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Celebrating Fourth of July seems a bit more exciting this year than usual. We never thought we’d miss simple things like standing less than six feet away from a stranger while watching the fireworks display over the Charleston Harbor. But, life looked a lot different last Independence Day with COVID still running rampant, preventing large gatherings and the usual Fourth of July debauchery.

With vaccines now widely available and COVID numbers seeming to dwindle, it’s time to party like it’s 2019 and we’ve never heard the words “coronavirus,” “quarantine” or “pandemic.” The good ole days!

We’ve rounded up some patriotic events taking place this weekend, so you can don your star spangled best and celebrate. From festivals and firework viewings to outdoor concerts and a golf cart parade, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of the best Independence Day events.

Be sure to check out the full list of Fourth of July happenings around town.

Have an event to add? Email samantha@charlestoncitypaper.com.

Stars & Guitars: Reunited!
Friday, July 2, 4-10 p.m.
Boone Hall Plantation

After a year off due to the pandemic, the annual Stars & Guitars Music Festival is back with headliner Dustin Lynch and musical guests Travis Denning, Tenille Arts and Taylor Castro. This show is general admission, so blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

Patriots Point Fourth of July Fireworks Blast
Sunday, July 4, 6-10 p.m.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

There are few better places to watch the fireworks over the Charleston Harbor than at Patriots Point. The party kicks off on the shore at 6 p.m. with live music from Awendaw Green musicians and delicious food from more than ten Charleston food trucks. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m.

Fourth of July at The Watch Rooftop
Sunday, July 4, 7-11 p.m.
The Watch at The Restoration

From 7-11 p.m., The Watch will serve up classic cookout staples like deviled eggs, mac and cheese, pulled pork and more as part of its server-attended buffet. After you indulge, sit back and enjoy the fireworks show from one of the best rooftop bars in Charleston.

Fourth of Firefly with Lauren Hall
Sunday, July 4, 12-6 p.m.
Firefly Distillery

Get your Fourth of July started early at Firefly Distillery with live music, food trucks, outdoor games and more. Local musician Lauren Hall, voted Charleston City Paper‘s Best Female Vocalist 2021 and Best Country Americana Artist in 2020, will take to the stage from 1-4 p.m.

City of Charleston Fourth of July Celebration
Sunday, July 4, 8-10 p.m.
Joesph P. Riley Park

This free concert at “The Joe” includes performances by the Charleston Symphony, Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler followed by fireworks. Although the event is free to attend, you must reserve your spot ahead of time.