Salute from the Shore VI Announces Return of F-16s and Vintage Military Aircraft in Annual 4th of July Flyover

June 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, SC – Salute from the Shore, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded five years ago by patriotic South Carolinians for the purpose of honoring our armed forces on Independence Day, the very day Americans celebrate our freedom. For the past five years on the 4th of July, millions have gathered on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave flags to demonstrate their gratitude to America’s finest for their bravery and commitment to protecting our freedom.

In prior years, the event was highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft – F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base in 2011 and 2012 and a C-17 from Charleston AFB in 2010. In 2012, the F-16s were joined for a portion of the journey by vintage military aircraft with veterans aboard.

In recent years, the “Sequestration” budget cuts prevented military support of the Flyover. However, Salute from the Shore has not wavered from its mission to honor our brave military personnel, and the tribute will continue again this year with a flyover of vintage military aircraft as well as the much-anticipated return of the F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base.

The Flyover will begin at 1:00 PM again this year over Cherry Grove and proceeding south. The jets are scheduled to conclude their run at about 1:45 PM over Hilton Head.

The vintage military aircraft will be visible over South Carolina beaches beginning at after the F-16s. Please refer to the website for more exact timing as various factors including wind speed and aircraft type will determine when the vintage aircraft arrive at different locations along the coast. Vintage military aircraft will fly active duty armed forces and veterans who get to view Salutes on the beach from the air.

Salute from the Shore urges visitors to salute by wearing and waving red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. Salute from the Shore also encourages participants to share their stories about why they love America and those that protect it by posting their own video and images of the event on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world.

Participants can share their stories on the Website, Facebook, Twitter @July4Salute, #SalutefromtheShore and Instagram @July4salute, #SalutefromtheShore.

Corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals, including SCE&G, PGBA, Colliers International, First Citizens Bank, Waccamaw Land & Timber, BGA-viation and many others have stepped up to provide financial support to assist the owners of the vintage aircraft with their expenses and to provide funding for video and promotion. Others interested in supporting this initiative are encouraged to contact the organizers or donate online at

Salute from the Shore provides a special opportunity for South Carolina beachgoers to Salute our military through video and images on the 4th of July. Our mission is to organize, promote, record and distribute this tribute for the benefit of American’s military family at home and abroad. For more information or to view last year’s Salute, please visit