MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
The 60th annual Beaufort Water Festival is taking place at Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort, July 17- 26.
The opening ceremony included a moment of silence for the fallen service members of the Chattanooga, Tenn. tragedy, entertainment from the Parris Island Marine Band, and fireworks to conclude the night.
Each night has a different genre of music, along with family friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.
"The 60th annual Beaufort Water Festival is one of the largest festivals in the state of South Carolina," said Dave Helmer, the productions director of the festival.
The festival has held everything from military appreciation night, Motown Monday, and Time Warp Tuesday, to name a few.
"It’s completely volunteer run. People give their time, energy, heart, and soul to the event, not just for Beaufort, but for the entire Lowcountry," said Helmer.
People of all ages volunteered at the event, from working the booths to setting up tents at midnight to prepare for the next day’s events.
At the start of the festival, Bill Damude was named the Commodore of this year’s Beaufort Water Festival. "On behalf of the 60th annual Water Festival, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our many loyal sponsors who have been a part of the festival for many years, as well as all of our loyal volunteers without whom the annual Water Festival would not be possible," said Damude.
"I’ve been here for about five years, and I look forward to it every year," said Helmer. "Great people, great band, great music, great city."