Each July, families and friends gather up and down South Carolina’s coastline to celebrate Independence Day together. With their American flags, beach towels, patriotic themed attire, and their favorite beach games, they flock to the shores to spend a day in the sand and in the sun. In 2008, good friends Johnny Folsom and Toddy Smith were enjoying their beach vacation over the 4th of July holiday and thought about how they were enjoying time with family and friends while those in the military were currently away from home, defending our country. They decided that these soldiers needed to be honored, so they created Salute Fromthe Shore as a flyover of the South Carolina Coast to honor our military.
“As you know, South Carolina is a very patriotic state,” said Cam Smith, one of the co-founders for SaluteFrom the Shore. “We figured the coast of South Carolina would be a great platform for an audience to gather and show gratitude to the military.”
For the last decade, Salute From the Shore has joined in on the annual 4th of July celebrations with their patriotic flyover and show their appreciation for active duty members, for veterans, and for their families. The flyover spans the entire South Carolina coast as it begins in North Myrtle Beach around 1pm on the 4th and continues down the coastline to conclude just outside of Bluffton. Everyone on the beach—whether you’re in Litchfield, Folly, Kiawah Island, Edisto, Sullivan’s Island, or anywhere in between—has a front row view to the incredible air show. It’s a tradition that has grown over the years as more and more families plan their summer vacations around being at the beach during the first week of July each year.
This year’s Salute From the Shore looks to be one of the best ones yet. Two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base and a C-17 from Charleston Air Force Base will take to the skies first as they start off the Salute shortly after 1pm on July 4th. Following them will be a fleet of really cool, civilian-owned and flown vintage airplanes. These planes fly slower than the military aircrafts and will extend the fun throughout the afternoon as they make their way down the coastline.
This summer, book a beach house, condo, or hotel room along the South Carolina coastline and join in on the patriotic celebration with your family and friends as we #SaluteFromTheShore!
To learn more about Salute from the Shore and how to donate to their mission, visit their website at salutefromtheshore.org.
In times like these, we’re more thankful than ever for those that serve our country—no matter how they serve. Whether it’s on the frontlines overseas or on the frontlines in the hospital during a pandemic, we salute everyone that works to make our country a safe place to live. We are excited to get back to the coastline this summer with our 11th Annual Salute from the Shore to offer our thanks through our Salute!
Are you ready for this year’s Salute? We’re busy counting down the days, finalizing the planes that will be participating, and making sure that we have our patriotic gear ready to go for a full day on the beach.
Our Swag Shop is officially open for the season and our 2020 shirts and swag are available for you to order!
We have a great-looking, well-priced t-shirt for you to wear to support Salute from the Shore, as well as lots of other merchandise. Click over to the Salute Swag Store to buy yours now! All purchases help fund our non-profit mission to honor the military each July 4th.
Shop the store here: https://teespring.com/stores/salutefromtheshore
Which shirt design are you planning to order for you and your family? Be sure to tag us in your photos and Instagram stories when your swag arrives! We can’t wait to see everyone all decked out on the beach this July!
Save the Date for Saturday, July 4, 2020!
Salute from the Shore is coming back for the 11th year in a row this Independence Day.
Whether you have attended Salute from the Shore every year with your family over the last decade or you have plans to start a new tradition this summer, we welcome you to join us all on the beach this 4th of July for a very patriotic afternoon. Planes—both current military plans and privately owned vintage planes—will take off from the northern end of our coastline just outside of Myrtle Beach and will fly along the coastline to Hilton Head Island. Join in with thousands of Americans as we stand together along our state’s beautiful beaches and salute to the planes as they fly overhead!
It’s a truly patriotic celebration that all ages can enjoy. We love seeing how everyone chooses to dress up in their favorite red, white, and blue outfits and the different displays that friend and family groups set up together on the beach. We’ve seen it all—giant sandcastles, huge American flags, coordinating group outfits, and more. We are so excited to see the celebrations on the beach this summer!
Stay tuned to our social media channels as we share more about how you can join in on the Salute from the Shore celebrations.
We’ll see you in July!