The dog days of summer are quickly melting into the cooler days of autumn, but you don't have to let the fun in the sun get away without one last blast in Myrtle Beach. Labor Day weekend was designed to give hard-working men and women (and hard-studying kids) one final shot to soak up the fading days of summer before shifting into work and school mode in the fall.
The Caribbean Resort & Villas on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront is the ideal place to celebrate the three-day weekend with lots of fun festivals and family-friendly activities on the calendar. Enjoy the beach and resort amenities at the resort, or go exploring along the Grand Strand to find lots of fun, food, fireworks and more. Here’s a list of can’t-miss events and activities set for Labor Day weekend:
* Fireworks Shows: From North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, and of course in the heart of Myrtle Beach, fireworks will light up the skies over the Grand Strand for one last summer blast on Labor Day weekend. Guests can catch free pyrotechnics displays Sunday, Sept. 3, at three different locations – Barefoot Landing, the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, and Broadway at the Beach, which is located directly down 29th Avenue North, about one mile from the Caribbean.
* Fishing Season: Humans aren’t the only species that flock to the beach for the late summer and early fall. The fish start running with the approach of autumn, and vacationers are in prime position to bag some big ones. Nearby fishing piers at Apache, Myrtle Beach State Park and Second Avenue offer great fishing and all the licenses, bait and tackle you need, while Murrells Inlet (Veterans Pier) and Little River (Cherry Grove Pier) offer charter boats and world-famous fishing piers.
* Food Festivals: Myrtle Beach is host to two major festivals over Labor Day weekend, and both involve award-winning food and beverages. The 12th Annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is held Sept. 1-2 at the HGTC Conference Center at The Market Common, where patrons can sample pulled pork, ribs, chicken wings and more, while sipping cold brews at the Craft Beer Garden. Other events include live music, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, a cornhole tournament and more. For more information, visit http://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/beach-boogie-bbq-festival/
The Seventh Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival is set for Sept. 1-3 at Broadway at the Beach. Coastal Uncorked Festival puts the spotlight on the local hospitality industry and allows visitors to take their taste buds on a culinary adventure. The three-day event includes the Chocolate Under the Moon party and the Moonshine Mixology Challenge on Friday; the Brews 'N the Beach Craft Beer shindig Saturday, and the Grand Wine Tasting party Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.mbhospitality.com/
* Water Parks: Labor Day weekend also signals the end of the water park season, which dries up after the holiday. Myrtle Waves, South Carolina's largest water park, is open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, and Wild Water & Wheels in Surfside Beach is open Sept. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Family Kingdom's Splashes Oceanfront Water Park opens for the final day on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the Family Kingdom Amusement Park remains operational into October). Of course, you and your crew can also enjoy all the on-site water amenities at the Caribbean, including oceanfront indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs and a lazy river, as well as a stand-alone water park with slides and kiddie pools.
It all adds up to one big going-away party for summer and a welcome party for autumn. To make your Labor Day weekend party plans, book your stay at the Caribbean Resort & Villas on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront and soak up all the fun the Grand Strand has to offer. It will be one summer fling you will never forget.