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Fourth of July activities: 1 p.m. - Murrells Inlet

By Sarah L. Smith
Coastal Observer

For 27 years now, at high tide on the Fourth of July, decorated boats begin their journey from Garden City Point to Morse Park Landing.

This year, the “2010: Freedom is In” boat parade starts at 1 p.m. and should be to the Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet by 1:30, said Bob Hendrick, a parade organizer.

The whole parade usually takes a little over an hour from start to finish. However, spectators can claim seats in the shade at least an hour before the parade starts. Along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, people, young and old, sit in lawn chairs, on blankets or watch from restaurant windows.

“Just bring a chair, and a cooler of water and stay hydrated,” said Lee Hewitt, another parade organizer.

The best places to park are around Belin Memorial United Methodist Church and Capt. Dick’s. Parking across the street from the Marsh Walk is also available.

To enter the boat and dock decorating contests, fill out forms at Garden City Realty, Dunes Realty, Crazy Sister Marina or Booty’s and pay $5.

There is no cost just to sail a boat in the parade.

Boy Scout Troop 396 is selling Fourth of July T-shirts this week at Booty’s and around the Murrells Inlet area.

The T-shirts are $10. Proceeds go to the Boy Scouts to help fund their projects and trips.

“It is just about our entire year’s budget for our Scout troop,” said Gary Mocarski, the troop leader.

If folks are interested in buying one of the shirts, they can also go online to 4thofJulyboatparade.com.

The Boy Scouts will still get credit for the sales, Mocarski said.

The back of the T-shirts commemorate the 27th annual boat parade, with the year’s theme, “2010 Freedom is In” and a picture with a big sailboat and a small fishing boat, both with flags.

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