As Savannah gets ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, summer has landed with heat that reminds you that you are in the South. Enjoy Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration and heat escapes.
The 4th of July Celebration on River Street is a display of patriotism to rival any city in the US. The party starts at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at 9pm. Chairs and blankets are welcome so go down early to grab a good spot along with waterfront for the show.
The shade of the oaks that blanket the Historic District of Savannah give provide welcomed shade in the summer months. When you’re ready to for some air conditioning, Savannah’s museums are a great way to beat the heat exploring art, history, and Southern culture.
The Savannah History Museum is a great place to start. Located in Tricentennial Park in the Savannah Visitors Center, the SHM allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733 spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to today.
To submerge yourself in Savannah’s historic culture, visit one of the many house museums.
Owens Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest example of English Regency architecture in America. Built 1816-1819.
The Davenport House strives to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a unique Savanah story. Built 1820.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is filled with rich stories and experiences reflecting the arc of the life of Julliette Gordon Low and the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement she founded that changed the world. Built 1821.
Green-Meldrim House was home to General Sherman and used as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War upon the invitation of Mr. Green. Built early 1850’s.
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and shot story writer now widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Mercer Williams House was made famous as the home of Jim Williams in the best-selling book and highly acclaimed movie, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil”. The house is full of Mr. Williams private collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and furnishings. Built 1860
For art lovers…..
Telfair Academy Museum is a former mansion on Telfair Square with period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art. The collection is considered one of the most highly regarded in the Southeast US.
Jepson Center is across Telfair Square and is operated by the Telfair Museum. Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past.
Savannah College Museum of Modern Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter.
Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion. The mansion boasts a rich history as and architectural gem, the center of social life in old Savannah, Savannah’s first public school, and a boy’s orphanage. Restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the museum features a wonderful collection of shop models, paintings, maritime antiques, and expansive gardens.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force chronicles the history of the 8th Air Force during World War II and after.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from Slavery to the present.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
Old Savannah Tour Company in Historic Savannah, Georgia has created a tour for the entertainment lover appropriately named “That’s Entertainment Savannah!”. Kolin and I met one muggy Friday evening at McDonough’s Bar for a drink or two while waiting for the rest of our tour group to show up. As we waited, we tried to recount the movies we thought had been made here in Savannah. The most notable films, of course, were Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Forrest Gump, and The Longest Yard. We also wracked our brains guessing which parts of town were seen in which movie.
Soon enough, our group was gathered and we filed into the Savannah Theater across the street. Our evening started with an informal but very informative tour of the backstage area of the theater where we met some of the cast members as they were preparing for the show. The Savannah Theater is the oldest continuously operating theater in America! This stunning fact along with other interesting tidbits about past performers is learned on the tour. When the theater tour concluded, we filed onto an air-conditioned bus and awaited the arrival of our tour guide.
While wondering what was keeping the tour guide, we caught sight of a man wearing a light blue checkered shirt, khakis, and a bright red baseball cap frantically running towards us lugging a small suitcase. Once he boarded and caught his breath he introduced himself as our tour guide: “Hello, my name is Forrest…Forrest Gump”! After many surprised laughs and stunned looks, he continued to play along and amuse us with his spot–on impression. He finally broke character and the bus started rolling with “Forrest” as our guide.
While movie scenes were played on a screen at the front of the bus, we were taken to the identical spots for a firsthand look at where many famous scenes had been filmed over the years. Savannah has extremely close ties with many box office hits and directors and producers from all over choose Savannah for its grace, on-screen charm and ability to fit into any time period. The tour was very entertaining and we found the combination of tour and appropriate film clips to be engagingly helpful. By now, I was primed and ready for some real live entertainment!
The tour bus halted to a stop about a block away from the theater as “Forrest” stood up and announced “I think I had too many Dr. Peppers, I have to pee!” He dashed out the door of the bus and scrambled across the square to the theater. As we all let out hearty laughter, we quickly followed suit, not wanting to miss a moment of the Southern Nights Variety Show!
Historic Savannah’s Azalea Inn and Gardens B&B is a short walk from the Savannah Theater.
Extraordinarily beautiful; no more words necessary.