How to Celebrate the Fourth of July Charleston Style

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. That means now is the perfect time to start planning how you want to celebrate this patriotic holiday with your family and friends.

Haven’t given it much thought? No worries!

From fireworks to festivals, Charleston has plenty of activities to choose from. And we at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction are here to offer a few ideas we think you will enjoy!

Check out our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth of July as we honor the men and women who have served our country.

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Stars and Stripes Event

Looking for a fun, festive, and fishy was to celebrate the Fourth of July? If your answer is “Yes!”, then we suggest grabbing a ticket for the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Stars and Stripes Independence Day celebration.

The celebration starts at 7:00 p.m. on July 4 and ends after the fireworks show.

Tickets include:

  • Aquarium experience including hands-on encounters.
  • American food favorites.
  • Local and domestic beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Spectacular view of fireworks courtesy of Patriots Point.
  • Wonderful memories with family and friends.

Grab a ticket before they sell out!

Uncle Sam Jam

If you enjoy dance parties and spectacular ocean views, the Uncle Sam Jam is an event you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy the cool harbor breeze while dancing to live beach music at the Mount Pleasant Pier as you wait for the fireworks to begin over the Charleston Harbor. It’s a perfect way to wrap up a fun-filled Fourth of July celebration!


  • Beverages will be available for purchase inside the event.
  • Treats and snacks will be available at the Riverwatch Cafe.
  • Gates open at 7:00 p.m., and music starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.
  • Admission purchased in advance is $8. Admission will be $10 on-site, if space is available.

Grab a ticket for this event now! 

4th of July Festival

North Charleston is hosting their annual July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on July 4 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m.

This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.

This event is free to the public, so be sure to mark it on your calendar! If you decide to go, be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair with you to sit and watch the fireworks.

Click here for directions and additional information

Folly Beach Fireworks

Folly Beach, located only 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, is the perfect place to watch fireworks this Fourth of July.

Because it’s located so close to downtown, you’ll have plenty of time to grab dinner with your friends and family or peruse the shops before settling down with a blanket or lawn chair on the beach to watch the fireworks show.

It’s doesn’t get much better than watching a dazzling fireworks display over the sparkling ocean water.

Get directions to Folly Beach here.

Patriots Point Fireworks

Looking for a unique location to watch fireworks this Fourth of July? You’re in luck! Catch one of the most amazing fireworks displays this holiday at the flight deck of the historic USS Yorktown, the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Tickets are $30 and include access to the ship starting at 6:00 p.m. There will also be food and drinks for purchase and live music throughout the evening.

You can also purchase a $75 VIP ticket, and receive complimentary drinks from a full-service bar and access to a special area at the bow of the ship. It’s a very neat experience!

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to watch fireworks, you can see them for free on the grounds of the Patriots Point Museum.

Find out more here. 

Charleston Area July 4th Celebrations

CHarleston Events Fourth of JulyIndependence Day is one of our favorite holidays, and here are a few ideas to celebrate with your family.

Celebrate at The Sanctuary!

The Sanctuary is a perfect place to spend your 4th of July, with three events going on. The ice cream social runs Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. You’ll create your own ice cream sundae with your choice of toppings. A small sundae is $9 and a large is $11.

On the fourth, the Young Adults Buffet takes place on Jasmine Porch from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Loggerhead Grill will have an all-day party with live music, clowns, and hair braiding. Terrace Lawn will feature children’s activities, food, drinks, and the All American Band.

The Independence Day Fireworks will start at 9:40 p.m. For more information, visit

8th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration

The Circa 1886 restaurant offers a Charleston 4th of July celebration with a Southern picnic and drinks. You’ll listen to a live jazz soloist before you watch fireworks at the Wentworth Mansion. The price is $70 per person, which includes champagne. Visit the Circa 1886 website for more details.

Fourth of July Celebration at the South Carolina Aquarium

Join us on the Riverside Terrace of the Aquarium at 7 p.m. for a fun evening to include barbecue from Smoky Oak Taproom, beer from Holy City Brewing, a movie, music, and fireworks. Tickets are $55 for adult and $30 for children over the age of two.  If you’re an Aquarium member, take $5 off the price. Be sure to BYOC (bring your own chair).

July 4th Cross-Country Run

For the sports minded, the fourth of July means a cross-country run on the dirt trails at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. Early registration runs through June 27 and is $20 with a shirt and $15 without. Late registration is $25 with shirt and $20 without. Awards are given to the top three finishers by gender and age group.

Other celebrations include the Patriots Point 4th of July Blast, Uncle Sam Jam at Mount Pleasant Pier, and the July 4th Craft Brews Cruise on the Carolina Queen.