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Here's how to celebrate Fourth of July in Charleston, from fireworks to festivals

Last year's Independence Day celebrations were curtailed due to the global pandemic that canceled plans on the calendar for most of 2020. 

But parties are back post-vaccine in 2021 with festivals and fireworks all around the Charleston area. While many Lowcountry beaches still won't be shooting off sparks, there will be a lit-up sky on the Fourth of July and plenty of places to view it. 

Here's how to celebrate in Charleston. 

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There will be a fireworks display after a concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the RiverDogs stadium. File/Michael Wiser/Special to The Post and Courier

City of Charleston Fourth of July Celebration

WHAT: Spoleto Festival USA has wrapped, but the city of Charleston is continuing its celebration of the arts with a Fourth of July concert at The Joe featuring the Charleston Symphony, joined by special guests Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler of Ranky Tanky. The musical program will be followed by a fireworks display. RiverDogs concessions will be available. 

WHEN: Gates open 6 p.m., 8-10 p.m. music and fireworks, Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. 

PRICE: Free, advance tickets must be reserved online at charlestonarts.org/event/city-of-charleston-4th-of-july-celebration

MORE INFO: facebook.com/events/158713999581814

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum won't host people onboard the USS Yorktown, but fireworks will be on display landside, along with food trucks. File

Patriots Point fireworks blast onshore

WHAT: Patriots Point's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Blast will feature live music and at least 10 local food trucks landside of the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Folding chairs and picnic blankets encouraged. Tours of the Yorktown offered beforehand, with the last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $20 parking

MORE INFO: patriotspoint.org

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Fireworks shoot off into the sky during the Fourth of July Festival at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

North Charleston Fourth of July Celebration

WHAT: Bring lawn chairs and blankets to this party in the park with a view of the fireworks. DJ Natty Heavy will spin beats starting at 7 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. There will be limited food, so guests can bring snacks. 

WHEN: Gates 5 p.m., 7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave.

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: northcharleston.org

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Aniyah Frasier, 4 (from left), Savannah Rose, 10, and Samya Roscoe, 4, watch the parade during the Fourth of July celebration at Gahagan Park in Summerville. File/Staff

Fireworks and Freedom Fest

WHAT: Family-friendly event featuring live music by 17 South Band, food, drinks from Carolina Ale House, a kids' zone and fireworks. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, water, and lunch box-sized personal coolers. No large coolers, pets, personal fireworks or alcohol. 

WHEN: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Gahagan Park, 515 W. Boundary St., Summerville

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: summervillesc.gov

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Goose Creek is hosting a Fabulous Fourth celebration with fireworks. File/Provided

Fabulous Fourth in the Creek

WHAT: The city of Goose Creek's annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display. Music, food vendors and kids' activities. Outside fireworks, sparklers and alcohol prohibited. 

WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Goose Creek Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: cityofgoosecreek.com/event/fabulous-fourth-creek-0

Independence Day Celebration at Seabrook

WHAT: A celebration and fireworks display sponsored by Seabrook Island, available to residents and guests only. 

WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, July 3

WHERE: Seabrook Island Club, 3771 Seabrook Island Road

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: townofseabrookisland.org

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The Sanctuary will host a celebration on the Terrace Lawn. File

Red, White & Blue Celebration at The Sanctuary

WHAT: Kiawah Island Resort is hosting a celebration and fireworks display, with limited tickets available to island guests and residents. There will be live music, a buffet-style menu and open-air activities such as human foosball, soccer darts and an obstacle course. Burgers, hot dogs and seafood classics are included on the menu, and the fireworks start at 10 p.m. 

PRICE: $69+ adults, $29+ kids 4-10, Free kids 3 and under; tickets available at the Sanctuary concierge desk or by calling 843-768-6251

WHEN: 5-10 p.m., Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Terrace Lawn at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive

MORE INFO: kiawahresort.com/holiday-events/4th-of-july

Moncks Corner Fourth of July 

WHAT: Moncks Corner's Independence Day fireworks viewing location, featuring plenty of space to spread out and watch the night sky. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but no fireworks, alcohol or grills. 

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, 418 E. Main St.

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: monckscornersc.gov/4th-of-july-festival

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Lauren Hall will perform at Budweiser Freedom Fest. File/Provided

Budweiser Freedom Fest

WHAT: Lauren Hall will perform and there will be games, food and a cash bar at downtown Charleston's cruise terminal, with a view of fireworks. Chairs and blankets allowed, but no tents, umbrellas, pets, coolers or outside food and drinks. VIP tickets include complimentary parking, a catered BBQ feast, beer and wine, fireworks viewing and indoor restroom access. 

WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Port of Charleston Union Pier Terminal, 196 Concord St. 

PRICE: $20 general admission, $50-75 VIP

MORE INFO: whollyticket.com/paymentpage/payment.php?event_id=82854

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The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits on the seventh floor of The Restoration on King hotel on Wentworth Street is hosting a fireworks viewing party. File/Staff

The Watch Rooftop BBQ dinner

WHAT: Views of fireworks and a buffet BBQ dinner. Menu includes deviled eggs, cornbread, fried chicken, pulled pork and fixings, marinated grilled shrimp, mac and cheese, collard greens, coleslaw, street corn, mixed green salad and carrot cake. 

WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: The Watch Rooftop, The Restoration Hotel, 79 Wentworth St.

PRICE: $75, alcoholic beverages not included

MORE INFO: eventbrite.com/e/4th-of-july-tickets-154612719807?

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Firefly Distillery in North Charleston will host a Fourth of July celebration featuring live music, cocktails and food trucks. File/Lauren Petracca/Staff

Firefly Distillery concert, cocktails and food trucks

WHAT: Front porch Lauren Hall concert, Firefly cocktails and tastings every 30 minutes and food trucks Flight (chicken sandwiches) and Jonny Poppers (burgers). Bring blankets and chairs, leashed dogs and lawn games. 

WHEN: 12-6 p.m. Saturday, July 3 (food trucks 12-4 p.m.)

WHERE: Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston

PRICE: Free to attend

MORE INFO: facebook.com/events/3524825130989773

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The 100-foot Carolina Girl will host a Fourth of July sunset cruise and fireworks viewing. File/Provided

Carolina Girl Fourth of July Harbor Cruise

WHAT: A sunset cruise with a DJ followed by fireworks viewing from the yacht. Adults only, BYOB and food, small coolers allowed.

WHEN: Boarding beings at 7:45 p.m., 8-11 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Carolina Girl Yacht, 2408 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island

PRICE: $100

MORE INFO: eventbrite.com/e/the-carolina-girl-4th-of-july-firework-cruise-tickets-156508466035carolinagirlevents.com

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Table & Twine is offering a Lowcountry Boil package for those who want to celebrate at home in their backyards. Provided

Table & Twine Lowcountry Boil

WHAT: Lowcountry Boil pre-order to enjoy at home with family and friends. Packages, which feed six people, include 3 pounds of easy-peel shrimp, 1.5 pounds of sausage, 1.5 pounds of potatoes, 8 half-ears of corn, a flavor bomb, Creole garlic bread and peach cobbler. 

WHEN: Orders must be placed by 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, and can be picked up or delivered Friday, July 2. 

WHERE: Table & Twine, 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston

PRICE: $129.99

MORE INFO: tableandtwinechs.com/pages/fourth-of-july

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Isle of Palms is planning a Fourth of July lawn-front celebration. File/Nick Cann

July Fourth Bash and Splash Party on the Lawn

WHAT: Live music by Devin Colleton and Friends under the oaks, along with food, an inflatable water slide and more family fun. Bring your own chair. 

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: 300 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: happeningnext.com/event/july-4th-bash-andamp-splash-party-on-the-lawn-eid3a07vdxg64

Brown-Simmons Fourth of July Get Down

WHAT: There will be free food, drinks, music and games at Hampton Park in celebration of July Fourth for this kid-friendly event.

WHEN: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, July 3

WHERE: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive

PRICE: Free

MORE INFO: eventbrite.com/e/brown-simmons-4th-july-get-down-tickets-98841974005

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Park West will host a patriotic golf cart parade. File

Park West July Fourth Golf Cart Parade

WHAT: Registered patriotic golf carts will ride around the neighborhood. Cash prizes will be awarded to the most decked-out rides. Parade route and details are at operationvetfit.org/july4th.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4

WHERE: Park West Masonborough Park, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: Free to register, special T-shirts available for $17.76

MORE INFO: facebook.com/events/park-west-masonborough/3rd-annual-park-west-july-4th-golf-cart-parade/971557450046350

Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.