The 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival started off with a bang at the Opening Ceremonies Friday night drawing a very large and festive crowd yet again to downtown Beaufort Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
With live music and free admission, Opening Ceremony drew quite a crowd and the atmosphere was upbeat. After being able to explore and shop the wonderful craft market vendors all afternoon, the gates opened at 6 pm letting anxious festival goers flood into downtown’s waterfront and pick a spot for their lawn chairs. The Lowcountry Summer weather was perfectly warm with just enough with a complementary breeze that made for a delightful evening for all.
The event kicked off with the pledge of allegiance led by local boy scouts and a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (see video). The Parris Island Marine Corps Band provided energizing musical entertainment during what was a truly perfect Lowcountry evening, with a wide variety of tunes from patriotic – honoring all branches of the armed services – to big band and jazz. The band had the crowd pumped and feeling patriotic when the sunlight began to fade and the day turned into night.
With a near dark sky came what many people were waiting for; the amazing Water Festival fireworks show. And boy… was it a show! The Beaufort River was full of boats, lighting up the water.
A great opening night. It’ll be a tough act to follow, but that’s what makes the Beaufort Water festival so special. It delivers for everyone…for 6 decades now.