Celebrate the Kentucky Derby Right Here in the Myrtle Beach Area

Kentucky Derby in North Myrtle Beach

Saturday, May 4th marks another exciting Kentucky Derby, and while the legendary race takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, there’s no need to travel far to join in on the festivities. Right here in Myrtle Beach, we’re gearing up for a day filled with Southern charm, fashion, and fast horses. Whether you’re a local resident or vacationing with us at Thomas Beach Vacations, you won’t want to miss out on the local celebrations happening around town.

Derby Traditions with a Coastal Twist

Fashion Forward

One of the most beloved Derby traditions is the fashion, and Myrtle Beach takes it to heart. Whether you’re at a beach bar or a local restaurant hosting a viewing party, you’ll find patrons dressed in their Derby best—think bright blazers, flowing dresses, and, of course, elaborate hats. It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase your style, so don’t hesitate to dress up and join the fun.

Mint Juleps on Deck

No Derby celebration is complete without mint juleps, the race’s signature drink. Local spots will be serving up this refreshing blend of bourbon, mint, sugar, and ice, making for a delightful treat as you watch the race. Don’t miss out on enjoying this traditional beverage while toasting to the competitors.

Local Viewings and Vibrant Gatherings

Catch the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” at various venues across Myrtle Beach. Many places offer special menus and live screenings of the race, ensuring you feel the rush and excitement of Churchill Downs right from the comfort of our scenic coast.

Top Places to Watch the Kentucky Derby in Myrtle Beach

Thoroughbreds Chophouse

Join the festivities at Thoroughbreds Chophouse in their Paddock Pub. Enjoy Derby-inspired dishes, a Best Hat Contest, and a festive atmosphere that’s hard to beat. It’s the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the Derby day excitement. For more details, visit Thoroughbreds Restaurant.

Beachfront Kitchen & Bar

Located at the Sand Dunes Resort, the Beachfront Kitchen & Bar turns into a Derby haven with a live auction, a betting booth, and a $10 entry that includes food. All proceeds support the Grand Strand Optimist Club, making it a fun and philanthropic way to enjoy the race. For more details, visit Beachfront Kitchen & Bar.

Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach

Don’t miss the Derby Party at Hard Rock Cafe, where you can enjoy mint juleps, stylish hats, and the thrill of the race. It’s a great place to feel the Derby spirit among fellow racing fans. Learn more about the event here.

Grand Strand Magazine Derby Day

Head to Marina Park at Grande Dunes for a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, complemented by music, games, and gourmet food. It’s an upscale way to enjoy the race and contribute to a good cause, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. For event details and tickets, visit Grand Strand Magazine Derby Day.

Enjoy Your Derby Day with Thomas Beach Vacations

At Thomas Beach Vacations, we’re excited to offer more than just a place to stay; we provide a gateway to experience all the local events and festivities that Myrtle Beach has to offer. With over 400 properties in North Myrtle Beach, we’re here to ensure you have the perfect home base for your Derby celebrations and beyond.

If you’re already here in Myrtle Beach, take advantage of the local Derby events to make your Saturday unforgettable. And if you’re planning a future visit, remember that Thomas Beach Vacations is your trusted local expert, ready to make your stay memorable with our wide selection of vacation rentals. Check out our offerings and book your next vacation at Thomas Beach Vacations.

We hope to see you out and about in your Derby attire tomorrow—let’s make it a day to remember!