The following fireworks schedules includes locations and times, along with special tips on the best places to view the shows:
Every Monday night in June, July and August, Barefoot Landing launches fireworks over Barefoot Lake at 10:15 p.m. Nightly entertainers serve as the warm-up act, with stilt walkers, clowns and magicians performing on the Barefoot Boardwalk.
The waterfront fireworks display makes it easy to view the show from anywhere on the lake, and the patio decks of establishments such as Bully's Pub and Dick's Last Resort are good places to watch the show while enjoying a cold beverage.
Barefoot Landing also holds Kids Karaoke and a strolling boardwalk parade every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The parade features a marching band, mascots, live animals and much more. Kids also can take a ride on a camel or visit the miniature petting zoo.
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH
Broadway at the Beach puts on free fireworks shows at 10 p.m. every Tuesday in June, July and August. It's a great place to spend the evening dining and shopping before capping the night off with a professional pyrotechnics display. The fireworks are launched over Lake Broadway so a spot on the waterfront railing is the best seat in the house.
DOWNTOWN MYRTLE BEACH AND THE BOARDWALK
Wednesday nights feature fireworks over the ocean in the downtown Myrtle Beach district. Crowds gather along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile stretch of oceanfront walkway, to see the 9:30 p.m. show.
The fireworks are fired from out over the off 2nd Avenue Pier, so it's best to bring a blanket and grab a front-row seat on the beach sand.
Check out Boardwalk Parking, just two blocks inland from Plyler Park. To avoid the crowds, park at a beach access beyond the bright hotels for a more distant but darker view.
The Boardwalk also features roving performers on Sundays, a free kids' carnival on Mondays, A Dixieland band on Fridays, and live music on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.
MYRTLE BEACH PELICAN BASEBALL GAMES
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have 18 home dates with fireworks on the schedule. Check their promotional schedule at http://www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com for specific dates and times.
Located across the street from Broadway at the Beach, it's possible to watch the fireworks without actually going to the game. But the show starts shortly after the game ends, so pinning it down to exact time is tough,
Of course, all four of these major venues will be hosting fireworks for the Fourth of July, which falls on a Wednesday in 2012. There are other displays up and down the Grand Strand from North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet.
All the above shows are free, as are most of the ones on the Grand Strand. The only expensive fireworks shows are the ones people put on themselves, as it is illegal to shoot off fireworks inside the Myrtle Beach city limits.