Still looking for a place to celebrate our nation this Fourth of July? News 2 has you covered.Here’s a list of July 4th celebrations in the Charleston area.
- Isle of Palms. Fireworks on the Beach begin at 9:15 and are free and open to the public. Parking might be a hassle if you don’t show up early, so take advantage of the early arrival to enjoy the sun and ocean breeze.
- Patriot’s Point. What could be more patriotic than watching a fireworks display right on the famous aircraft carrier. Parking is $10 but one can then decide to either pay to get on the boat (an additional $30 but you get an unparalleled view) or stay on solid ground and see the sky behind the ship light up.
- Folly Beach. The beach is a popular spot so if you choose Folly, make sure to arrive well before the start time (from 8pm to 9pm). The beach is free and the earlier fireworks are good for families with small children.
- Summerville. D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) is hosting “Red, White and Blue on the Green from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Gahagan park. For $3 or $2 if you are military, you can play unlimited games, listen to music from Starling live, and enjoy food from a variety of vendors but the event itself is free. Events include a costume contest and non motorized parade. Capped off by a fireworks display.
- Moncks Corner – Friday July 4th kicks off with the parade at 7:00 pm followed by the Annual Street Dance held in the Depot parking lot 8-11pm
- Kiawah Island. From 11am to 8pm at Loggerhead bar and grill, there will be a “Day Celebrating America” event with food for all and sunshine fun (note that the pool is only for guests staying on Kiawah). At Night Heron park beginning at 8:30 pm and going to 11pm, a free fireworks show will be held.
- North Charleston. Starting at 3pm at Riverfront park, a celebration of the nation will begin. Admission is free but just remember to bring chairs or a blanket for viewing the fireworks after 9pm. The display lasts 30 minutes and there will be music played by the Charleston Pops.
- Sullivan’s Island. The celebrations last all evening at Sullivan’s Island, with dancing and music in Stith Park from 5pm to 9pm and then free fireworks at dusk.
- Goose Creek. The “Fabulous Fourth in the Creek” Festival is turning 25 this year and everyone is invited! The festival is free but, due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to come early or carpool. There will be no alcohol or tailgating allowed. The even kicks off at 6:30 pm behind City Hall.lots of food, fun, and fireworks!
- Hanahan. The evening is packed with fun starting at 7pm at the Berkeley Alternative school with a parade. From 8pm to 11pm, there will be street dancing at the Moncks Corner Train Depot and the night will be ended with a bright fireworks spectacular.
- Georgetown. Starting at 7pm, the Kaminski House Museum will showcase the Indigo Choral Society. You can picnic on the green and enjoy some free music. Fireworks will follow.
- July 4 – 6:35 p.m. RiverDogs host the Rome Braves at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Wells Fargo sponsors the Independence Day Celebration, which features the largest and most anticipated fireworks show of the season. This is also the only fireworks display that will take place in downtown Charleston on the Fourth of July. Gates open at 5pm for the contest. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com.
- Cane Bay. From 6pm to 10pm, there will be a climbing wall, inflatable water park, face painting, games & crafts, and professional fireworks display.
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Remember to exercise caution if you plan to shoot off fireworks on your own. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
-Fireworks Safety Tips-
The dry condition across South Carolina make fireworks a risk proposition, but personal injury occurs more frequently than fires from 4th of July Fireworks.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following fireworks safety tips:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.