A First On The Fourth

Synopsis: Fourth of July — the day when young could-be lovers decide if they want to take it all the way. Next door neighbors and BFFs Candy and Mandy are headed to the lake with a bottle of Schnapps and car full of sexual tension. They’ve kissed once, on a dare. The boys loved it. And, secretly, so did they. Candy’s boyfriend Jax and Mandy’s boyfriend Axe are planning to meet up with them later. But if the boys are late, they might miss the fireworks and then who will Candy have to cuddle up with once the sun goes down? Mandy — painting her nails a cherry bomb red with one hand, knees steering the wheel of the old Cadillac — knows the answer.


Happy birthday America. While we usually celebrate you in our backyards, with overcooked hot dogs and lukewarm beers, we decided that this year we will branch out — and go all out — by celebrating in true Charleston style. We’ve culled some of the best shindigs around the Lowcountry so you too can ditch the lame backyard picnic and party like a patriot.

North Charleston Fourth of July Festival

Riverfront Park hosts North Charleston’s Fourth of July fest, featuring musical guests, children’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest fireworks show. There will also be children’s activities like inflatable jump castles, games, and a giant sandbox. Fireworks go off at 9:10 p.m., set to live music.

Uncle Sam Jam

The Mt. Pleasant Pier sets the perfect stage for a Fourth of July celebration, featuring fireworks, great views, and groovy music from Recollections, a self-described Carolina beach music band. Guests can jam to songs from Motown, disco, funk, and top 40 favorites. Food and drink are available for purchase inside of the event and entry is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the music revs up at 8 p.m.

Patriot’s Point 4th of July Blast

Celebrate America’s birthday aboard one of the most historic ships in the United States, the USS Yorktown. Flight deck admission ($40) gets you access to the ship, live music from the East Coast Party Band, and a view of fireworks. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase. A VIP ticket ($110) gets you complimentary drinks from two full-service bars, barbecue, and access to tables and chairs. People can also watch fireworks on the grassy area next to the marsh onshore for free, paying only for parking ($10). Onshore and on deck fun starts at 4 p.m. and coolers and chairs are permitted.

Stars and Guitars

Boone Hall Plantation hosts Stars and Guitars on Sun. July 2 with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate, with a limited number of $125 VIP tickets also available. Presented by 103.5 WEZL this special concert features music from Runaway June and Midland followed by headliner Trace Adkins. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase.

Sea Stars and Stripes
Celebrate the Fourth of July under the sea — sort of — at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Stars and Stripes, held from 7-10 p.m. on Tues. July 4. This event features yummy food, local and domestic beer and wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. You can also look forward to hands-on encounters with sea creatures and a view of Patriot’s Point’s fireworks. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for kids.