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      What to know when heading to Murrells Inlet on 4th of July

      The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office wants the community to know about traffic conditions and closures on Independence Day.

      The Murrells Inlet Public Boat Landing will be closed to foot and vehicle traffic at 4:30 p.m. Thursday until the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade is over, according to a press release.

      The dock will only be open to emergency personnel and vessels.

      The Sheriff's Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol also developed a traffic plan to help drivers leaving the 4th of July Murrells Inlet Fireworks display.

      Traffic on Highway 17 Business will be directed south to Wachesaw Road, turning right for Highway 17 Bypass, or north to Sunnyside Drive, turning left to access Highway 707 and Highway 17 Bypass.

      Side streets along Highway 17 Business will be blocked preventing exiting or entering except at Wachesaw Road and Sunnyside Drive.

      All traffic on roads and side streets west of Highway 17 Business will be directed to Highway 17 Bypass.

      South Carolina Highway Patrol will direct traffic at both the Wachesaw Road traffic light and the Sunnyside Drive traffic light.

      Officers will be positioned along the routes to help the flow of traffic exiting the area.