15 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Savannah

Posted on June 22, 2016 by

Wondering what to do for this Fourth of July in Savannah, Georgia? Look no further! There are plenty great events going on in Georgia’s First City this Independence Day that will get you out and about.

1. Get a Jumpstart with Art

First Friday Art March

Photo courtesy of Art Rise Savannah.

If you’re interested in art, wine, music and culture, make sure to check out the First Friday Art March, an eccentric event organized by Art Rise Savannah, which takes place every first Friday of the month. Visit the engaging art galleries, cozy cafes and unique boutiques scattered throughout the Starland District and enjoy the beautiful summer night as you walk from location to location, or take a free trolley ride to your next stop!

Details: Free | July 1, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. | 2421 De Soto Ave.
More info: artrisesavannah.org

Tanger Outlets July 4th Sale2. Shop and Save at Tanger

Love shopping? Need the perfect swimsuit or sundress for this Independence Day? Then check out the Tanger Outlets of Savannah for their huge Fourth of July Weekend Sale! Save big when you visit your favorite stores July 1-4, 2016. Visit tangeroutlet.com/deals for deals, coupons and more information.

Details: July 1-4, 2016 | 200 Tanger Outlet Blvd.
More info: tangeroutlet.com

3. Pledge for Free Ice Cream

Leopold's I Pledge Project

Photo courtesy of Leopold’s.

Do you know the pledge of allegiance by heart? Do you love ice cream? Are you under the age of 12? If you said yes to all three of those questions, head over to Leopold’s Ice Cream in Downtown Savannah to be a part of their I Pledge project! Any child under the age of 12 who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance by heart will get a free ice cream cone, starting Friday, July 1, 2016 and continuing every Monday throughout the month of July (which is National Ice Cream Month)! Stratton Leopold, founder of Leopold’s, launched this project last summer, and is striving to make it a national event at ice cream shops all over the country.

Details: Free | July 1, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. | 212 E. Broughton St.
More info: ipledgeforicecream.com

4. Rev, Ride and Rock Out

July Fourth Ride and Camp OutGet out and get dirty this Fourth of July at the Big Nasty ATV Park in Bloomingdale, Georgia! Go out for the Fourth of July Ride and stay for an exciting camp out. Exercise your freedom by riding ATVs and motorcycles on the 20 miles of trails available, go crazy in the mud pits and rev up for the one-mile natural terrain motocross track. At night, camp out with the most patriotic motorheads, enjoy live music and a bonfire and celebrate your independence under the stars. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own fireworks, but reminded to keep it legal! This event will begin July 1, 2016 at 12 p.m., and will end July 4, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Details: $40 | July 1-4, 2016 | Big Nasty ATV Park, 120 Godley Rd.
More info: (912) 663-8588 or thebignasty.net or Facebook Event Page

5. Make Memories with our Military


Photo by Andrea Six.

Head over to Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart to celebrate with military members, their families and friends with fireworks this Fourth of July. Enjoy live music with the 3rd Infantry Division Band and a stunning fireworks show when the sun goes down. Hunter Army Airfield is hosting their celebration on July 1, 2016, while Fort Stewart hosts theirs on July 4, 2016. Bring a blanket and a snack and enjoy the show!

Details: FREE | July 1, 2016 from 8:30-11 p.m. | Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neal St. | Facbook Page
Details: FREE | July 4, 2016 from 8:30-11 p.m. | Cottrell Field in Fort Stewart | Facebook Page

6. Get your Red, White and Brews On

Red, White and Brews Independence Day Bar Crawl in SavannahCelebrate America’s birthday on July 2, 2016 from 4-10 p.m. with the nation’s most patriotic crawlers at the “Red, White and Brews” Savannah Bar Crawl. Gather your friends, family and anyone over the age of 21 for a night of bar hopping fun! There will be drink specials, free koozies, plenty of swag from sponsors, a scorecard to keep up with your progress and free entry into all of the bars! The first 250 participants to complete their scorecard will receive an official Bar Crawl T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go to the Nine Line Foundation. The bar crawl will start at Barrelhouse South and the after party will be at Ampersand.

Details: $15 | July 2, 2016 at 4-10 p.m. | Start at Barrelhouse South, end at Ampersand
More info: (912) 660-9001 or staffordpromotions.com

7. Travel back in Time

Wormsloe Historic Site

Photo by Andrea Six.

Celebrate this Independence Day by going back in time! The Wormsloe Historic Site is having their annual British Occupation of Savannah, a day that will recount the British Occupation of July, 1780, when Savannah was under British occupation after the Battle of Savannah. There will be battle reenactments, musket demonstrations, drills and cannon firings. Children can brandish their own wooden muskets and defeat the British invaders!

Details: $4.50-$10 | July 2-4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 7601 Skidaway Road
More info: (912) 353-3023 or gastateparks.org

8. Rally for the Revolution

Fort Jackson Century of Sentries

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Heritage Society.

Old Fort Jackson will host A Century of Sentries throughout the long weekend, an enhanced program covering the history of Savannah in conflict during the America Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. “Visitors will enjoy artillery drills, cannon firings and more,” Holly Elliot, PR and Marketing Director at the Coastal Heritage Society, revealed.

Details: $7 | July 2-4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1 Fort Jackson Road
More info: (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org

watermelon crawl in Savannah9. Walk for Watermelon

Want to keep up with your exercise routine or do something to really get the blood flowing this Fourth of July weekend? Join Fleet Feet Sports of Savannah for the Watermelon Crawl at Lake Mayer Park! It’s not a race, just a casual fun run! Choose between six miles or eight, and afterwards enjoy all the watermelon your heart desires.

Details: Free | July 4, 2016,  7 a.m. | 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads
More info: (912) 355-3527 or fleetfeetsavannah.com

10. Enjoy a Family Fourth at Tricentennial Park

Battlefield Memorial Park in Savannah

Photo courtesy of the Coastal Heritage Society.

Ready for some family fun this Fourth of July? Celebrate together with A Family Fourth at Tricentennial Park on July 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.! Costumed interpreters at the Savannah History Museum will be performing American Revolution-themes shows, complete with battle reenactments, musket firing and live music from Three Fold Chord.

At the Georgia State Railroad Museum, families can enjoy Summer Steam Days and check out their 1913 coal-fired steam locomotive, while those at the Savannah Children’s Museum can celebrate by making crafts and taking part in Fourth of July-themed activities from July 2-4. Children will be able to play 18th century games and even sign the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen!

Family Fourth activities are included with museum admissions; go to chsgeorgia.org for info about their See 3 Pass, so you can catch the action at all three museums! This even is free for Coastal Heritage Society members.

Details: Admission fees vary. | July 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 303 MLK Jr. Blvd.
More info: chsgeorgia.org

11. Make your way to Magnolia Park

Fourth of July Magnolia Park Parade

Photos courtesy of Jill Robertson.

Make sure to check out the Magnolia Park Neighborhood Parade, a fun parade that started 10 years ago in Magnolia Park. Danny Murphy, board member and organizer of the event, will proudly lead the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. and travels throughout the neighborhood before ending at the park on Morgan Street. This event is completely free to watch, and it is highly recommended to find a good seat on Morgan Street. There will be a free neighborhood cookout at the park directly following the parade; members of the Magnolia Park Neighborhood Association or the MBF Pool only.

Details: Free | July 4, 2016 | Morgan Street in Magnolia Park
More info: [email protected]

12. Find Fun at a Festival with Fireworks

River Street Fourth Of July in SavannahCelebrate this Fourth of July on the riverfront at the River Street Fourth of July Celebration! The event will be from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street in the Historic District of Savannah. Enjoy live entertainment, bring your kids out to the “kids zone” featuring fun games and activities, and enjoy drinks, ice cream, shopping and everything in between. Then, find the perfect spot along the riverfront and catch the awesome firework show at 9:30 p.m.

Details: Free | July 4, 2016 from 4-10 p.m. | Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 E. River St.
More info: (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com

13. Spend your day Sailing in Style

Savannah Riverboat Fourth of JulySpend this Fourth of July on the Savannah River, where you’ll have the perfect view for all the fireworks. Take a Savannah Riverboat Cruise and spend this Independence Day in style. For the Elite Captain’s Suite Cruise, you’ll get to meet the captain, take a tour of the pilot house before setting sail, and during the cruise, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal. This cruise boards at 5:45 p.m., sets sail at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $325.

Another exciting cruise event is the Fourth of July Dinner and Fireworks Cruise, which is a three-hour celebration that includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment and an amazing fireworks show! This cruise boards at 6 p.m. and sets sail at 7 p.m. Tickets are $119.95 for adults and $69.95 for children (ages 5-12 years).

Last, but not least, there is the Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise, which is a 1.5-hour cruise with a DJ, dancing and front row seats to the firework show! It boards at 8 p.m., and sets sail at 9 p.m. Tickets are $32.95 for adults and $25.95 for children.

Details: $32-$325 | July 4, 2016, times vary | 9 E. River St.
More info: (800) 786-6404 or savannahriverboat.com

14. Shout for the Savannah Bananas

Fourth of July Savannah Bananas

Photo by Malcolm Tully, courtesy of the Savannah Bananas.

Enjoy America’s greatest pastime this Fourth of July at the Savannah Bananas Fourth of July Celebration at the Grayson Stadium! Enjoy the baseball game against the Wilmington Sharks at 7 p.m., $3 craft beer selections and fireworks immediately after the game! Gates open at 6 p.m.

Details: $9 Tickets | July 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. | 1401 E. Victory Dr.
More info: (912) 712-2482 or thesavannahbananas.com

15. Take a trip to Tybee

Tybee Island Savannah's Beach

Photo by Nicolette Kay.

Celebrate Independence Day on the beach at Tybee Island on July 4 with their Fireworks on Independence Day show! Prepare to hit the beach early, as this is Tybee’s busiest day of the year. Enjoy a fun day on their sandy shore and sit back to watch the beautiful sunset before the spectacular fireworks show! Gather friends and family for this free event, which will start as soon as the sun goes down, around 9:15 p.m. The best spot for viewing the fireworks is the Tybee Pier, but they can easily be seen from any of the eastern beaches.

Details: Free | July 4, 2016 at 9:15 p.m. | 16th Street and Strand Avenue, Tybee Island
More info: (912) 786-5444 or visittybee.com