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What To Do In Charleston For July 4th 2016

It's that time of year again to celebrate the birth of American Independence with a bang and there are plenty of ways to get your party on in Charleston.  From parades to fireworks we have you covered on the best places to hang out with friends and family and enjoy the festivities.

NOTICE: Folly Beach Public Safety issued an announcement via their facebook page stating that there will be no fireworks display this year on Folly for 4th of July. This is due in part to the exceptionally high tides which will make it impossible to stay within state regulations regarding space requirements.


Moncks Corner:

The Moncks Corner Regional Recreational Complex will host a 4th of kick off on Saturday July 2 starting at 4pm with a parade down Main Street, followed by a festival inside the Regional Recreation Complex. The festival will feature food trucks, vendors, and activities for children. Live music will begin at 7pm and last until 9:30pm. Fireworks will immediately follow the Street Dance. Come help us celebrate Independence Day!


Monday July 4 the Town of Summerville and Summerville Dream have combined forces to present Summerville’s Red, White and Blue on the Green at Gahagan Park from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. This FREE family friendly event include a Kid’s Zone with free games and prizes, a Carolina Ale House- Summerville Beer Garden with wine and 5 different beers available for purchase, Triple Dog Dare playing all of your favorites from the 80's, 90's and today, and food vendors serving up all of your favorite treats in the food court (visit for a full list of Food Vendors with pricing)

Goose Creek:

On Sunday July 3 from 7pm-2am El Guacamole Bar and Grille of Goose Creek will be the home of Zombie Independence, Charleston’s largest zombie rave ever! From the people that brought you Total Mayhem and Valentine’s Day Bassacre comes a night of gore and craziness. Airo, Tye Dye, Socar, and DJOKER will be kicking things off. Headliners DOMII AND YUKI will be going B2B for all of you to rage the night away surrounded by state of the art lighting and pro fog machines, L.E.D glow sticks, confetti launchers and many more surprises TBA. Also you'll get the chance to win 200 dollars to the best zombie costume of the night. ONLINE TICKETS/ PRESALE $10; GENERAL ADMISSION $15. Upgrade to VIP to get a signed tshirt, free drink, and skip the line/VIP pass.

James Island:

Sunday July 2 Brickhouse Kitchen and Charleston Affair are throwing down from 5:30-10:30pm with the All American Independence Day party to benefit Lowcountry Local First. Great live music from Return of the Mac, The Tidal Jive Band and the Club bullies! Celebrate America under the gorgeous oak trees with delicious BBQ, great activities including cornhole and a photobooth, and, of course, Fireworks!! Your $35 ticket includes All You Can Eat barbeque, live music, and all activities.

North Charleston:

Monday July 4 Riverfront Park and the city of North Charleston present the 1st Annual 4th of July Party at Riverfront Park. Live music on the water starting at 4pm with performances by Jump Castle Riot, On The Border, Funk Factory Five, and Palmetto Percussion. The Charlestones end the night performing with fireworks.

Mount Pleasant:

Monday July 4 The USS Yorktown presents 4th of July Fireworks Blast! Celebrate the Fourth of July on board one of the most historic warships in the United States, the USS YORKTOWN on the Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point. To watch the fireworks blast and enjoy live music from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, a ticket must be purchased at one of the two levels outlined below. Optionally, other than the cost of parking, there is NO CHARGE for guests who wish to watch the fireworks from the grassy area next to the marsh onshore. Patriots Point will also provide live music and children’s entertainment option for this area starting at 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and coolers and chairs are welcome. For those who wish to enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks Blast from the unique venue of the flight deck of the USS Yorktown a ticket must be purchased for ALL ages, except for infants who will be held in their parent’s arms. VIP SEATING TICKET is $110 per person and includes complimentary drinks from two full-service bars, barbecue meal served by TOP SHELF Catering, access to a special area of the ship closest to the fireworks display, tables and chairs provided, and live music from the East Coast Party Band. On July 4th, parking will cost $10 for all visitors throughout the day.

Monday July 4 the CCPRC presents the Uncle Sam Jam. Enjoy the cool harbor breeze and dance to live beach music from Permanent Vacation at the perfect venue for celebrating our independence - the Mount Pleasant Pier! At the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, stretching 1250 feet out into Charleston Harbor, the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier will also be a great spot to watch the area’s best fireworks displays! Join in on the party at the end of this scenic pier, and groove to live beach and party music. Sponsored by Bud Light and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.Beverages will be available for purchase inside the event. Treats and snacks will be available at the Riverwatch Cafe. Gates open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.  Advanced Admission is available for $10/$8 CCR. Admission will be $10 on-site, if space is available. Register online or call 843-795-4386. Online registration ends at midnight on the day before the event. On the day of the event, admission can be purchased by calling 843-795-4386 by 2 p.m. or at the event gate if available. Only 800 spaces are available.The front section of the pier will still be open to regular visitors for fireworks viewing for no admission fee.


Holy City Entertainment along with Heineken, Brightsound Entertainment, YotMe, The Peper Law Firm PA, and Knights of Columbus presents “Salute Charleston”, a jam packed patriotic party this Friday July 1. The ticketed event is from 7-10pm, and 21+ only. Proper ID required. Your ticket purchase entails all-inclusive beer, wine, and bbq catering as well as 2 levels of live music. (RSVP on YotMe to get a $10 OFF promo code!). Performances to include The Midnight City Band, Psarkbox, KilGo, Seth G, and Clark on the Sax. There will also be a raffle for FREE bottle service table at Club Trio. Your wristband gives you all access to the exclusive official afterparties at Mynt and Trio. Tickets may be purchased at and the event will be held at 143 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston. PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS WILL INCREASE IN PRICE CLOSER TO THE EVENT.

Friday July 1 Mynt presents the official after party of Salute Charleston: First Friday Independence Edition. Enjoy the musical stylings of Strawberry Squad: KilGo, Seth G, and Clark on the Sax; as well as Shot Ski specials and giveaways by Serpent’s Bite. Free to anyone with a “Salute Charleston” wristband. Otherwise, $10 cover for guys, $5 cover for girls. Contact Mynt for bottle service via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ONLY 1 TABLE LEFT! RSVP for this event via the YotMe app.

Friday July 1 Club Trio presents the exclusive after party of Salute Charleston: Free to anyone with a “Salute Charleston” wristband. Otherwise must have a Trio members only key. Join the event on the YotMe app & be entered to win a FREE bottle service table!

Saturday July 2 the historic Gage Hall presents 2 performance of “come Fly with Me” a patriotic musical review. Fly back in time as showbiz sisters Gracie & Lacy showcase the music, dance, stories, and fashion that brought America through the war years. Don't miss this star-spangled performance honoring our heroes! Performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets available for purchase by visiting or by calling 800-838-3006.

Saturday July 2 Music Farm brings the patriotic noise with Trap America, The Holy City’s Most “Lit” 4th of July Kickoff party presented by Humble + Arrogant. Tickets include live DJ sets from WARBOYZ, BLACK DAVE, MIMR, DJ NOR_WAY, CMOR, with special guest performances, live go go dancers, light show, CO2 tanks, and party favors and exclusive merch giveaways galore. Upgrade to VIP ticket for an exclusive Trap America shirt, VIP balcony access with private security, and free drinks. Show starts at 8 so don’t be late. Tickets can be purchased  PLEASE NOTE: TRAP AMERICA TICKETS WILL INCREASE IN PRICE CLOSER TO THE EVENT.

Sunday July 3rd Strawberry Squad and Nectar Sunglasses Presents: Tropical Freedom starting at 4PM at Republic Garden & Lounge. Live Music All Day with drinks specials galore, and a full menu offering. On the outdoor patio from 4-11pm you will find KilGo, Seth G, Clark on the Sax, DJ Kevbo, Sparkbox, and DJ United. Inside in the lounge from 10pm-2am Jerry Feels Good will be raining down the goodness. Tropical Brunch

Sunday July 3 Midtown finishes the party starting at 1030pm with DJ JakeB and red, white, and blue trashcans, as well as other drink specials sure to make your mouth water.

Sunday July 3 YotMe proudly presents Rock the Yacht TOTALLY FREE. Boarding is at 9pm with a return time of around 1am. Your reservation includes tasty hors d'oeuvres & top shelf spirits, live music performances by Charleston's most talented acts, plenty of free giveaways, surprise guests & much more. PLEASE NOTE: Capacity is extremely limited aboard this vessel and cannot be exceeded. Admittance through YotMe app exclusively. Send join request with complete profile to be accepted. You MUST be confirmed on the app's digital guest list in order to attend; no exceptions.  HOW TO RSVP: 1) Get the mobile app, YotMe 2) Fill out a completed profile 3) Request to join the party (Once you’re selected for the guest list, we’ll send you the rest of the details. It’s that easy.) Finally, all those confirmed on the YotMe event listing will be notified (by the week of the event) which marina & gate number the yacht launch from and return to for this party. Request Patriotic Sailor/Red White & Nautical attire.

Monday July 4 Spiritline Cruises presents the 4th of July Dinner cruise. Celebrate Independence Day this year by enjoying an elegant 3 hour dinner cruise, aboard the Spirit of Carolina. There is something magical about cruising aboard a large boat, especially when the views are of one of the most enchanting historic cities in America. Then add Fourth of July Fireworks - you have the making an unforgettable evening. Experience the Charleston harbor at her finest while enjoying a grand 4 course dinner, cash bar, live entertainment, dancing and the most spectacle view of the fireworks from Patriots Point. This cruise will sell out fast, so book today to ensure you have a great view of America's 240th birthday! A few details about the event you need to know: Boarding at 6:30 pm at Aquarium Wharf (360 Concord Street) downtown Charleston; Cruising 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm (or slightly later to accommodate fireworks schedule); Rate is $88.00 per person inclusive with tax and gratuity (no discount for children); Cash bar; A limited number of private tables for two are available for an additional $30.00; No refund for cancellations after July 1st, 2016.

Monday July 4 the Spirit of the Lowcountry presents Picnic on the Water. Salute "Old Glory" on the Spirit of the Lowcountry. This fun-filled cruise is the perfect way for the entire family to celebrate the 4th of July. Enjoy a menu of summer-time favorites while dancing to rockin' patriot music, provided be the Charleston's favorite DJ, Ric Rush. Experience the Charleston harbor at her finest with the best seats in the city to view the spectacular fireworks. The oohs and aahs are free! This picnic cruise will sell out fast, so book today to ensure you have a great view of America's 239th birthday! Boarding will begin at 7:30 pm at Aquarium Wharf (360 Concord Street) downtown Charleston. Cruise will depart at 8:00 pm and the boat will return back to the dock at 10:30 pm. The adult rate is $72.00 inclusive with tax and gratuity. There is a cash bar. The child rate is $50.00 for children 11 years and under (children 3 and under are Free). Please note that no refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 1st, 2016.