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Have a Blast!

Have a Blast!
July 2018

Ring in Independence Day with these area events

Haven’t made Fourth of July plans yet? It’s not too late to find the perfect celebration. Whether you’re seeking a rooftop view or a family-friendly fête, look no further for patriotic happenings in every corner of the Lowcountry


4th of July Celebration at The Watch
Celebrate the USA at The Watch with a party featuring classic American barbecue and live music from John Shields. The rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot to take in fireworks displays with a cocktail in hand. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits, 79 Wentworth St. Wednesday, 7-11 p.m. Free admission; food and drink prices vary. (843)518-5155,

4th of July Celebration at The Rooftop at the Vendue
With proximity to downtown celebrations and an excellent harbor view, The Rooftop at The Vendue is a coveted fireworks viewing destination. Small plates and libations are available for purchase, and live music keeps the party going all night. The Rooftop at The Vendue, 19 Vendue Range. Wednesday, 6 p.m.-midnight. Free admission; food and drink prices vary. (843)577-7970,

Red, White & Bluegrass Cruise
This boat ride through the Charleston Harbor features a cash bar with snacks and beverages, as well as live music by The Bluestone Ramblers. Open to those 21 and older, it takes guests on a two-hour route around the peninsula, ending with a waterfront viewing of the fireworks. Aquarium Wharf, 360 Concord St. Wednesday, 8:15-10:30 p.m. $36. (843)722-2628,

RiverDogs Independence Day Celebration 
What’s more American than a baseball game? The Charleston RiverDogs take on the Augusta GreenJackets this Independence Day, donning star-spangled caps in honor of Welcome Back Veterans, an organization dedicated to helping meet the ongoing needs of military personnel and their families. Be sure to stay at the Joe through the ninth inning—the game ends with fireworks. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. $20-$11. (843)577-3647, 

Folly Beach 

Fourth of July Fireworks on Folly Beach 
The “Edge of America” is illuminated by fireworks set off on the west end of the island. Hit the beach with family and friends to soak it all in. Folly Beach County Park, 1100 W, Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. Free. (843)762-9960, 

Isle of Palms 

Isle of Palms July 4th Fireworks
Take to the sand on IOP to watch fireworks light up the sky. The show kicks off at nightfall, and admirers are advised to bring beach chairs and blankets to kick back and enjoy. Front Beach, 1300 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Wednesday, fireworks start at dark. Free. (843)886-8294,

John’s Island

4th of July Charleston Harbor Cruise
Revel in the festivities aboard one of Adventure Harbor Tours’ vessels. This special cruise offers a front-row seat to the fireworks as the boat makes a loop around the harbor. The voyage is BYOB, so grab a cooler, a picnic, and some friends to enjoy the glittering open-water views. St. Johns Yacht Harbor, 2408 Maybank Hwy., John’s Island. Wednesday, 7:30-10 p.m. Prices vary. (843)442-9455,

Mount Pleasant 

4th of July Fireworks Blast
View an epic fireworks show from one of the city’s prime perches—the flight deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown. One of the most popular parties in town, The Fourth of July Fireworks Blast at Patriots Point features live music, complimentary drinks with VIP tickets, and a bounty of all-American bites. The festivities also include a landside celebration—free and open to the public—where kids’ activities and additional live performances begin at 4 p.m. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, flight deck opens 6 p.m.; landside celebration, 4 p.m. $110 VIP; $40; free for landside celebration. (843)884-2727,

Firecracker 4 Miler
Start the holiday on the right foot! Held at Laurel Hill County Park, the sixth annual Firecracker 4 Miler invites participants to get moving. The four-mile route cuts through the park’s shaded scenery, and live music, hotdogs, and cold drinks await participants at the finish line. Laurel Hill County Park, 1400 SC-41, Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. $35-$30. (863)279-3232,

Firecracker 5K Benefitting I Got Legs
Kick off the festivities with a 5K race through Mount Pleasant’s I’On neighborhood. All are invited to join the run, benefitting local charity I Got Legs, which strives to aid amputees and disabled individuals in the community by supporting mobility technology. Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers. I’On Club, 252 Ponsbury Rd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. $15-$30.

Uncle Sam Jam
Join Uncle Sam at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge for a party fit for all ages. Jutting 1,250 feet into the Charleston Harbor, the Mount Pleasant Pier hosts a celebration perfectly positioned to take in the fireworks and featuring live entertainment all night from popular cover band Ellen Drive. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 7 p.m. $10-$8. (843)795-4386,

North Charleston 

4th of July Festival
North Charleston’s Riverfront Park hosts the Lowcountry’s largest fireworks show. In addition to the epic night-sky display, the evening features an exciting lineup of bands and performers, from Mary Wilson of the Supremes to Carolina natives Blue Dogs and Marshall Tucker Band. Attendees can also expect food trucks, craft vendors, and a slew of activities for kids. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Wednesday, 3-9:45 p.m. Free. (843)308-4746,  

Sullivan’s Island

Annual Independence Day Celebration in the Park 
Take part in Sullivan’s Island’s festive celebration featuring live music and a grand fireworks finale. Local bands play everything from classic rock to beach tunes that’ll get you groovin’. Don’t forget a blanket or chair to claim a spot on the sand at this popular annual event. J. Marshall Stith Park, 2056 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Free.

Independence Day Parade 
Rise and shine! This morning parade celebrating the Fourth is a Sullivan’s Island tradition. Residents and day-trippers don their best red, white, and blue getups and deck out golf carts and bikes for a procession down Middle Street. Afterward, participants are invited to keep the party going with refreshments and prizes at Fish Fry Shack. Parade starts at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, 2015 Ion Ave., Sullivan’s Island. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Free. (843)367-0767,