Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer, and Myrtle Beach knows how to send the season out in style. In addition to all the fun attractions that make us the No. 1 family beach vacation destination in the country, the Grand Strand also rolls out a full lineup of festivals to celebrate the three-day weekend. Guests at the Caribbean Resort & Villas are right in the middle of all the action. Here's a list of some of the family-fun activities on tap for Labor Day weekend:
* Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival: Follow your nose, ears and feet to The Market Common for this 11th annual celebration of barbecue, live music and dancing. Top barbecue teams from around the country converge on this world championship event to test their recipes against the best, and visitors can sample some of the best offerings — ribs, pulled pork and even chicken wings. Held at the Horry Georgetown Technical College Conference Center on Crabtree Lane, the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival also hosts a car show, cornhole tournament, and arts and crafts vendors. This year's event will be held Friday (6 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (noon to 6 p.m.). For more information, visit myrtlebeacheventinfo.com.
* Coastal Uncorked: Bring your taste buds and a hearty appetite to this three-day event at Broadway at the Beach. The 6th Annual Coastal Uncorked event features some of the best chefs and bartenders on the Grand Strand serving up some of their favorite desserts and drinks. This year's themes include Friday's Chocolate Under the Moon dessert tasting, Saturday's Brews ‘N the Beach craft beer event, and Sunday's Grand Wine Tasting Tent. For more information, visit mbhospitality.org/coastal-uncorked.
* Fireworks: Close out the summer with a bang at one of the many free fireworks shows being held on the Grand Strand. The pyrotechnics explode over Barefoot Lake at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday night at 10 p.m., followed by another big show over Lake Broadway at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach at 10 p.m. Sunday. Find a cozy spot near the lake and watch the colors explode overhead in a festive and family-fun atmosphere.
* Myrtle Waves: Labor Day weekend is your last chance to visit South Carolina's largest waterpark for the summer. Featuring more than a dozen rides, waterslides, speed flumes and twisting chutes, Myrtle Waves also offers aquatic fun for the less adventurous, such as the wave pool, lazy river, and kiddie splash pads and playgrounds. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and park admission is good for two consecutive days. For more information, visit myrtlewaves.com.
* POPS with the Pelicans: The best live music and fireworks show in town can be found Saturday night across from Broadway at the Beach at TicketReturn.Com Field, home of the minor-league baseball Myrtle Beach Pelicans. With the team on the road and lots of visitors in town, the Long Bay Symphony will host a two-hour concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring music from popular movies and Broadway shows like Star Wars, James Bond, West Side Story and Wicked. Other arrangements include Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” and John Philip Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The performance will be followed by an impressive pyrotechnics display. For more information, visit myrtlebeachpelicans.com.
Those are just a few fun festivities scheduled for Labor Day weekend, but all the usual great attractions the Grand Strand has to offer will also be celebrating the end-of-summer holiday. Guests at the Caribbean can also look forward to having a good time without leaving the property, as the waterpark and pool decks will be awaiting your arrival. So send the summer season out with a blast with a Labor Day weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach and the Caribbean Resort and Villas.