Fourth of July Events in Charleston

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There’s no shortage of 4th of July events in Charleston, SC. Make sure to don your red, white and blue and be ready to for a good time.  Check out this list of celebrations for America’s birthday.

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Patriots Point Fireworks Blast: Celebrate the Fourth of July on board the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. The museum will host a free celebration on land starting at 6 p.m. It will include food trucks, live music and the fireworks at sundown. Purchase a $25 ticket to watch the fireworks from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown. Parking will be a flat $20 fee for everyone on Independence Day.

Picnic on the Harbor: This fun-filled cruise on the Spirit of the Lowcountry is the perfect way for the entire family to celebrate the Fourth of July. Enjoy a menu of summer-time favorites, rockin’ patriotic music, and the best seats in the city for fireworks. 8-10pm

Isle of Palms Fireworks at the Beach: The Isle of Palms fireworks show takes place in the Front Beach area at 9pm.  Click on the link for more info and parking. 

4th of July on SI: The Sullivan Island’s festivities begin with a golf cart parade at 9 am and ends with the party in the park!  Bring a chair or a blanket and get ready for the big show! Music will be provided by the Shem Creek Boogie Band, with fireworks starting shortly after 9 PM.

4th of July Dinner Cruise on the Harbor – Enjoy an elegant three-hour dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina. It’s a magical evening when you can take in the views of one of the most enchanting cities in America. Add to that Fourth of July fireworks and you have the making of an unforgettable evening. Cruise leaves at 7pm. 

July 4th | Celebration in the Circle: Experience the ultimate Independence Day affair at The Charleston Place’s Summer in the City Celebration. This event will include an upscale barbecue feast accompanied by handcrafted ice cream paninis, sparklers, live music, and a visual light show projection on the building. Reservations are required. Tickets begin at $45.  7-10pm. 

City of North Charleston Celebration:  North Charleston’s Independence Day event is BACK, showcasing the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show on Monday, July 4, 5-10pm at Riverfront Park.  Fireworks at dark and music by the North Charleston Pops! and DJ Natty Heavy. Fireworks begin at 9:00pm. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food trucks will be on site. 
(UPDATE 6/28: CANCELLED due to high tide) Folly Beach 4th of July Fireworks will occur at sundown. These fireworks will be visible from anywhere on Folly beach and for miles around the area. This Independence Day show is perfect for the whole family. Admission is FREE
Fabulous Fourth in the Creek is an annual Fourth of July celebration in Goose Creek. It takes place from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm at Goose Creek Municipal Center. The party features fireworks, live music, a variety of food vendors, and free activities for kids. Admission and parking are free of charge.
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We’re of course partial to Charleston, but here’s the truth. There are many similarities however there are some differences in our opinion: 

  • Both cities are historic and beautiful. 
  • Both cities are extremely walkable. Savannah, with it’s park-like squares maybe more walkable than Charleston. 
  • Charleston has a more established and food scene with many more options. 
  • Charleston has better hotels and shopping.
  • Both cities have equally good tours.
  • Charleston has better beach options. Savannah has Tybee which is great, however it’s 1 beach vibe versus Charleston which has 3 beaches with different vibes. Checkout this Charleston beach guide article:
  • In Savannah you can walk with alcoholic beverages on the street. This is not allowed in Charleston. This can be good or bad depending on your stance. 
  • Savannah is more affordable.
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