Salute from the Shore returns July 4 with Shaw's F-16s

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Beachgoers on the South Carolina coast this Fourth of July will see F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base and other military aircraft roaring overhead during the annual Salute from the Shore, an event intended to honor the United States armed forces. The focal point of the Salute from the Shore has traditionally been a flyover of military aircraft.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to show the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America's service men and women for their bravery and commitment.

The flyover will begin at 1 p.m. at Cherry Grove Beach in North Myrtle Beach and conclude over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton about 1:30 p.m.

Anyone on the beach is strongly urged to wear and wave red, white and blue attire and wave similar colored beach towels, bunting or flags. People are also encouraged to organize patriotic displays in groups, big and small, and to share their tributes online for the armed forces around the world to see.

Event coordinators are also working with volunteer pilots to organize vintage military aircraft to follow behind the F-16s. The vintage planes' flights are dependent on weather and a variety of mechanical conditions necessary to ensure a safe flight.

Participants can share their stories and tributes online at www.salutefromtheshore.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalutefromtheShore, on Twitter @July4Salute, #SalutefromtheShore and on Instagram @July4salute, #SalutefromtheShore.

For more information, visit www.salutefromtheshore.org.