Safety Celebrations and Community Guidelines for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the main visitor season in North Myrtle Beach, where the population surges from 20,000 to over 100,000 daily. This holiday weekend coincides with the Annual Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Black Pearl Cultural Heritage and Bike Festival, attracting thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Safety and Traffic Management

The influx of visitors brings increased safety challenges. Motorists and motorcyclists are encouraged to exercise caution and courtesy on the roads. Public Safety Officers, including supplemental officers from various agencies, will be present to manage traffic and ensure safety. Drivers should prepare for longer travel times and practice patience to avoid gridlock.

Traffic Chute

From May 24 -27, barricades will be placed from 37th Avenue South to 25th Avenue South. Drivers attending the bike festival must remain in the designated lane.

Noise Ordinance

Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Violating the City’s Noise Ordinance, which prohibits noise disturbances, can result in citations or arrests with fines of up to $1,000.

Common Motorcycle Violations

Motorcyclists are advised against speeding, burnouts, weaving between cars, and “holding” intersections. Such actions are illegal and can result in citations or arrests with fines up to $1,000.

Preventing Motorcycle Theft

To prevent theft, park motorcycles in well-lit areas, avoid leaving valuables on the bike, and use high-quality locks.

Community Policing

Law enforcement practices community policing, focusing on education and mutual respect. Officers are approachable and aim to assist visitors and residents in understanding local laws.

Grilling and Beach Laws

  • Fires are not allowed on the beach.
  • Charcoal burners and open-flame cooking devices must be operated safely and away from combustible materials.
  • Certain shading devices and vehicles are prohibited on the beach from May 15 through Labor Day.
  • Follow beach laws to ensure a safe and family-friendly environment.

Reducing Single-Use Plastics

To protect marine life, avoid bringing single-use plastics to the beach. If necessary, ensure they are disposed of properly.

Useful Phone Numbers

  • Non-Emergencies: (843) 280-5511
  • Emergencies: 911

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, visit the City’s website.

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