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Pro’s Guide to Independence Day on Tybee Island

Fireworks, friends, family and fun – what better place to spend the Independence Day than on Tybee Island? Our barrier island’s quirky energy combined with its beautiful scenery make it the best place to show off your patriotic pride! Follow our tips and you’re sure to have the best Tybee Island Independence Day possible!

Check the route and get there early 

Tybee Island is just that– an island. Because of this, traffic during events can be hectic when you’re heading on and off the roadways. Though the fireworks shows start at sundown (around 9 p.m.), it’s best to arrive early if you’re driving in that night. To cut down on traffic, make alternate travel arrangements including carpooling with others or staying the night before at one of Tybee’s many lodging options. Once here, navigate the island with ease using services and guides from a Visitor Information Center.

Photo courtesy of Rent Tybee

Photo courtesy of Rent Tybee

Plan your parking

Having a parking game plan the day of the Independence Day celebrations is always a good idea. Tybee is a “pay to park” community with metered spaces that charge parking fees from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You can monitor parking updates and traffic levels with the city’s handy “Know Your Beach” site.

Pick your spot 

Keep rising tides in mind when choosing a place to set up camp in the sand. High tide on Tuesday, July 4 is slated for around 8 p.m. You’ll thank yourself for choosing a spot further inland once the fireworks start — no one wants to detract from the fun by chasing their belongings into the ocean! Pack a picnic and find a seat early. You may even see one of Tybee’s famed sunsets in action.

Photo courtesy of Savannah Morning News

Photo courtesy of Savannah Morning News

Eat, drink and be wary

Tybee is an open-container-friendly island, meaning you can drink alcohol on the beach (no glass!). However, DUI checkpoints are expected on the island during festivities. Rather than drinking and driving, designate a trusted sober driver or, better yet, stay the night on Tybee to avoid getting stuck in traffic leaving the island. As far as getting around town, transportation options are certainly plentiful. Grab a ride in a Crab Cab, Turtle Transit or Island Hopper and let them do the driving for you!

Photo courtesy of @tyblissa via Instagram

Have fun!

Independence Day is a cause for celebration! Enjoy the pyrotechnics shows, vendors and sense of community this holiday brings. So don your red, white and blue and get out there!




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