If you’ve lived in Charleston long enough, you probably already have a favorite spot to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Some will find a friend’s dock or find their way onto a boat to catch as many local fireworks shows as possible from the Charleston Harbor. Others will stand around at the Charleston battery, or plop down on lawn chairs at a neighborhood event.
Whatever you’re into, you’ll need to know where they’re happening and when to plan your viewing party accordingly. Here’s a rundown of all the largest celebrations happening this year.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum hosts the largest fireworks show and celebration in Mount Pleasant each year. While the VIP tickets to view the fireworks from the Flight Deck of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown have sold out, you still can enjoy the festivities on land. Attendance is free, but be sure to have $10 cash on hand to pay for parking. The event starts at 4 p.m., and there will be live music, as well as food and beverages for sale on-site.
For kids, there will be a jump castle and other activities. If you’re really feeling the patriotism, you can take a tour of the historic warships, including the destroyer Laffey and the Yorktown until 5 p.m. Find your seats by sundown to be wowed by the fireworks show, which usually begins about 9 p.m.
Another festive spot to enjoy the fireworks is just down the road at the Mount Pleasant Pier underneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, where 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 stunning views of the Charleston Harbor. Admission is $10, gates open at 7 p.m.
As two islands that played pivotal roles in the American Revolution, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms have a lot to celebrate when it comes to the Fourth of July.
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.
Over 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.
North Charleston is hosting one of the most involved celebrations in the Lowcountry with an all-day music festival followed by the area’s largest fireworks show at Riverfront Park.
And perhaps the best perk, it’s free to attend and park at the event. Gates open at 3:30 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.
Further north, the fireworks will fly in Goose Creek. The Fabulous Fourth in the Creek celebration will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday 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 approximately 9:30 p.m.
Riley Park has a known flare for fireworks shows, and the Fourth of July is truly its time to shine.
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 and can be purchased online at www.riverdogs.com.
For more Fourth of July events, check the Events Calendar on Page 31. Get all the details on Summerville’s Red, White and Blue on the Green on Pages 20-21.