C-17 flyover to mark Independence Day along SC coastline

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Hundreds will head to the South Carolina coast to celebrate the Fourth of July, and this year, one organization is helping beachgoers salute the nation's bravest right from their beach chairs.

Salute from the Shore has announced it has teamed up with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for a C-17 flyover along the Grand Strand's coastline. At 2 p.m. on July 4, a fighter jet will depart from the Charleston Air Force Base and fly less than 1,000 feet from the coast.

Officials say the flyover will begin along the coastline in Myrtle Beach and proceed southward, flying along the entire South Carolina coast.

The unique way to mark Independence Day, according to flight organizers, will help unify the Palmetto State and connect participants with those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Salute from the Shore anticipates the C-17 will fly over the following locations at the times listed below:

Myrtle Beach           2:03 p.m.
Surfside/Garden City        2:06 p.m.
Pawleys Island 2:09 p.m.
Sullivan's Island 2:26 p.m.
Edisto 2:35 p.m.
Beaufort 2:39 p.m.
Hilton Head 2:43 p.m.

Salute from the Shore organizers are encouraging beachgoers to wear red, white and blue to line South Carolina's coast in America's colors.

Those who catch the flyover can send their video and photos to video@salutefromtheshore.org. The organization will then post the footage for American troops to watch abroad.

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