We created this page to help guests plan a great celebration while visiting historic Savannah. We’ll offer you some local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday!
“Local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday”
Old Town Trolley of Savannah will be open on the 4th of July operating a regular schedule of tours. We hope you take advantage of our top-rated sightseeing tour to see the best attractions and enjoy all the Independence Day decorations in Savannah. Our trolley can take you to almost every 4th of July Celebration around the city allowing you to hop on and off to enjoy the best of the best.
*Bring out of town guests for a great trolley tour and get your ticket for free. Savannah Residents Receive Free Admission for Old Town Trolley Savannah with a full paying adult guest. Sign up for our Hometown Pass program today.
Attractions Open July 4th
Visit the American Prohibition Museum this 4th of July. Featuring 21st century technology and immersive displays, the museum takes guests on a journey through the past to the early 1900s when anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and America’s struggle with alcohol was brought to light.
Don’t be fooled by the quaint neighborhoods and cobblestone streets of Savannah. This southern city is home to eerie occurrences and infamous ghosts. Let the Hostess City of the South share its darker side with you aboard a Ghosts & Gravestones tour during the 4th of July. Your Ghost Hosts will lead you through the city’s most haunted sites, including the Andrew Low House and the Perkin’s & Son’s Ship Chandlery. Along the way, learn the menacing stories that have plagued River Street for hundreds of years. This is one history lesson unlike the others.
Restaurants and Places to Eat Open July 4th
This 4th of July, slip into our Speakeasy to enjoy authentic craft cocktails. Zagat rated Congress Street Up Speakeasy “One Of The Hottest Bars In Savannah.”
For a true taste of Savannah, stop in at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House this 4th of July. Set in an old brick building that dates back to 1870, this is one of Savannah’s legendary spots. Mrs. Wilkes passed away in 2003 and although she had not taken in any boarders in around 40 years, her hometown cooking and hospitality continue on. The famous dining room is so popular that although the sign is not visible from the road, hungry tourists and locals alike begin lining up before the restaurant even opens every morning. Serving up family-style meals at large tables, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House delights guests with traditional down home fried chicken, gumbo, creamed corn, Savannah red rice, biscuits and more. Come hungry and ready to dine alongside of folks you may not know; because at Mrs. Wilkes, everyone is family and is seated together at large 10-top tables.
Here are some local tips on the best places to celebrate
One of the most popular destinations in Savannah is River Street. On July 4th, celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, games, contests and food. The fireworks show will commence at 9pm and it promises to be one of the best in Savannah. This is Trolley Stop #10.
For a patriotic 4th of July celebration, grab the kids and head to Fort McAllister State Historic Park. This place is listed on the United States Register of Historic Places and is not only a scenic park and campgrounds, but also an authentic Civil War site. There’s a museum that features Civil War artifacts, the fort itself, cannons, bombproof barracks, the last earthwork fortification of the confederacy and more. On the 4th, pack food and drinks and plan to spend the day. The kids (and the grownups) will get a real kick out of cannon and musket firing demonstrations, sack races, egg tosses, tug-of-wars, watermelon cutting and seed spitting contests, wheelbarrow races and even Civil War style baseball.
Several of the islands, including Hilton Head and Tybee, have their own 4th of July celebrations. However, many of them can be difficult to access because of traffic. If you are staying in the Savannah Metro area, it is best to celebrate downtown and skip the holiday traffic to the islands.
Enjoy the unique opportunity to view the fireworks from the water for the Savannah 4th of July Celebration. Limited tickets are available for about $69.95. The 90 minute cruise features a DJ, cash bar and a great outdoor deck to view the fireworks show on the river.