Charleston says thanks to Mayor Joe Riley for a lifetime of service

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in the Lowcountry, Sunday’s Thanks Joe! event has been postponed. A makeup date will be announced as soon as possible. Stay with News 2 for updates.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charlestonians will have an opportunity to express their appreciation for Mayor Joe Riley’s 40 years of service at a special “Thanks, Joe!” extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 4.  The celebration begins with a FREE, fun, family gathering at Brittlebank Park from 3 – 7 p.m. Amidst festive arts and entertainment, there will be multiple opportunities for attendees to mingle with the Mayor, take selfies with him, sign the epic “The Book of Joe” memento, shake the Mayor’s hand and say “Thanks, Joe!”

The celebration continues into an unforgettable evening at Joe Riley Park, featuring music, surprises, fireworks and more.  Admission to the evening event will be $5. Tickets for the evening event are available through,, or at the Joe Riley Park box office.

Plans include the very best homegrown talent, as a wide variety of non-stop entertainment will be on offer at Brittlebank. Three stages will host music, comedy, theater and dance acts, while roving performers will engage attendees with close-up magic, juggling, stilt walking and balloon art. A bevy of tents will showcase local artists and traditional Lowcountry craftsmen. Organizations including the South Carolina Aquarium, American College of the Building Arts, local museums and many more will be on hand to create fun activities that reflect on all Mayor Riley has helped create in Charleston.

Guests can pack a picnic lunch or dine with one of myriad food trucks on site while local musicians and performance artists create energy and interest across every inch of the park. There will undoubtedly be plenty to see and do, including taking in views of the Ashley River from a 50-foot Ferris wheel.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring a favorite picture or story to place in “The Book of Joe” which is sure to be a treasured keepsake for the Mayor. Photos can be scanned or downloaded during the event, and there will be photo and video testimonial booths for sharing Joe stories.

“The Mayor is looking forward to relaxing in the park, enjoying local talent and sharing memories of the last four decades,” Thanks Joe! committee member Capers Barr said. “This singular event will allow all Charlestonians – and even those from beyond the city limits – a chance to express their thanks and wish the Mayor well.”

Following the Brittlebank celebration, the festivities will continue at Joe Riley Park. The night’s entertainment includes marching bands, musical performances and a video tribute. A large-scale fireworks display will conclude the evening. Further details will be released in the weeks ahead.

Thanks Joe!
Sunday, October 4
Brittlebank Park, 3 – 7 p.m. (FREE admission)
Joe Riley Park, 7 – 9 p.m. ($5 per person)
Tickets: Purchase tickets on line at, or at the Joe Riley Park box office.
Get Involved: Artists and performers who would like to participate in this privately funded event, as well as those who would like to donate or volunteer, are asked to contact Rebecca Gosnell at

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