Labor Day in Myrtle Beach
Labor Day 2012 will be celebrated on Monday September 3, and even though fall is growing in popularity for a beach getaway because of the perfect beach weather, Labor Day weekend has always been the traditional weekend on everyone’s calendar to make it to the beach for an end of summer vacation.
What better destination than Myrtle Beach, America’s favorite beach, where there is something for everyone?
This year’s Labor Day functions at the beach are dominated by the staging of the 7th Annual Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival, which runs over the whole Labor Day weekend. This is definitely an event not to miss when staying at Myrtle Beach resorts. There are several fine family resorts that are located close to the Market Common, where the festival will be taking place. Landmark Resort guests will be only a short drive away from the festival, and can enjoy the resort’s putt-putt course and waterpark. Captain’s Quarters resort is also only a few blocks away and is another perfect family resort to stay in during your Labor Day vacation. Palace Resort and Hotel Blue are some other nearby choices, though Hotel Blue caters less to families than young travelers.
What has the weekend festival got to offer? Well, there’s plenty, including free boat rides, free live entertainment, wake board demos, a kids zone, art and craft vendors, beer gardens, fireworks and of course, the main attraction - the barbeque. Almost all of the events that take place during the festival are free. The festival kicks off on Friday with the Anything Goes contest and tasting. On Saturday is the Official South Carolina Barbeque Championship and Kansas City Barbeque Society Cook-Off. Prize money will be awarded in each event. People attending can sample the Saturday barbecue by purchasing a $10 wrist band.
There’s stacks of good live entertainment going on throughout the festival, including The Fantastic Shakers, who have the reputation of being the South's finest show band. They will take the stage at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a great fireworks display. Myrtle Beach has become the band’s summer home, although they have played at more than 6,000 gigs all along the East Coast from New York to Florida. The Fantastic Shakers will be followed by a finale at 9.15 p.m. A new addition to the festival this year will be the Shriner's Mobile Hospital Clinic. This will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doctors and staff from the Shriner's Greenville Hospital will be at the clinic to examine potential patients and set-up future appointments. These consultations are free.
Labor Day weekend sees the last of the year’s Pelicans’ baseball games. You can see them on September 1 thru 3 playing the Lynchburg Hillcats at home. Check out their promotions and remember to take along your VMB Myrtle Beach discounts card with you to enjoy the best benefit. All of the Vacation Myrtle Beach resorts are located in the vicinity of the Pelicans’ ground.