How To Spend July 4th On Daniel Island And In Charleston

June 24, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself spending July 4th on Daniel Island this year, you’re in for a treat. Our community has a long-standing tradition of holding patriotic and old-fashioned Independence Day celebrations, and this year the festivities take place over three days.

The fun starts at 3 pm on Thursday, July 3 with a party at Etiwan Park where island neighbors and friends will gather to decorate their bikes, wagons, golf carts and other modes of transportation for the annual Independence Day Parade, which begins from Etiwan Park at 5 pm.

The parade concludes at Children’s Park for “Sundown on the Wando” – a free patriotic concert featuring the Charleston Community Band followed by a live musical performance by the Mighty Kicks. The evening concludes with a fireworks display over the Wando River.

On Friday, July 4th, head to Pierce Park for a Poolside Party and Picnic starting at 11 am. There will be food, music, games and more at this popular Independence Day celebration.


Later on, you can catch a glimpse of some of the Charleston area’s many fireworks displays in the distance from select vantage points on Daniel Island. For a closer view head out by car or by boat to one of the following July 4th fireworks displays in the Lowcountry:

  • The biggest display of fireworks in Charleston is traditionally over Charleston Harbor. Watch them from Waterfront Park or along the Battery in downtown Charleston, or book a dinner or cocktail cruise on one of the charter boats that cruises the Harbor for the best seats in the house.
  • Head to Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant for a shoreside party with live beach music and a great view of the Charleston Harbor display. You can also purchase tickets to access to the flight deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown and enjoy live music, food and beverages, activities for the kids and a front row seat to the fireworks display.
  • Folly Beach and the Isle of Palms will also have fireworks displays – pack a picnic and head to the beach! You’ll have a good seat pretty much anywhere along the beaches, but expect more crowds as you get closer to the actual display (from the pier at the Isle of Palms, from the County Park on Folly Beach).

If you still haven’t had enough holiday fun, you can head back to Pierce Park on Daniel Island on Saturday, July 5th at 8 pm for a “Dive-in Movie Night,” featuring a family movie and frozen treats available for purchase.

Head out, be safe and enjoy the July 4th festivities on Daniel Island and in Charleston this year!