This year’s Military Appreciation Days are underway in the Grand Strand area of coastal South Carolina and run through the end of the month. There are lots of local events taking place including a parade, family picnic and more as we give thanks to our veterans and recognize the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
All through the month of May we’re celebrating military men and women – active duty, reserves and National Guard – and veterans from every branch of service. J.R. Martinez is the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade and picnic. Come out and meet him!
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Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and Vietnam Memorial Wall – May 14-16, Ocean Boulevard at Eighth Avenue North
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Game – Thursday, May 14
Vietnam-Era Education Sessions for Students – Friday, May 15, Ocean Boulevard at Eighth Avenue North
Military Appreciation Days Parade on Ocean Boulevard, with Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez – 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16, from 27th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North. After the parade, join us for the Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities, military exhibits, music and more.
Family Picnic (exhibits, live music, J. R. Martinez and more) – 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, Ocean Boulevard, Eighth to Ninth Avenue North. Headlining the afternoon is a performance by the Andrew Thielen Big Band. You’ll have a chance to meet Grand Marshal J.R. Martinez, too!
Military Appreciation Days Dinner Dance – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, Landmark Resort
Austin Mowery Band – 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, Plyler Park Stage
Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout – 4-8 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach
Memorial Day Veterans March – 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, Ocean Boulevard, from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North. For ease of parking, a shuttle will be provided from the Pelicans’ stadium to Ocean Boulevard. A brief ceremony will follow the march at the Pavilion site. The march will end in time for all to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Convention Center.
Surfside Beach Memorial Day Service – 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25 at the Veterans Memorial in Fuller Park, 115 Highway 17 North, Surfside Beach.
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza. The Grand Strand Patriot Alliance recognizes Memorial Day with speakers, the Missing Man Table, several Vietnam-era helicopters and an honor guard salute. The public is invited to attend.
M.O.A.A. Grand Strand Golf Tournament – May 25