St. Simons Island 4th of July Sunshine Festival (July 2-4)

The area’s vibrant 4th of July celebrations make this a favorite time of year for vacationers to visit the Golden Isles of Georgia. In particular, the St. Simons Island annual Sunshine Festival is a tradition that has been honored for more than 60 years and continues to provide numerous family-friendly activities and festivities.

Event Details

• Sunshine Festival 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run: This is a great event for the whole family to participate in on the morning of Independence Day. The Fun Run begins at 7:30AM, and the 5K will begin at 8AM from Mallery Park. This is also where participants will finish and awards will be given out.

• Fireworks: A spectacular fireworks show will take place at 9PM on July 4th at Neptune Park in Pier Village. Prepare to come down early and pick your spot for the oceanfront display.

• Sunshine Festival Arts and Crafts Show: Locally made arts and crafts will be featured from 10AM-5PM every day of the festival at Postell Park. Pieces will include pottery, paintings, garden art, jewelry, photography, and much more.


The 2017 Sunshine Festival will run from Saturday, July 2nd to Monday, July 4th.


Registration for the 5K and Fun Run is $15 for those 17 and younger and $25 for 18 and up until July 2. The day of the race registration will be $30.

Mark your calendar and be sure to plan your St. Simon Island getaway accordingly for a chance to attend this year’s 4th of July observance.