Now that the worry over Hurricane Arthur has passed, it’s time to prepare for July 4th celebrations! Charleston is such a wonderful place to experience the Fourth of July. Whether it’s spending the day playing Bocce Ball on the beach, or taking part in one of the many festivals, there’s plenty of options. And we can’t forget the fireworks, which you can enjoy from any of the beaches and parks. There are tons of fun activities happening all over the Lowcountry. Here are some great (and some free!) things going on, and the best places to catch the fantastic fireworks.

Yorktown Charleston

Fireworks over the Yorktown

Parking lot BBQ at Butcher and Bee with a smoked pig and sweet tea

Charleston Riverdogs games

Red, White, and Blue parties at Mad River Friday and Saturday

Spend the day on Kiawah for the Independence Day Festival

Uncle Sam Jam at the Mt. Pleasant Pier

Outdoor games and refreshments at Southern Season

Folly Beach is the place to be with live music all day at Blu Restaurant and Bar, Loggerheads Beach Grill, and Planet Follywood


Landside at Patriots Point

Change it up and go on a 4th of July Fireworks kayak tour offered by Charleston Outdoor Adventures. You will launch from the Folly Creek and paddle out for a fantastic view of both the Folly Beach and Kiawah Island firework displays. What better way to watch the fireworks that right from the water?

Craft Brews Cruise with craft beer, live music, and good food

Great spots to watch are at any of the beaches, and most places will have live music and food available, including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, the Windjammer at Isle of Palms, and downtown at Waterfront Park

And the holiday weekend doesn’t stop Friday. Head downtown for the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square on Saturday, and a farewell brunch on Sunday!