Salute from the Shore Air Parade’ of F-18s to support and honor America’s armed forces

The Annual #SalutefromtheShore is a unique opportunity for individuals, friends, and families to salute our armed forces while celebrating Independence Day on South Carolina beaches.

This year’s Salute From the Shore will begin at the North Carolina/South Carolina border, 40 miles north of Myrtle Beach, at approximately 1pm and will make its way down the coastline, where it’ll end in Bluffton. The flyover will begin with two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base and a C-17 from Charleston Air Force Base. Following the military planes will be a civilian-owned and flown vintage aircraft, a P51. This plane flies slower than the military planes and will extend the Salute through the afternoon as it makes it’s way down the South Carolina coastline. Beachgoers are encouraged to stick around after the initial military planes flyover to be able to see the vintage aircrafts. As always, please be mindful these are older planes with volunteer pilots, so weather conditions and mechanical issues play a role in how many ultimately fly.

Salute from the Shore, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2010 by patriotic South Carolinians to honor our armed forces on Independence Day. Every year on the 4th of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America’s finest for their bravery and commitment to protecting our freedom.

The focal point of the Salute from the Shore has traditionally been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft. This year, Salute from the Shore is proud to announce that the annual tribute will continue with a flyover of F-18s from Marine Aircraft Group 31 from MCAS Beaufort.

Participants on the beaches are strongly urged to organize patriotic displays in groups, big and small, and to share their tributes online for our armed forces around the world to see. The Flyover will commence at 1:00 PM in Cherry Grove and conclude over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:25 PM.

Event coordinators are also working with volunteer pilots to organize vintage aircraft to follow behind the military planes. The vintage planes’ flights are dependent on weather and a variety of mechanical conditions necessary to ensure a safe flight. Please refer to the website prior to the 4th of July for details on whether vintage planes will participate in this year’s Salute. Various factors including wind speed and aircraft type will determine when, and if, the vintage aircraft arrive at different locations along the coast.

Salute from the Shore urges visitors to “Salute” by wearing and waving red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. Salute from the Shore also encourages participants to share their stories about why they love America and those that protect it by posting their own video and images of the event on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world. 

Participants can share online at www.salutefromtheshore.orgFacebook – – @July4Salute, #SalutefromtheShore and Instagram – @July4salute, #SalutefromtheShore.

Corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals, including Dominion Energy, a 5-Star General Sponsor, PGBA, a Celerian Group Company, First Citizens Bank, Doctors Care, Colliers International, Ocean Lakes Campground, Currie & Co. Travels, Shell Aviation, Collum’s Lumber Products, Nelson Mullins, The City and County of Sumter, South Carolina, Waccamaw Land & Timber, Delta Dental, Green’s Beverages and many others have stepped up to provide financial support to assist the owners of the vintage aircraft with their expenses and to provide funding for video and promotional products. Others interested in supporting this initiative are encouraged to contact the organizers or donate online at

Salute from the Shore provides a special opportunity for South Carolina beachgoers to Salute our military through video and images on the 4th of July. Our mission is to organize, promote, record and distribute this tribute for the benefit of American’s military family at home and abroad. For more information or to view last year’s Salute, please visit


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