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27 May 2021
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It’s all about beaches, barbecue, and a big bang this Fourth of July in Savannah and Tybee Island. If last year turned out to be a bit of a dud due to Covid, why not make this year’s Independence Day celebration a blowout?


Start by booking a prime vacation rental close to all the action. Whether you stay in Savannah’s Historic District, the Riverfront, or a Tybee Island beach house, you’ll find comfortable accommodations with amazing amenities and everything you need for a star-spangled holiday.


If you stay in Savannah, you’re just minutes from Tybee Island beaches, including the Back River BeachNorth BeachMid-Beach, and South Beach. Pick a perfect spot, then plant your umbrella in the sand and make a splash in the ocean.


As for barbecue, grab some grub at Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp on Tybee Island, a roadside grill that serves pork, brisket, and ribs. In Savannah, discover plenty of places for delicious barbecue served in heaping portions. A couple of our favorites are Savannah Smokehouse BBQ & Brew and Trick’s Barbecue. Pick up a rack of ribs or plate of pulled pork and enjoy it back at your vacation digs.


Then there’s the Fourth of July activities. 


Head to Fort McAllister for an old-fashioned Independence Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Celebrate like it’s 1864 with living history and musket demonstrations. Located close to I-95 south of Savannah, Fort McAllister is the site of well-preserved earthworks that were attacked seven times by Union ironclads during the Civil War. Explore the grounds and see cannons, a hotshot furnace, bombproof barracks, and a museum. Admission for the Fourth of July event is $9. 


Watch the inaugural Freedom Floats Savannah July 4th Boat Parade, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on Independence Day and sails along the Savannah River. More than 40 vessels will float the waterways decked out in red, white, and blue. Pick a spot at the Plant Riverside District to watch the flotilla.


River Street is the city’s annual Fireworks Show site, which starts at about 9 p.m. While the city has not decided, Savannah’s mayor indicated this year’s festivities would be a go!

Check out the spectacular fireworks show from the deck of a riverboat! Savannah Riverboat Tours offers a special 4th of July sailing with a three-hour dinner and fireworks cruise that boards at 6 p.m. 


On Tybee Island, officials were making plans to hold its annual fireworks display, but nothing for sure yet. Stay updated. If it’s a go, grab a seat in the sand and enjoy the show.


Make your summer travel plans now to celebrate an All-American Fourth in Savannah and Tybee Island.