BEAUFORT, S.C., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beaufort Water Festival, an annual celebration of Southern summer traditions, returns to Beaufort's Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park for its 58th year from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 28. The annual festival draws visitors from across the country and last year's water festival attracted thousands of attendees.
On Friday, July 19, the festival kicks off with opening ceremonies featuring the Parris Island Marine Band and a fireworks show at dusk by Southeastern Pyrotechnics. The opening weekend is filled with fishing, Dragon Boat racing and athletic tournaments. Saturday's Concert in the Park and Sunday's Teen Dance conclude the opening weekend. Weekday themes include:
- Motown Monday
- Tropical Tuesday
- Talent Show Wednesday
- Lowcountry Supper Thursday
- River Dance Friday
The final weekend of the festival includes iconic Water Festival events: the Grand Parade, the Commodore's Ball, and the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats. For a schedule of events or to register for events, visit https://bftwaterfestival.com/festival-schedule.
The Festival Arts & Crafts Market at the Waterfront Park will be open daily for attendees to peruse local arts and crafts at their leisure.
To learn more about the Beaufort Water Festival, visit http://bftwaterfestival.com/.
About the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the city of Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina. Founded by the British in 1711, the city has a rich history with ties to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Beaufort is made up of Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within the Lowcountry. The city generates approximately two million visitors annually, and is regarded as one of the most diverse communities because of its character and architecture. It is home to one of the largest population of Gullahs, a culture known for preserving its African linguistic and cultural heritage more than any other African-American community within the United States. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the Eastern Seaboard can also be found in Beaufort, in addition to the Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital.
SOURCE Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce