Market Common to host first 4th of July event

The Market Common is hosting 'Family 4th at The Common' this year, its first 4th of July event.

It's planned to be an event for the entire family that will include a kids zone, live music and a parade featuring decorated golf carts.

The Market Common has struggled for a few years to get on its feet, but this year it's hoping to turn things around.

"The economic collapse happened literally days after we opened. And so we struggled for several years. So we are just getting going. It's not necessarily a reinvention, it's a blossoming of what we could be," said Brooke Doswell, general manager of The Market Common.

The New Year's Eve party was a huge success for the area. Over 5,000 people showed up, and that was during the off season.

The Market Common opened six years ago and this is the first year it can focus on the true meaning of a town center, Doswell said.

Thanks to hosting new events, like the Family Fourth and the Southern Times Square, workers at The Market Common say they're on the right track to compete with the downtown area of Myrtle Beach.

"There are 15 million tourists that come through every year. And I think we both cater to different crowds and we can both do a great business during the summer," said Doswell.

The 'Family Fourth at The Common' event will run take place on the Fourth of July from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Event organizes say they will not have fireworks because they don't want the loud noises to bother children and dogs they hope will attend the event.