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Happy Independence Day from Sheriff Tanner and Sheriff’s Office staff

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Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office would like to wish Beaufort County residents and guests a happy and safe Independence Day.

Throughout the busy holiday weekend, and with your safety in mind, the Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies patrolling our roads, beaches, waterways and fireworks displays.

Fireworks Prohibited in Unincorporated Areas

We would like to remind you that County Ordinance 74-68 prohibits the discharge of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Beaufort County without a permit. For more information, please click here.

For questions about ordinances regulating the discharge of fireworks within the city limits of Beaufort and the town limits of Bluffton, Hilton Head Island or Port Royal, we encourage you to visit that municipality’s website.

Pet Safety and Fireworks

Please consider the well-being of your pets during the holiday weekend. Below are some pet safety tips for Independence Day celebrations from the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.

Please Do Not Drink and Drive

If you plan to consume alcohol, please do not drive. Plan ahead by arranging for a designated driver, taxi or other transportation service.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office appreciates your partnership in the safety of our community.

Have a great weekend.