Posted on June 16, 2015 by Sofia Fernandez
Independence Day in Savannah is a citywide party where everyone’s invited! Here are some of the events taking place on July 4, 2015, from fireworks at the riverfront downtown to cannon demonstrations at historical sites.
On an everyday basis, the colonial site of Wormsloe provides a breathtaking walk under live oaks and Spanish moss. To celebrate the Fourth of July, the historic site goes all out with a special reading of the Declaration of Independence in the visitors’ center, closely followed by a cannon firing demonstration and a militia drill. The event begins at 1 p.m.
Fort Pulaski, a mere 15-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, celebrates America with patriotic programs on the weekend of June 30, on July 1 and, of course, on July 4. Volunteers and park staff will walk about dressed as Civil War soldiers, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The iconic fort will host cannon and musket firings, guided tours of the facilities, a patriotic concert and a Civil War baseball game. Yes, you read that right – a baseball game using only 19th century equipment and rules. For more information and a more in depth schedule of the activities, visit them online at nps.gov/fopu or call their visitor’s center at (912) 786-5787.
Everyone knows it’s not a Fourth of July party unless there’s fireworks over some beautiful scenery. In the Savannah area, there’s not one, but two firework celebrations: one on Tybee Island and another over the Savannah River.
The Independence Day fireworks at Tybee, one of the many fun summer events planned by the city, is the island’s busiest day. At about 9:15 p.m. on July 3, the City of Tybee stages the memorable fireworks on the pier, but they can be enjoyed from any of the eastern beaches. Make sure to bring chairs, snacks and plan ahead! Parking can be tough in the area, so get there early and don’t be in a rush to leave.
The Savannah Riverfront Association’s Downtown Savannah fireworks light up the sky over the Savannah River. Live music kicks off at 7 p.m. and the fireworks begin after dark, at about 9 p.m. Locals and visitors alike assemble on River Street to look at the show. Come over, pick a spot on the riverfront and get your to-go cup. Celebrate this patriotic holiday the Savannah way.
Old Town Trolley Tours will be operating on their regular schedule, for anyone interested in sightseeing before celebrating. The trolleys can also be used to travel from one destination to the next – River Street, for example, is Trolley Stop 11. Savannah residents arriving with a paying visitor receive free admission.
If you don’t want to stay on River Street like some landlubber, Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers a 90-minute Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise and a three-hour Fourth of July Dinner and Fireworks Cruise down the famous Savannah River. From the riverboat’s decks you can see Savannah from afar as the fireworks light up the sky. There will be a DJ, a cash bar and a snack bar available on the Fireworks Cruise, which boards at 8 p.m. and sets sail at 9 p.m., and a patriotic buffet, live entertainment and drink specials on Dinner Cruise, which boards at 6 p.m. and sails from 7 to 10 p.m.
But that’s not it for the Savannah Riverboat Tours! They’re also hosting another party: the July 4th Elite Captain’s Suite Cruise. This first-class cruise and private captain’s reception is available with limited seating, so make reservations as soon as possible! Delight on the hors d’oeuvres and the four-course gourmet dinner as you sail down the beautiful Savannah River. Guests can also meet the captain, take a tour of the pilothouse and enjoy a hosted premium bar throughout the night on the captain’s suite. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. For more information on any of these riverboat trips, call Savannah Riverboat Cruises at (800) 786-6404.