Blue Box   Memorial Day Parade The big Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, and travels from 27th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North.  US Navy veteran and talk show host Montel Williams is the Grand Marshal for this year's parade!

Blue Box   Traveling Vietnam Wall We are pleased to announce that a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is coming back to Myrtle Beach, May 14-18, as part of our 2014 Military Appreciation Days.  The Wall that Heals will be available 24 hours a day at The Market Common, near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, during its visit.

Blue Box   Family Picnic, military exhibits and more Join us for a Family Picnic, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits and live music, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24, on Ocean Boulevard. The picnic is free for all military personnel and veterans and families, including the National Guard and Reserve. 

Blue Box   Veterans Beard & 'Stache Beach Bash Here's your chance to show off your facial hair, in one of several categories.  Learn more about entering this fun contest.  Ladies, too!  

Blue Box   Free Saturday Concert Hear the Andrew Thielen Big Band at the picnic, Saturday, May 24.

Blue Box   5K Run/Walk Sign up for this 5K Run on Ocean Boulevard and the Boardwalk!  The race begins at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24.  It's free for active duty, reserves and veterans, or $20 for civilians. Register now or see the 5K route.

Blue Box   Memorial Day Ceremony Join the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance for the Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 26, on the Convention Center Plaza.

P. O. Box 2468

Myrtle Beach, SC  29578






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Military Appreciation Days


May 1 - 31, 2014 – Myrtle Beach, SC



Veterans Beard & 'Stache Beach Bash


Enlist NOW for the Veterans Beard and ’Stache Beach Bash contest, to be held Saturday, May 24, as part of Military Appreciation Days 2014.  It’s free to enter, with the competition to be held as part of the big family picnic on the Pavilion site, after the Memorial Day Weekend parade.  Categories include:

  • Full Beard

  • Corporate Beard

  • Partial Beard (Chops, Goatees, Chin Straps)

  • ’Stache

  • Long Beard

  • Long 'Stache

  • Epic Beard

  • Ladies’ Faux

Sign up by sending us an e-mail and start growing your whiskers!  Males must be veterans, but the women’s faux contest is open to all ladies, regardless of military service.  Registration for the competition will open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at the Beard Table, near the concert stage.  Registration closes at 12:15 p.m., with the competition beginning at 12:30 on the stage, following the national anthem. 


Here are some tips on entering the contest from Dr. David Powers, who sports a full beard which has its own name:  the Berserker.


"So you think you’re ready to put your facial hair to the ultimate test and pit it against other face whiskers in competition? Well, then, let me be the first to compliment you. You’ve made the right decision. With the decision to compete out of the way, now it’s time to prepare.


"The first step is cultivating a face full of whiskers.  If you already have a beard or mustache, then you’re set.  If you don’t already have a fierce patch of manliness on your face, it’s not too late to start. Just put the razor away, warn your boss and your wife, and embrace the challenge.


"Next, you need to choose a beard style. Check the competition specs and see what style suits you.  Bear in mind that what you first assume is the best category might not be the most winnable one for you.  The Full Natural Beard category is almost always the most popular one.


"Check out the competition’s rules for each category and the proper method for entering.  Some competitions also grade on showmanship. This would be your chance to add a bit if flair through your actions or even a themed outfit. For example, the right kind of beard would go marvelously with a ship’s captain uniform or a Viking outfit.   


"Don’t forget to properly care for your new beard. Depending on the style you choose, the care and feeding of your "facebeast" may differ.  If you plan on entering a styled category, start training your facial hair as soon as possible. A proper mentor can coach you on style, competition, integrating your new bearded existence into everyday life.


"The rest is up to you. Give your facial hair permission to flourish and set it free!"



Military Appreciation Days

are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach

and PGBA, LLC.  We hope you enjoy your visit! 


Home  ||  Links  ||  Visitor Information  ||  Military Discounts

Memorial Day Parade Entries  ||  5K Run/Walk Registration  ||  5K Run/Walk Route Map

Military Recruiter Exhibits and Equipment  ||  Military & Veterans Support Organizations

Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Wall of Service