Salute From the Shore Set for July 4th in the Lowcountry – Check Out Complete Schedule

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The 9th Annual Salute from the Shore will begin, as always,?at 1:00 PM on July 4th in Cherry Grove, SC, just north of Myrtle Beach.

This year’s Salute will include a flyover of F-16s from the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, as well as a fleet of vintage military aircraft. The flight will include a loop through Charleston Harbor and, for the first time ever, a Salute over Lake Murray! The jets will fly over Spence Island on Lake Murray around 1:45.

Organize your patriotic displays in groups, big and small, and share your tributes online for our armed forces around the world to see. Please share this schedule and information with your friends and family!

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Fun July 4th Facts

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Today is American Independence Day: ?The day, the United States became a free and sovereign nation. ?It is a day of BBQ, beach, beer and celebration of patriotism. ?There are also some very interesting, and not quite holiday related tidbits of information we wanted to share about this most festive of days.

July 4th Fun Facts

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne – Author of ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804
  • President Calvin Coolidge – Our 30th US President was born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 4, 1872
  • American Soldier and Grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. Grant III is born July 4, 1881
  • World War II propagandist Tokyo Rose was born July 4, 1916
  • Playwright Neil Simon is celebrating his 90th birthday today – Born in the Bronx, NY on July 4, 1927
  • Iconic sports franchise owners Al Davis (Oakland Raiders) and George Steinbrenner (NY Yankees) both born on July 4
  • Also born on July 4th: ?Musician Bill Withers (1938), Basketball start Hal Lanier (1942), Ron Kovic, theme of ‘Born on the 4th of July (1946), tennis star Pam Shriver (1962) and columnist Ann Landers (1918)
  • On July 4th, 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died
  • Only July 4th, 1831, President James Monroe (5th US President), just 5 years after Adams and Jefferson, died
  • On July 4th, 1934, Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning Physicist/Chemist died of radiation poisoning
  • Barry White left us on July 4, 2003
  • The first edition of Walt Whitman ‘Leaves of Grass’ is published
  • On July 4, 1976, The Clash played their first live gig
  • Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence at aged 26 and Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at 70
  • In 1938, the Fourth of July was declared a paid US holiday
  • On July 4, 1862, Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • George Everest, whom the worlds highest mountain is named was born on July 4, 1790
  • On July 4, 1983, NY Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees won 4-0
  • Only two men, John Hancock and Charles Thompson actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776
  • July 4, 1986 – The Second Farm Aid is held in Manor, Texas
  • July 4, 1999 – Victoria Adams and David Beckham wed
  • Born on July 4, 1952, John Waite known for his #1 hit ‘Missing You’

Independence Day is about Family

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By Mark A. Leon

For once Facebook got it right.

As I browsed through the wall posts this evening, the one common theme throughout most of the pictures was family. Whether it was on the boat, at the beach, in the pool, by the grill or just playing in the yard, the day’s memories shared are those of families sharing in celebration.

Several years back, I had the fortunate opportunity to be on the America’s Dream Team radio show out of Lincoln, UK ( or on 107.3FM) to talk about July 4th and the question was posed to me, “What does July 4th mean in the states?” After a moment of thought, I stated that in the end it is about family. Yes there is grilling, beaches and fireworks, but like Christmas, Easter and other significant holidays, it is one shared with family and friends.

America is an incredible country that is built on so many freedoms that we often take for granted the level of peace and acceptance we have all around. Today is a day not only to celebrate but to reflect and truly understand the importance the struggles our forefathers made and the sacrifices our soldiers and statesman continue to make around the world so we and our children can continue to celebrate each year.

Independence Day is a symbol of all that we stand for. Through the music, movies and tapestry of flags flying from every home, we are surrounded with a beautiful shower of red white and blue.

I was able to spend today with family in person and by phone. When I think of my special holiday memories, they aren’t crazy over the top risk taking events, they are the simple times shared with the people that have always been important to me.

Today is no different.

I am proud to be an American
I am proud to be a son
I am proud to be a friend
I am proud to be an uncle
Most of all, I am proud and honored to be free.

Today is our Independence Day. A time to shout to the moon and rejoice in all we have as the rockets red glare in the sky.

I hope each and every one of you had an amazing day that you will remember always.