Lowcountry July 4th guide

Here is a list of the activities and fireworks displays around the Lowcountry for this 4th of July weekend:

North Charleston:

  • The Annual 4th of July Festival in Waterfront Park will feature live music throughout the day from Coast Runner, The Blue Dogs, and Quiana Parler and Friends.  The festivities run from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., and the fireworks show gets under way at 9 p.m.  All events are free.
  • The Naval Weapons Station is hosting Freedom Fest 2010 on Friday, July 2nd.  Live music, games, kid's activities, food, and hot air balloon rides will be part of the fun.  The gates open at 5 p.m., and fireworks go off at 9.  Parking is free.  The event is open to the public, and military families are especially encouraged to attend.

Summerville:

  • Summerville DREAM will present Red, White, and Blue on the Green in Historic Downtown Summerville on July 3rd.  From 5-8 p.m., old fashioned family fun and music will be on the bill, and a non-motorized parade starts at 7.
  • Woodlands Inn will host a 4th of July celebration to benefit local non-profits.  There will be a South Carolina BBQ buffet, art focused kid's activities, and music from local artists.  The Summerville Community Orchestra will give a performance at 6:30.  The event runs from 4-8:30 p.m.  Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids.  Tickets at the door will be $10 and $5.  For tickets, or more information, call (843) 875-2600.
  • Summerville's Spectacular 4th of July Celebration takes place from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex on Boundary Street.  Plenty of food and fun are planned, and the town's fireworks display starts at 9.

Mt. Pleasant:

  • Low Country Harley Davidson invites all motorcyclists to join them for a police escorted ride with a United States flag that is traveling across the country to honor service members on Friday, July 2nd.  The ride will go from the dealership to the Yorktown.  Meet at the dealership at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 departure and a 10 a.m. ceremony on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier.
  • Lineup at the Lookout takes place on July 3rd with reggae headlined by Steel Pulse.  Tickets are available at www.brightsoundlive.com.
  • I'on kicks off the July 4th celebration at 9:30 Sunday with a parade and patriotic activities at Salute on the Square at 10.  Later that day, Band Blast! 2010 takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Westlake Amphitheater.
  • Be sure to arrive early for the celebration at Patriots Point.  From 4-7 p.m., there will be $5 admission to the museum.  Live entertainment from Katbandoo takes place from 7-9, and fireworks will be shot from the deck of the Yorktown at 9:15.  The event is free, and no alcohol will be available.  Snacks, sandwiches, and sodas will be on sale.
  • The Uncle Sam Jam will feature the East Coast Party Band on the Mt. Pleasant Pier.  Tickets are $10, or $8 for Charleston County residents.  Visit ccprc.org for tickets and more information.

Downtown Charleston:

  • The RiverDogs host the Asheville Tourists in a special 6:35 p.m. start.  Gates open at 5, and parking will be free for the game.  In addition, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka will celebrate the 4th at the Joe by streaming live coverage of Independence Day events from around the country, and fans can meet the new Miss Firefly at the World's Largest Sweet Tea Party.  Proceeds from the party will benefit the Windwood Farm Home for Children.  Fireworks will follow the game.

Goose Creek:

  • The Naval Weapons Station is hosting Freedom Fest 2010 on Friday, July 2nd.  Live music, games, kid's activities, food, and hot air balloon rides will be part of the fun.  The gates open at 5 p.m., and fireworks go off at 9.  Parking is free.  The event is open to the public, and military families are especially encouraged to attend.
  • The city will hold Fabulous Fourth in the Creek on Sunday, July 4th.  Starting at 6:30 p.m., food, live entertainment, and a jump castle will be available before the fireworks show that starts at 9:30.  The festivities will be at the municipal center on Highway 52.  Parking is limited, so guests are asked to carpool or take the free shuttle from the Casey Community Center.

Georgetown:

  • The boat parade at Murrells Inlet starts at 1 p.m. followed by festivities during the day on Sunday.  The fireworks will start at 10 p.m.

West Ashley:

  • Middleton Place is offering half price admission to all South Carolina residents from July 2nd-4th.  Pack up a picnic and enjoy a day at one of the Lowcountry's most historic plantations.
  • California Dreamin' will host a party on the 4th at Ashley Point.  Drink specials, BBQ, and live music will last late into the night.
  • Magnolia Gardens will present a history of America through storytellers' eyes.  Topics will include the American Revolution, Carolina Gold rice, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement.  The event is free for military families.  Gates open at 8 a.m.

Freshfields Village:

  • Get your island on at Music on the Green on July 4th at Freshfields Village.  The Island Trio Steel Drum Band will perform from 3-6 p.m.  Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy this free event.  There will be a limbo pole available for the adventurous.

Moncks Corner:

  • The 4th of July Street Dance will take place at the Train Depot on Friday, July 2nd from 8-11:30 p.m.  Live music will be provided by the Custom 4 + 2 Band.
  • On Saturday morning, July 3rd, the Independence Day parade will wind through the streets of Moncks Corner starting at 10 a.m.
  • Festival in the Park at Old Santee Canal Park will feature art, food, old cars and games starting at 2 p.m. on July 3rd.  Fireworks will go off at dusk.  The event is free.
  • Cypress Gardens celebrates the 4th Hawaiian style with music from ukuleles to rock and Hawaiian pork BBQ.  The event runs from 2-7 p.m.  Adults are $10, kids are $5, and kids under 5 are free.

Folly Beach:

  • Fireworks start at dark at the Folly Beach County Park on July 3rd.

Sullivan's Island:

  • Live music and fireworks start at dusk in Town Park on Sunday, July 4th.

Isle of Palms:

  • The town will present a fireworks show Sunday at sundown on Front Beach.

Daniel Island:

  • On Friday, July 2nd, an island wide block party will take place at the Daniel Island Grill.  Food will be available for purchase, but residents are encouraged to bring along their favorite appetizers, side dishes, or desserts.  Live music is planned, along with several activities for the kids.
  • Saturday morning brings a pancake breakfast at Family Circle Tennis Center.  Tickets are $5 in advance from the Daniel Island Property Owners Association office.
  • Before the parade starts at 11 a.m., plenty of entertainment from local talent will be on display at the Tennis Center.  All are welcome to join the parade to Pierce Park Pool.
  • Stick around after the parade for a cookout and games at the pool after the parade.  The event lasts until 3 p.m.

All along the SC coast:

  • Salute from the Shore will send a video to troops serving over seas of a low altitude flyover along the SC coast by a C-17.  Beach goers are encouraged to bring their flags, wear red, white, and blue, and wave their hands to the plane as it buzzes the beaches.  The following times are approximations for when the C-17 will pass overhead on Sunday:  Myrtle Beach 2:00, Surfside 2:03, Pawleys Island 2:05, Sullivan's Island 2:20, Folly Beach 2:21, Edisto 2:30, Fripp Island 2:35, Hilton Head 2:40.  If you get a photo or video of the flyover, you can share it with troops by uploading it to salutefromtheshore.org.