Marking the unofficial start to summer each year, Memorial Day sees Americans from coast to coast gather with friends and family to commemorate those who died protecting our nation’s freedoms. And in perhaps the most fitting way to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by these military heroes, most Memorial Day revelers spend the long weekend enjoying their American freedoms to the fullest by relaxing and soaking in some of the best our nation has to offer.
In the southeastern United States, of course, there are few better places to celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer than along the Grand Strand, where 60-plus miles of Carolina coastline and a wide range of fun, family-friendly attractions await vacationers. If you’re looking to mark your Memorial Day in style, consider these fun and relaxing ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend in the Myrtle Beach area:
Salute our soldiers: A long-held Grand Strand tradition, Military Appreciation Days serves as a month-long salute to our veterans. And on Saturday, May 25, the Military Appreciation Days parade offers a great way for visiting families to honor those who served. Join the pageantry as floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles, walking groups and more — along with decorated U.S. Army veteran and country music star Keni Thomas, who is serving as this year’s grand marshal — wind their way through The Market Common in a patriotic salute to our soldiers.
Break out the BBQ: In addition to signaling summer’s start, Memorial Day also ushers in the peak days of one of America’s favorite warm-weather pastimes — grilling season. Celebrating all-American holidays goes hand in hand with firing up the grill, and for vacationers who make The Cottages at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach their vacation home away from home, it won’t be hard to find the perfect spot to cook up some holiday hot dogs, hamburgers and more. With private cottages available ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, the resort’s inviting accommodations feature awesome amenities like private backyard pools, personal elevators and — you guessed it — on-site grills. So you and your vacation crew will be able to turn up the heat on your festivities, then cool off in the pool!
Have a ball at the beach: Of course, when at the Atlantic coast for Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to soak in some sunshine along the ocean’s sandy shores. And at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, our guests are just a short stroll from beach access via a private boardwalk. The backyard beach here offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic, and it provides the perfect spot to put up a beach umbrella, kick back in a beach chair, and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves while the warm sands tickle your toes. Bonus: The resort also offers a 2.5-acre oceanfront poolscape featuring over 15 water features like swimming pools, huge hot tubs, an indoor lazy river, and the largest swim-up pool bar on the Grand Strand.
Find fun for everyone: Located just 5 minutes inland from The Cottages at North Beach Plantation, shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Barefoot Landing features a range of stores, restaurants and fun attractions worthy of hours of exploration, and its offerings are diverse enough to provide something fun for visitors of all ages and interests. Set around a 27-acre lake and situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the complex is home to more than 40 retail shops, 25-plus restaurants, bars and snack shops, and multiple entertainment venues such as the Alabama Theatre and Alligator Adventure. So you can bring your entire vacation crew along for the short trip to check this place out — they’re all sure to find some fun.
After marking a truly memorable Memorial Day on the Grand Strand, head back to your comfortable accommodations and wide-ranging amenities at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation to rest up for more Myrtle Beach area fun. Book your Memorial Day getaway today — and start planning an unforgettable celebration on the Carolina coast!