Military Appreciation Events
MILITARY APPRECIATION EVENTS
All events are planned by the City of Myrtle Beach's Military Appreciation Committee, an ad hoc committee open to all interested individuals with a passion for our United States military. To learn more about each event and view photos, scroll down this webpage.
• Military Appreciation Days Parade and Grand Marshal Rocky Bleier – 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29, Along Farrow Parkway, The Market Common
• Military Appreciation Days Picnic and Exhibits – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 29, Valor Memorial Garden, 1120 Farrow Parkway
• Veterans’ March on Memorial Day Monday – 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 31, Along Ocean Boulevard, 16th to Ninth Avenues North
• Battlefield Cross Ceremony – 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 31, Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 812 North Ocean Boulevard
• Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 31, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans Military Appreciation Night - Saturday, July 17, more details to follow
Normally, teams from Horry County high schools compete in the annual Horry County Junior ROTC Drill Meet on the first Saturday of May at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ stadium. However, due to COVID limitations during the current school year, we will NOT be holding this event in 2020. Local U.S. Army recruiters serve as judges for the drill meet. A Military Family Members Social normally follows the event, offering free food and fellowship, although this event also will NOT be held in 2021. To view previous event photos, click here.
MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS' MILITARY APPRECIATION GAME NIGHT
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans welcomes everyone to show their patriotic spirit and attend the annual Military Appreciation Game Night. Stay tuned for details about the 2021 date.
MYRTLE BEACH VET CENTER PICNIC EVENT (NOT in 2021)
Normally, the Myrtle Beach Vets Center sponsors a picnic and open house on the Friday preceding Memorial Day as part of Military Appreciation Days. Quilts of Valor are awarded to veterans. The event features live music, food, exhibits and more, although it will NOT be held in 2021 due to COVID. To view previous event photos, click here.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS PARADE, PICNIC & EXHIBITS
Farrow Parkway is awash in red, white and blue on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day as the Military Appreciation Days Parade sweeps through the Market Common district. Large crowds attend the event, which features a Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal. This year's Grand Marshal is U.S. Army veteran and former Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Rocky Bleier. The free family picnic follows in Valor Memorial Garden, with entertainment, exhibits, displays and more! To view photos, click here.
VETERANS' MARCH ON MEMORIAL DAY & BATTLEFIELD CROSS CEREMONY
Veterans march on Ocean Boulevard in a solemn remembrance of Memorial Day on Monday. It originated with World War II veteran Jack Platt. The event is not a parade, but rather a chance for veterans to collectively observe the meaning of Memorial Day. The public is welcome to attend the march to show their support, too. To view photos, click here.
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center focuses on those who served our country and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Veterans from every conflict and branch are recognized at this solemn event, which features a brass band performance, speakers and Missing Man Table ceremony.
VETERANS' DAY CEREMONY
The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center focuses on the history and future of military service. Veterans from every conflict and branch are recognized. The event includes guest speakers, a brass band performance and more. And, new recruits take their oaths of office to become soldiers. To view photos, click here.