Tuesday, July 1, 2014
There is plenty to do this Independence Day. Check out these local events, parking tips and traffic re-routes. Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!
Mount Pleasant Pier
This Fourth of July, Charleston County Parks invites the Lowcountry to celebrate at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Known as the Uncle Sam Jam, this annual event is the perfect spot to enjoy a fantastic Independence Day party.
Dance in the cool harbor breeze to live beach music by local favorite Permanent Vacation as they perform at the end of the pier Friday, July 4.
At the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, stretching 1,250 feet out into Charleston Harbor, the scenic Mount Pleasant Pier will be a great spot to watch the area's best fireworks displays.
Celebrate Independence Day as Permanent Vacation performs favorite beach and classic oldies tunes throughout the evening. Gates open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m.
Beverages will be available for purchase on site; made-to-order sandwiches, handspun milkshakes and snacks will also be on hand at the pier's Riverwatch Cafe and Gift Shop. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited. Food and beverage fees are not included in the ticket price.
Only 800 spaces will be sold for the Uncle Sam Jam, so reserve your spot soon. Admission is $10, or $8 in advance for residents of Charleston County. There will be no refunds issued or rain dates scheduled for this event. Admission will be $10 on site if available.
Harbor Breeze Restaurant and Omar Shrine Temple will be offering one of the best fireworks viewing parties around. Guests pay $5 and can avoid the holiday traffic and park in the lot of Omar Shrine Temple and Harbor Breeze located at 176 Patriots Point St. A BBQ foodtruck will be on site and there will also be hamburgers and hotdogs sold inside. Attendees may also purchase drinks from a full bar.
Tables will be set up inside and out and the parking fee grants all-day access. The fireworks display will begin around 9 p.m.
Excitement is building over this year's Fourth of July Fireworks Blast at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. In addition to spending the holiday amongst some of the nation's most historic warships, guests will also enjoy the most magnificent fireworks display in the Lowcountry.
Patriots Point is offering two different viewing areas: the flight deck of the USS Yorktown ($30 ticket required) and landside of the museum (free).
Parking is $10 per vehicle for everyone, even if you purchased tickets for the event. Parking is first-come, first-serve and the ticket is good all day. All ticket sales are final. The fireworks will go off rain or shine.
Patriots Point will accept only cash and will have several ATMs available throughout the property.
Guests may board the ship starting at 6 p.m. The last ticket to the museum will be sold at 4 p.m. The museum will close at 5 p.m. Everyone will be required to leave the ship at that time.
No coolers and outside food or beverages are not allowed on the ship or pier. Tables and chairs will only be provided to those who have purchased a $75 VIP ticket.
For the landside celebration, live music will kick off at 5 p.m. with kids' activities beginning at 4 p.m. The music on the flight deck will begin at 6 p.m.
Admission costs will only be waived for infants carried in their parents' arms.
The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Cooper River. Patriots Point has taken extra measures to ensure the barge is located in an area that will provide the highest visibility for guests. In addition, signs will be placed on landside areas where viewing may be limited.
No pets, except for service animals, are permitted at Patriots Point for the Fourth of July Blast.
The sun is expected to set around 8:32 p.m. The fireworks will begin once it is dark, which is normally by 9-9:15 p.m.
July 4th flight deck ticket holders will be allowed to tour the Yorktown from 6-8 p.m. Access to the other ships will not be allowed at that time.
There will be several beverage options like soft drinks, bottled water, lemonade, beer and wine, as well as a wide selection of food.
Isle of Palms
Individual fireworks are prohibited on the Isle of Palms. The city annually hosts a great Fourth of July fireworks display located over the ocean near 14th Avenue. So bring out your beach chairs and blankets to celebrate America's independence. The show begins between 9 and 9:15 p.m.
According to Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham, there will be a lot traffic. “Please exercise patience,” she said.
Depending on weather and wind, the city expects the show to begin after dark. Patience in traffic will be very important, and drivers should expect delays both coming and going.
The fireworks show will be in the Front Beach area but will be visible on the entire island. Parents should know what children are wearing to provide an accurate description in case they get separated. Everyone should expect a very busy weekend.
Alcohol is not allowed on the beach. Police officers will be present on the beach for enforcement.
Parking will be at a premium. The commercial district in Front Beach offers the closest proximity to the fireworks show and the only public restroom. Paid parking is available in the county park, at the metered spaces on Ocean Boulevard between 10th and 14th Avenues, and in the two municipal parking lots on Pavilion Drive. Those choosing to park in other areas should pay careful attention to signs.
No individual fireworks are allowed on the Isle of Palms and no fires are allowed on the beach.
There will be a community bike/golf cart parade beginning at 9 a.m. Gather at the fire station at 8:30 a.m. for the start of the parade which will finish at Fish Fry Shack on Hennessy Street. Traffic will be able to flow down the streets during this short celebratory parade.
That night there will be fireworks and music at Stith Park, located at 2050 Middle St., at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk, bring a blanket or lawn chair.
The town, for pedestrian safety reasons, will alter traffic flow and parking in the Community Commercial District and Stith Park area on July 4, beginning on or around 5 p.m. Please obey posted signs and traffic control officers on event day.
The annual Independence Day celebration in Stith Park will include music and a fireworks show. Music and activities will begin around 5 p.m. and fireworks are at dark.
Portions of Middle Street (between Station 22½ and 20) will be closed by 5 p.m. for safety considerations for this event. Motorists should obey all signs and patrol officers regarding traffic and parking.
The town wishes everyone a fun Independence Day weekend, full of good memories of visiting the island. They strongly remind everyone to use extra caution when swimming in the waters, avoiding sand bars and using the buddy system in the water if at all possible (swim at your own risk). This family-friendly island does not allow alcohol consumption on the beach or sidewalks, and fireworks are strictly prohibited.