Things are starting to heat up here in Charleston. We’ve got plenty of events coming up this month to keep your mind off the smoldering weather. Independence Day is right around the corner, and Charleston has been generous enough to give us countless ways to celebrate. See our list of Fourth of July events below to pick one that’s right for the whole family. Stay cool this month while exploring the Holy City and all it has to offer. Happy Fourth of July, Charleston Travelers!
Our Favorite Summer Activities
Located along historic Broad Street, Gallery Row opens its doors for First Fridays on Broad. Browse the 15 galleries, shops and boutiques along Gallery Row and end the evening with dinner or drinks at a nearby restaurant.
Shag the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music for you all night long. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Seating is limited; bring your own chairs and blankets. All ages welcome.
When the sun goes down, the curtain goes up at Charles Towne Landing for Family Flick Night. Enjoy great movies in a lovely park setting. Best of all, the movie is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts around 8:30 p.m. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
King Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Queen Street North to Calhoun Street. Restaurants pull tables and chairs into the streets for the ultimate King Street dining experience. Pop ups and local vendors take to the streets for an afternoon full of crafts, food and shopping. Bring the whole family (dogs too!) to this favorite monthly event.
Charleston Animal Society, Burtons Grill and Mount Pleasant Towne Centre have partnered to host Paws on The Patio. Guests are invited to bring their four-legged friends to enjoy an exclusive happy hour on the patio at Burtons Grill to benefit Charleston Animal Society. Cost is $25 per person and includes two drink tickets plus an appetizer buffet. This event is 6-8 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month through October. Space is limited to sign up fast!
The Mount Pleasant Pier will be rockin’ with the sounds of DJ Jim Bowers spinning a variety of unforgettable oldies and beach music classics. This event is 21 and older. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Seating is limited; bring your own chairs and blankets.
Experience Caw Caw Interpretive Center at sunrise. While paddling out into the gnarled boneyard forest of Tea Farm Creek, watch for otters playing, swallow-tailed kites hawking insects, and other creatures in and around the salt marsh. Trained naturalists will share the cultural and natural history of the area, citing important connections to the past, present and future.
Join Charleston Harbor Tours aboard the Carolina Queen for an evening on the water. Enjoy a fantastic sunset cruise with live music, views of the Holy City and a barbecue buffer from Swig & Swine. Perfect for date night or a gathering of the group of friends.
Fourth of July Events
Sea Stars and Stripes: Looking for a stress-free way to celebrate the holiday? Experience the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston and more during this family-friendly 4th of July celebration. The all-inclusive ticket includes food, beer and wine bar, and a spectacular display of the fireworks show on the water.
Patriots Point 4th of July Blast: Celebrate the Fourth of July on board the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Purchase a ticket to watch the fireworks and enjoy live music from the flight
deck of the USS Yorktown.
Uncle Sam Jam: Enjoy the harbor breezes, live music and fireworks from the Mount Pleasant Pier located at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
North Charleston 4th of July Festival: The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park from 3 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. This year’s event features musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors and a fireworks show. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food trucks will be on site. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain.
Summerville Celebration: The Town of Summerville will kick off the Independence Day celebrations with the annual Summerville tradition of fireworks at dusk in Gahagan Park, 515 W. Boundary St.
Fireworks at the Beach: Both Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island host fireworks displays at dusk.
View the Fireworks from the Water
- Fireworks Harbor Cruise
- Red White and Bluegrass Cruise
- July 4th on the Queen
- 4th of July Picnic on the Water
- 4th of July Dinner Cruise