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Firecracker 5k Race Details

The 39th Annual Palmetto Running Company Hilton Head Firecracker 5K takes place at Jarvis Park in the heart of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. With a scenic course route and festive post-race party waiting once you cross the finish line, there’s no better way to spend the Fourth of July than at this family-friendly run! For live race details like start times and course options, see below.









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Explore coastal South Carolina on a newly USATF certified 5K course, starting and finishing in historic Jarvis Creek Park! Whether you’re running to beat your personal best or enjoying a walk with the family, this course is open for everyone looking to kick off Independence Day on the right (or left) foot.

Note: Two water stops will be available on course for all runners.

The 2024 Firecracker 5K will be USATF certified. Please check this section of the webpage in the coming months for an official USATF course map!

Location and Time

Location: Jarvis Creek Park
100 Jarvis Park Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available at Jarvis Creek Park starting at 6 AM on race day. Participants can check their own bag or use one of the clear bags provided by Ventures Endurance.

All gear must be picked up by 9:30 AM. Ventures Endurance is not liable for any losses or thefts that may occur.

2023 Course Map

Kids Run

The Firecracker 5K brings the fun for everyone! Kids runs for ages 0-8 will start at 9:00 a.m following the 5K. Run start times by age group are as follows:

Age 3 and under: 25-yard run beginning at 9 a.m.
Ages 4-5: 50-yard run beginning at 9:05 a.m.
Ages 6-8: 100-yard run beginning at 9:10 a.m.

Distance and times are approximate.

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Packet Pick-up

Packet pickup will take place on July 3rd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Palmetto Running Company at Shelter Cove Town Center (28 Shelter Cove Lane, Unit 117, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928). Parking is available in the town center’s parking lot. Race day packet pickup will be available on Thursday, July 4th from 6:00 AM – 7:45 AM at Jarvis Creek Park (100 Jarvis Park Road Hilton Head Island, SC 29926). Swag won’t be mailed out after the event so don’t oversleep!

Save time by ordering packet mailing with your ticket registration! We’ll ship your goodie bag with race bib and swag right to your door. Already registered? Don’t worry–you have until June 11th to add on packet mailing through your EnMotive account.


Race day parking will be available in various lots at several Hilton Head Schools and nearby churches. Please review the map below to find which areas race day parking is permitted. Event parking signs will be placed in the approved lots. All approved lots are shaded in green on the map below. There will not be a shuttle from the parking lot to Jarvis Creek Park.

Please DO NOT park in the main lot of the Hilton Head Recreation Center as this establishment will be open on race day and need parking for its customers. The main lot is shaded in red on the map below. Parking is permitted in the surrounding lots near the baseball fields.

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The race starts at 8 a.m. at Jarvis Creek Park (100 Jarvis Park Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926). Please arrive by 7 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in and stretch before the race begins.

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family after the run

Post Race Party

Celebrate your victory across the finish line at the post-race party at Jarvis Creek Park. Each participant 21+ will receive one complimentary drink ticket redeemable at the Low Country Taps vintage 1964 Chevrolet C10 tap truck! Participants under the age of 21 will have the option to redeem their drink ticket for a fresh lemonade at the Low Country Tap truck.

Light snacks and other refreshments will be available for all participants.

Party like a patriot amongst your fellow runners with yard games all to the cranking tunes of a live DJ. Family favorite, Sno Cones by Chris, will be on-site selling sno cones with his made-in-house, from-scratch flavors! It’s the best way to start the holiday!
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Results and Photos

The 5K will award prizes to the top 3 men and women finishers overall and to the top male and female in the following categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All awards will be mailed out to participants after the event within 2-3 business days. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event.

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Ready to Run?

Click the button below to reserve your spot at the Hilton Head Firecracker 5k!