It’s been another great year in Richmond Hill. 2021 was filled with plenty of
challenges and plenty of triumphs, but through it all we made new friends and new
memories while enjoying all the perks of life in coastal Georgia.
With 2022 on the horizon, it’s time to plan your trips to The Hill. Looking at our
exciting annual events is a great place to start.
Richmond Hill Chili Cook-off
Head for The Hill on Super Bowl Sunday for some of the best chili in the region.
The Richmond Hill Chili Cook-off is hosted by the 200 Club and draws a healthy
crowd of home cooks and chefs to compete for the title of best chili in town.
Come hungry and enjoy a good old-fashioned chili cook-off, Richmond Hill style.
Cars & Coffee
Beginning the first Saturday in March and recurring the first Saturday of every
month through October, Cars & Coffee is a gathering of automobile enthusiasts
who have an affinity for all things cars. They gather at the Richmond Hill
History Museum to celebrate the automobile, including plenty of Model As and Ts
in honor of Henry Ford, whose legacy is woven into the history of Richmond Hill.
Join New Beginnings Community Church at J.F. Gregory Park for the annual
Easter egg hunt and celebration. Take photos with the Easter Bunny, jump in
bounce houses, enjoy face painting, games, and hotdogs and chips. The event
is free and happens rain or shine. Come enjoy this Richmond Hill tradition.
Children’s Fishing Derby
The City of Richmond Hill and the Fort McAllister Sport Fishing Club host the
Children’s Fishing Derby every April at J.F. Gregory Park in observance of
Georgia Cities Week. Trophies are awarded for biggest fish in various children’s
age groups and all registered participants will receive a medal. Check the City
of Richmond Hill’s Facebook page for more information as the event nears.
Memorial Day observances
Honor our fallen heroes at the Memorial Day ceremony at J.F. Gregory Park and at
the Memorial Day commemoration at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Witness
wreath layings, hear guest speakers and pay tribute to the military and
emergency personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country
Catch some live music and a beautiful sunset over the Ogeechee River at Fish
Tales at Fort McAllister Marina every Thursday from May through September. Enjoy
a cocktail and fellowship and take in the splendor that is the natural world of
Exchange Club Kids Fishing Derby
Bring your rods and reels to the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery in June and get
ready to fish. For more than 30 years, The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill has
been promoting the joy of fishing to youth with its annual fishing derby.
Trophies, donated by the Exchange Club, are given for the best fish to children
12 and younger.
Richmond Hill Independence Celebration
Head for The Hill the Saturday prior to July 4th for fireworks, cookouts, family
friendly games, bounces, live entertainment, and more. The classic Independence
Day celebration takes place at J.F. Gregory Park and is always free.
July Fourth at Fort McAllister
Pack a lunch and enjoy a day of celebration and history with Civil War
reenactments, period-specific games, and plenty of watermelon as we recognize
Independence Day at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Admission into the
state park is required on the day of the event.
Bryan County Bass Masters Fishing Club Kid’s Fishing Tournament
Just bring your pole and some tackle, the fishing club will provide the rest.
Every year in August, the Bryan County Bass Masters Fishing Club hosts the kid’s
tournament to generate an interest in fishing at a young age. Bait is furnished
and prize drawings will be held. A child catching a fish bearing the sponsor’s
tag will win $100.
Labor Day Celebration
Relive history on the first Monday of September at the Labor Day celebration at
Fort McAllister State Historic Park with Civil War re-enactments and more. See
cannon and musket firings and relax with the family on the banks of the Ogeechee
Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
October is a great time to be outside in Richmond Hill, which makes the Great
Ogeechee Seafood Festival at J.F. Gregory Park a can’t-miss event. Enjoy
carnival rides and games, catch live music throughout the weekend including a
national touring act headliner on Saturday night. But the best part, mountains
of fresh, scrumptious seafood served by some of coastal Georgia’s best
restaurants and chefs. The 2022 event will be Oct. 14-16. Learn more at
Richmond Hill Garden Club Pumpkin Patch
Come to J.F. Gregory Park for the best pumpkin you will ever carve for Halloween.
Pick up a few mums to decorate the porch as well. The Richmond Hill Garden Club
hosts the pumpkin patch each October, but hurry, the pumpkins and mums don’t
Holiday Artist Collective
Deep South PhotoPoint Gallery in Richmond Hill hosts this upscale holiday art
market featuring one-of-a-kind collectibles, original paintings, genuine
photographs, fine art prints and gifts created by local artists. Local and
regional artists contribute to the show and sale that lasts throughout December
and into January.
Richmond Hill Christmas Parade
It’s Christmas time in The Hill, which means the annual Christmas Parade is set
for the first Saturday in December. See floats from local schools, churches, and
organizations. Catch candy thrown from the floats and stick around to see Santa
Siege of Fort McAllister Reenactment
Come to Fort McAllister State Historic Park in December to see living history
during the reenactment of the Battle of Fort McAllister. Relive Dec. 11, 1864,
when local troops were preparing for the arrival of Union Gen. William T.
Sherman’s force of more than 3,000 soldiers who would arrive on Dec. 13 and sack
the fort once thought impenetrable. See musket firings, cannon firings, and see
the final assault play out before your eyes. Visit the Fort McAllister State
Historic Park Facebook page for more information.