Here’s what’s going on around the Charleston area Saturday to celebrate Independence Day:
On Sullivan’s Island there will be a whole day of celebrations, starting with a bicycle and golf cart parade at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles, whether two-wheeled or four, with as much patriotic garb as possible. The parade starts at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School and wraps up at the Fish Fry Shack, where they’ll have arts and crafts, a water gun fight and other kids’ activities throughout the day. At 6 p.m. the island will continue the festivities at J. Marshall Stith Park, 2050 Middle St., with live music by Shem Creek Boogie Band and a fireworks show as soon as the sun sets. All the activities are free for attendees.
On the Isle of Palms, the beach is the main focus throughout the day. But once the sun sets, the island will shoot off fireworks at promptly 9:15 p.m. from the Isle of Palms Pier on Front Beach.
Folly Beach also will have a fireworks display 9:30 p.m. at the Charleston County Park, 1100 West Ashley Ave., on the west end of the island.
The Old Exchange Building on Broad Street was where the Declaration of Independence was read publicly to the people of Charleston for the first time. To commemorate that occasion, the museum will hold a reading of the important document from the balcony at 9 a.m.
After the Charleston RiverDogs play against the Rome Braves, there will be an extended fireworks show to light up the sky of downtown Charleston. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the game begins at 6:35 p.m. Tickets range from $9-$19.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will celebrate Lowcountry history and culture from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3550 Ashley River Road. The History Fair will showcase 24 historic organizations and institutions. Presenters include well-known groups in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism. Price: $15.
Middleton Place will be celebrating 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4300 Ashley River Road. There will be a family activity tent, Revolutionary War-era games, interactive military drill, live reading of the Declaration of Independence and other educational activities. Price: $28 adults, $15 students, $10 children, free for ages 5 and younger.
The S.C. Aquarium will host fireworks on the harbor at 7 p.m., 100 Aquarium Wharf. The event will feature a barbecue, Lowcountry boil and local craft beer. Price: $60 per adult, $30 per child ages 3-12; free for children under 2.
The Fabulous Fourth in the Creek celebration will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd. Presented by the city of Goose Creek, families can enjoy the free event with live music from 17 South Band and a kids’ area at the bash. Food vendors will be on hand. Parking is free but limited, so plan to get there early and carpool. The event caps off with a grand finale fireworks show starting at about 9:30 p.m.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum hosts a free fireworks show. The event starts at 4 p.m., and there will be live music, as well as food and beverages for sale on-site. Be sure to have $10 cash on hand to pay for parking. For kids, there will be a jump castle and other activities. Find your seats by sundown for the fireworks show, which usually begin about 9 p.m.
At the Mount Pleasant Pier underneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission hosts the Uncle Sam Jam event. It features live music by Permanent Vacation, a Charleston-based oldies band, and views of the Charleston Harbor. Admission is $10, gates open at 7 p.m.
North Charleston is hosting an all-day music festival followed by the area’s largest fireworks show at Riverfront Park. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. for the free event with the first performance of the day by the local rock group Soul Fish. The reggae group Blacklion takes the stage at 5 p.m., followed by folk trio Dangermuffin at 6:30 p.m. and, lastly, Funk Factory 5 at 8 p.m. to deliver the Motown hits. The fireworks show begins at 9:10 p.m. About a dozen local food, beer and wine vendors will be on-site. There’s no seating at the outdoor venue, so bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Red, White, and Blue on the Green is scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Gahagan Sports Complex on West Boundary Street, near Lincolnville. The free event will include plenty of live music, a sizable kids zone with games and prizes, a full beer garden, food vendors and food trucks, the popular “non-motorized” parade and an fireworks display to conclude the festivities.