Murrells Inlet is gearing up for the return of Fourth of July festivities this summer. On Independence Day, July 4th, one of the most popular events along the Grand Strand will make its highly anticipated comeback. The 38th annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade returns this year with an Independence Day theme with the tagline, “Stars, Stripes, and Fireworks.” The parade will start at the point of Garden City Beach and make its way through Murrells Inlet. For this year’s event, the boat entry fee has been waived as officials wanted to encourage more participation. Viewing areas will be positioned along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, at the Belin United Methodist Church, and Morse Park Landing. Parade organizers request participants and spectators not litter or incorporate boat designs that can harm the environment and local wildlife. They discourage the use of water balloons. T-shirts for the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade will be sold at a later date. Proceeds from the t-shirt sale will go to the Belin United Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 396. Last year's edition of the Boat Parade was canceled due to COVID-19. Organizers felt that the challenge of enforcing safety measures was too much of a risk. To learn more about the upcoming parade, visit https://www.facebook.com/MurrellsInletBoatParade/.