Carolina Day festivities set

Re-enactors portraying the 2nd and 3rd S.C. infantry units fire their muskets during the 2009 Carolina Day commemoration at Fort Moultrie. The festival, which starts today, celebrates the American colonists' defeat of British land and sea forces in South

Sullivan's Island -- The National Park Service invites visitors to celebrate Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie today and Monday.

Programs include musket-firing demonstrations, period medical displays, children's programs and a band concert. Admission is free both days.

Carolina Day, observed June 28 throughout South Carolina, commemorates the successful defeat of British land and naval forces by Carolina and Virginia patriots on June 28, 1776.

The triumph was the first decisive victory by the American Colonies in their fight for independence and prevented the British from gaining a foothold in South Carolina for another four years.

Fort Moultrie, a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument, is at 1214 Middle St., Sullivan's Island. For more information, call 883-3123 or go to www.nps.gov/fosu.

Here are the Carolina Day celebration schedule of events:

Today and Monday

--10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., infantry/musket-firing demonstration

--11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., cannon-firing demonstration

--1 p.m. and 3 p.m., children's musket drill program

Monday

--7 p.m., National Guard concert

Charleston celebration

The city of Charleston will celebrate Carolina Day on Monday with a parade, which will begin at 3 p.m. at Washington Square Park, and a re-dedication of the White Point Garden bandstand, which will begin at 4 p.m.