The Fourth of July (one of our favorite holidays here at Charleston Harbor Tours) in Charleston is one of the most exciting days of the year. The sky is lit in practically every direction with vibrant fireworks, the smell of mouth-watering barbecue is a constant, music and dancing is never too far away, and the Charleston community is in high spirits (not that it ever isn’t!).
So, if you’re visiting Charleston for this Fourth of July, here are 5 of the BEST ways to experience it:
1. Fireworks at the Aquarium’s Riverside Terrace: On the evening of the Fourth of July, The South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston harbor will be hosting an unforgettable Independence Day bash on their Riverside Terrace, overlooking the Cooper River. During this event, guests can enjoy delicious Lowcountry barbecue from Smoky Oak Taproom, locally brewed Holy City Brewing beer, music, a 4-D Theater movie showing, and a fantastic seat to fireworks over the harbor.
The South Carolina Aquarium Fourth of July event starts at 7pm and tickets include beer, beverages, and food. Tickets are $55 for adults and $30 for children (2 and under are free).
2. Uncle Sam Jam at Mount Pleasant Pier: A fantastic event for the entire family, the Uncle Sam Jam event at the Mount Pleasant Pier begins at 7pm and goes until the fireworks are completed! You’ll get front-row seats to the best fireworks show in Charleston, and have the opportunity to enjoy dancing to live beach music, tasty treats and beverages from the Riverwatch Café, and more!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the entrance.
3. Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island Fireworks on the Beach: If you’re looking for an event that won’t cost you a dime, swing by to the Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island beaches to watch the fireworks! Fireworks begin at dark so make sure you get there before sundown. And bring bug spray—it has been known to get buggy out there at night.
(SOLD OUT) 4. Craft Brews Cruise on the Carolina Queen: What is more American than refreshing beers, tasty food truck eats, downhome live blues music, and one of the most renowned harbors in American history? Nothing. Which is why the Sunset Craft Brews Cruise aboard The Carolina Queen is an absolute must for the evening of the Fourth.
On this two-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy a wide range of craft beer selections, beautiful views of the harbor, possible dolphin sightings, live music, and delicious eats prepared by Roti Rolls food truck.
5. Patriot’s Point Fourth of July Blast: Sit amongst fascinating aircrafts on the flight deck of the famous USS Yorktown to watch the best fireworks display in Charleston! The party starts at 6pm with catered food, beverages, and live musical performances, as well as kid activities, and of course, a front row seat to amazing fireworks! Tickets are $20 for adults ($10 for children).