While I am a fan of fireworks, I am not a fan of crowds. Somehow, feeling like a sardine in a throng of people just takes some of the appeal out of the entire experience. That’s why when it comes to spending the Fourth of July in Savannah, I opt for some nontraditional firework-viewing locations.
If you want to be close to the downtown after-party that is Savannah, I suggest a rooftop bar like Top Deck. Located on the top of the Cotton Sail Hotel, Top Deck has a bit of everything you need for the perfect Fourth of July: craft cocktails, good food, and a spectacular view. The River Street Celebration fireworks are set for 9:30 p.m., but Top Deck is starting their party around 7 p.m.
Another option that will keep you close to the action is a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. Their Elite Captain’s Cruise lasts 3 hours and includes a 4 course gourmet dinner. Just reading their list of hors d'oeuvres is enough to make me hungry! Not looking for all the bells and whistles? Their Fireworks Cruise offers spectacular views at a fraction of the cost.
Tybee Island’s firework show starts at 9:15, but because of how traffic can be getting on (and then off) the island, you’ll want to be prepared to spend some quality time at the beach. The fireworks are staged on the pier, but they can be easily viewed from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches. There are plenty of dining options, but keep in mind that this is one of the busiest days of the year for Tybee.
My personal favorite spot to view fireworks, albeit at a distance, is out on North Beach on Tybee Island. True, this location is right next to the lighthouse and doesn’t offer the *best* view of the fireworks. What you give up for a direct view, you gain in several other ways, including being able to view Hilton Head’s fireworks and Tybee’s. That’s right. When you’re out on North Beach, especially if it’s a clear night, you can actually see Hilton Head’s celebration. Grab some food at North Beach Grill (their Crab Cake Sandwich is amazing!), and enjoy a low-key evening with friends and family.
No matter where you decide to spend the Fourth of July, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday!