Sunset will be at 8:32 p.m.. Fireworks begin soon after.
Tickets to see the fireworks from the flight deck on the USS Yorktown are, unfortunately, sold out, though there is always room on land to see the beautiful fireworks. At Patriots Point, you can go to the Landside Festival from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be tons of fun activities and even a “Kidz Zone” for the little ones. You can also go to the July Blast at Patriots Point hosted by the Naval and Maritime Museum.
If Patriots Point is a little out of the way, there is a fireworks celebration over in North Charleston at Riverfront Park from 3 to 10 p.m. There will be plenty of food and entertainment to keep the entire family occupied, including live music from Quiana Parler, the Blue Dogs, and CoastRunner, and then the fireworks show later that evening.
If you’re looking to dance your Independence Day away, you can shag on the Cooper River to your heart’s content. The gates open at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Pier. July 4th is the Uncle Sam Jam with live music from Permanent Vacation. All ages are invited and food and beverages will be available at the pier. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is recommended.
You can also go to the South Carolina Aquarium for your Independence Day shenanigans. With an excellent view of the Cooper River from the Riverside Terrace, you can enjoy the fireworks in style. There will be barbecue, drinks, entertainment for the kids, music, and a spectacular view of the Charleston Harbor and any fireworks shown there. The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends when the fireworks do. Reservations are encouraged.
If you’re looking to be out on the water this Independence Day, you have a few options, too:
Although tickets to the cruise on the Carolina Belle are sold out, you can still go on a sunset cruise on the Carolina Queen, complete with catering from Muffaleta’s, drink specials, and live music from the Louie D Project. Once again, boarding starts at 7:30 p.m. and the cruise will be from 8 to 10 p.m. It departs from the City Marina and the Charleston Harbor fireworks will be at your disposal on this cruise.
If you’d rather sail, then the cruise offered by the Schooner Pride is for you. You can bring your own dinner, and beverages are provided. Boarding times coincide with the previous cruises and it departs from the Aquarium Wharf, 1.5 miles from the Aquarium. Smooth sailing, drinks, and fireworks. How much better can it get?
If you’re feeling eco-friendly and up for the adventure, you can also go on kayak and paddle boat tours from 8 to 10 p.m. Provided by Charleston Outdoor Adventures and available July 3rd and 4th, these tours take you through the salt water estuaries going towards Morris Island Lighthouse. It’s located on Folly Creek and reservations are required.
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