A guide to a Lowcountry Fourth of July 

Check out the area's Independence Day celebrations

Patriots Point Celebration and Fireworks: Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant will be offering everything from music, dogs, and burgers to child-friendly fun starting at 4 p.m. There will be a kid zone complete with a play area, including a food village and beverage garden. Fireworks will be set off from the flight deck out over the Charleston harbor.

Fourth of July at the S.C. Aquarium. One of the best views of the Charleston Harbor is at the aquarium, and it doesn't get more American than eating barbecue. This party is catered by Jim n’ Nicks, and will also feature a 4-D Theater movie viewing, face-painting, and music.

Summerville’s Red, White and Blue on the Green Festival: On July 3, the festival begins, running from 5-8 p.m. in Hutchinson Square. It will feature Bad Moon Band and have many activities including games, face-painting, jump castles, and a watermelon-eating contest. There will also be a costume contest called the Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty Contest in which the winner gets to help the mayor lead off the 7 p.m. non-motorized parade. On Monday, July 4, fireworks will take place after dusk with concessions available.

Folly Beach’s Fireworks: At Folly Beach, there will be no shortage of sun or fun. Beach access is free — you only need to pay for parking. This is an all-day event, and people are invited to bring lawn chairs and towels but no pets. Fireworks start after dark. And just a tip: arrive early because the beach fills up fast.

North Charleston Fireworks: Located at Riverfront Park, the North Charleston Fireworks event will take place from 3-9 p.m. There will be live music by the Calvin Taylor Band, the Legends of Beach, and 7 Once as well as a variety of food and drink vendors on site. Additionally, there will be many free children’s activities including an inflatable jump castle, games, a play area, a giant sandbox, and a water fountain. This event is free to the public, and guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs but no alcohol.

Isle of Palms: Isle of Palms will be shooting off fireworks from the beach. The show starts after dark at approximately 9:30 p.m. It’s close to many beach bars like the Windjammer, so drinks and food are close by.

Uncle Sam Jam: On the Mt. Pleasant Pier at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Uncle Sam Jam will take place. There will be live music from Permanent Vacation throughout the evening. Beverages will be available for purchase and snacks can be found at the pier’s Riverwatch Café. It starts at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 8 and fireworks after dark. No outside alcohol or coolers are allowed. Tickets are only $10 a person, but only 800 are available so purchasing in advance is advised.

Middleton Place: Home of Declaration of Independence signer Arthur Middleton, Middleton Place will be hosting an Independence Day celebration on July 2 and 3 sure to please the history buffs out there. Guests are able to mingle with war reenactors from the Second South Carolina Regiment. Activities include musket firing, cooking, camp-life demonstrations, and at 1 p.m. on both days, formal readings of the Declaration of Independence. Most of the festivities are free with general admission, but house and carriage tours cost an additional fee.

Kiawah Fourth of July Events

Head over to Kiawah Island for their Day Celebrating America, hosted by Loggerhead Bar and Grill from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. While the pool and beach services are for Sanctuary guests only, dining will be available for all. Activities include hair braiding, clowns, all day live music, and an evening fireworks show.

Night Heron Park will host their independence festival from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The day kicks off with a parade, followed by tie dye, face painting, a children’s train, carnival games, and beach music from the Headliners. Food will include hamburgers, hot dogs, corndogs, mac and cheese, ribs, pulled pork, shrimp skewers, peel and eat shrimp, corn muffins, green beans, rice, and watermelon. Fireworks begin right at 9:15 p.m.

At the oceanfront Sanctuary Terrace Lawn, guests can enjoy food and music by the All American Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fireworks start on the beach at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $48 and $24 for kids. Reservations are required.

The Annual Patriotic Bike Parade: If you’re a cycler, then this is the Independence Day celebration for you. Taking place at Sea Forest Drive at East Beach Village, bike decorating begins at 4:30 p.m., and the parade will start right at 5:15 p.m. led by the Kiawah Island Fire Department and then Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross. The parade ends at Night Heron Park where more festivities take place.

RiverDogs Baseball and Fireworks: For all you baseball lovers out there, what better way to celebrate our country’s independence than watching America’s favorite sport? Head down to Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park to watch the RiverDogs take on the Augusta Green Jackets. Fireworks will take place at the end of the game.

An American Celebration at Woodlands Inn: With a variety of food stations, activities, music, and fireworks, the American Celebration at Woodlands Inn is sure to be great for families. It will take place from 4-8:30 p.m. Kid’s activites include face painting, balloon artists, jump castles, and family games. Adults can have fun, too, at the retail booths, art displays, and local music. The evening concludes just in time for the fireworks show. Advance tickets are available until July 2, $8 for adults and $3 for kids ages 4-12. You can also purchase tickets at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

l’On Village Band Blast 2011: Head to l’On Village for an outdoor, lakeside concert featuring Heart and Soul performing classic rock, Motown, beach music, and more. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade, and the Band Blast starts at 6 p.m. in the Westlake Ampitheater. Food and beverages will be available from various vendors including Zeus Grill and Seafood, Crushed, and Mr. Koolie’s. Guests are also welcome to bring picnics, coolers, blankets, lawn chairs, and tents. And the best news? Admission is free.

Sizzling Southern Celebration: Wentworth Mansion will be celebrating the Fourth in style with Circa 1886 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious food as a live jazz soloist plays. After dinner, guests are invited to head to the Mansion’s cupola to watch Charleston’s fireworks. It’s $70 a person, and this includes a glass of champagne but not tax, gratuity, or additional beverages. Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant will be offering everything from music, dogs, and burgers to child-friendly fun starting at 4 p.m. There will be a kid zone complete with a play area, including a 40-foot Ferris wheel, food village, and beverage garden. Fireworks will be set off from the flight deck out over the Charleston harbor.


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