We live in Charleston, so without a doubt, you have some family and friends visiting for the Fourth. Never fear of running out things to do; here are some surefire ways to keep everyone entertained during the long weekend leading up the big event on Tuesday.


Hit Buxton Books for a happy hour full of literary fun and free refreshments. JC Sasser discusses her novel Gradle Bird and other southern tales from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Artist collective Ill Vibe the Tribe takes over The Royal American for their first ever Art Binge, a night full of visual art and live music. Ambrosia Kitchen’s Aaron Eames rounds it all out with a menu tailored to the event.

Fan favorite party jam band Midnight City plays at The Brick at 10 p.m.

The Healing Gallery, Charleston’s newest healing center, is opening on Queen featuring yoga, acupuncture, and more. Taylor Czerwinski’s new paintings in the Sansara collection will be on display.

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with a musical tribute to our veterans. Front Lines to the Homefront is put on by the Flowertown Players and features mostly veterans.

The time has finally arrived, folks: it’s the last Party at the Point for this season. Head out to the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina for brews and tunes for the whole family.

Now’s the time to branch out and expand your oyster palate. The Granary offers half off the featured oyster of the day from 5 to 7 p.m.

Head to the Sparrow at 9 p.m. for Black Power Mixtape with Deadontime, the Black River Rebels, and American Murder.


Celebrate South Carolina’s new loosened distillery laws at Firefly. It’s Fourth of Firefly, and the Lowcountry liquor supplier offers a specialty cocktail alongside the usual tastings.

Girls Rock, the music camp championing girls and transgender youth, puts on their annual camp showcase at Charleston Music Hall. The show starts at 3 p.m. and promises plenty of young talent.

Explore the views of Thailand through Ben Osborn’s photography exhibit, Tones of Thailand. See his work at Tara Vis Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

Get your history fix for the week at the Magnolia Gardens History Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-friendly event is free with admission and features plenty of storytelling and performances.

North Charleston establishment Butter Tapas hosts an pre-Independence Day weekend cookout at Rusty Bull Brewing.


We don’t know about you, but $1.50 PBR cans sound like a great way to pregame the 4th. The Shelter’s Red, White and Blue Ribbon party promises this deal and plenty of live jams, courtesy of DJ Huey.

Woolfe Street Playhouse puts on Red, White and CASH, tribute show to American rock great, Johnny Cash. The event will include tunes by Cash, traditional patriotic songs, and beer and wine for purchase.

Celebrate Warehouse’s birthday with their Havana Nights 4th Birthday Bash. The shindig features Cuban food by Cuban Gypsy Truck, plenty of mojitos, and even free Cuban cigars.

Boone Hall’s celebration of the Fourth includes live music (with Trace Adkins headlining) and all the booze and food your heart desires.

J&G Tours offers bike tours around Charleston on the first Sunday of every month. Prime opportunity give your relatives here for the 4th a less touristy tour on this visit.

Bay Street Biergarten continues their themed brunch series with Buffet and Boats. Obviously, the event includes plenty of drinks and cheeseburgers in paradise.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.