own ice cream sundaes for $5 each!. Bring your own blankets and chairs for seating.



Mingo Point DiningMingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ

Monday, July 2nd
Mingo Point, 6pm-9pm

Adults – $49.95, Children – $25.95 (ages 5-12)

Kickoff your 4th of July week at Mingo Point! Enjoy an authentic Lowcountry experience at Kiawah’s most popular family outing. A riverside oyster roast, an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Southern BBQ specialties, live entertainment from The Island Trio, a kid’s zone featuring hair braiding and a special craft keepsake, Kiawah’s Naturalists presenting live island inhabitants and a local artisan craft market…this isn’t your typical backyard oyster roast, this is an event you don’t want to miss!


Take in some of Kiawah’s wildlife with our Naturalists as they present live gators and other inhabitants of Kiawah. Don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar and meet us at the head of our dock for a scenic motorboat cruise down the Kiawah River.  30 minute cruises available 5:30pm-7:45pm, $20 per person, advance reservations suggested, call 843.768.6001.


Stay Informed

Keep up to date on all of the holiday events happening during your stay. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@KiawahResort) or like us on Facebook at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Recreation, or Kiawah Island Nature Program for updates and reminders on our programs. 


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9:15pm – Night Heron Park

10pm – Sanctuary Beach