If you're suffering from a sore neck today, you probably can blame the Blue Angels.
But really, who's going to hold it against them?
The Navy aerial dazzlers enticed people to look to the heavens and delivered a spectacular show on a perfect spring Saturday -- sunny, warm and breezy. If you missed it or want an encore, they'll do it all over again from 2-3 p.m. today. Expect cooler weather today, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees.
On Saturday, people filtered in along the harbor's shorelines. From the Charleston side of the river, a ribbon of people could be seen lining the deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown. On the peninsula, because of ample viewing room, areas were crowded but comfortable.
People began arriving at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center's waterfront just before 10 a.m. The crowd gathered slowly, said Jim Majeski, a park ranger at the center.
Most spectators interviewed along the dock didn't arrive until an hour or so before the show.
"It's been busy, but the crowds have been pretty good," said Majeski.
The show had the feel of the annual Fourth of July fireworks, only during the day. And like the fireworks show, traffic snarled for an hour or so as people filed out of viewing locations at Patriot's Point and various parks and docks on the peninsula.
That was expected and nobody seemed to mind.
Some -- such as Navy submariner Nick Parson and his wife Jessica -- anticipated the traffic and brought their bikes along from North Charleston. Nick put their 20-month old Adley on the back his bicycle and they pedaled from a downtown parking garage.
"It's not as bad as we thought," he said of the pre-show traffic and crowd at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center.
Even a few politicians made it to Charleston for the event.
At the Charleston Maritime Center, Mayor Joe Riley greeted Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) before the show.
Last week, watching the Blue Angels practice -- or hearing about them practicing -- whet people's appetites.
"I saw them when I was driving over the bridge and I just thought, 'America!' " said Charlotte Coste of Sullivan's Island. "Watching them fly makes me proud to be an American."
Part of the beauty of this weekend's air show is that it's free entertainment guaranteed to lift spirits of a community that, like the rest of the nation, has endured a recession.
Six members of Samantha and Randy Myers' family traveled from Summerville for the show.
"My husband is a truck driver," said Samantha. "It's just nice that we're all together and getting to enjoy this day together."
Peggy Chavis drove two hours from Florence with several members of her family, but they first went to the Charleston Air Force Base, unaware the original show had been cancelled and that the Blue Angels were flying over the harbor. Still, they were enjoying the show until the Fort Sumter Tour Boat pulled up and blocked the view of the harbor for most at the visitor center. The ferry boat docked long enough to unload and reload the boat, or about 15 minutes.
"I'm annoyed by that boat, yes. I can't see the planes. Their timing stinks," said Chavis. "If you're going to have an air show, change your boat schedule."
Eric Morris of Mount Pleasant brought his family on Saturday, but plans to return solo -- with his camera -- today.
"Sunday is going to be dad's day out," said Morris, smiling while hugging his daughter and wife.