SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Palmetto Society and South Carolina Historical Society have changed the schedule planned to commemorate Carolina Day this year.
The Carolina Day event takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church on 71 Broad St. in Charleston. A worship service will be followed by a keynote address given by The Charleston Museum's curator, J. Grahame Long.
Mr. Long is expected to discuss the reaction of British military and society to their defeat in Charleston in a talk entitled "One Hot Mess."
The celebratory parade and gathering at White Point Garden have been canceled.
Carolina Day remembers the Battle of Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776. Colonels William Moultrie and William Thomson led their forces to victory against attacks from the Royal Navy and British Army. The inaugural Carolina Day celebration took place the following year in 1777.
The blue Moultrie (Liberty) flag designed by Col. Moultrie in 1775 inspired the South Carolina state flag. It was originally created for use during the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Sullivan's Island in 1776, it flew over a palmetto-log fort. It was shot down by British fire and raised again by Sergeant William Jasper.
In 1861, the state flag added the palmetto tree to the white crescent borrowed from the Moultrie flag.
The decision to change the schedule was made out of respect to recent tragic events taking place in Charleston.