Charleston played a prominent role in the American Revolution and joyfully celebrates its historic heritage in Independence Day celebrations across the city. Here is our pick of the best places to enjoy the nation’s birthday:

Best breezes

In Mount Pleasant, the Uncle Sam Jam will feature live music & fun at the Mount Pleasant Pier, hosted by Charleston County Parks. Feel the cool harbor breeze and dance to live beach music by local favorite Permanent Vacation. At the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, stretching 1250 feet out into Charleston Harbor, the Mount Pleasant Pier is also a great spot to watch the Harbor fireworks display. Gates open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m.

Biggest public party

Also East of the Cooper, Patriots Point and the Town of Mount Pleasant once again welcome the public to the annual Patriots Point 4th of July Blast. Guests can take advantage of discounted admission to Patriots Point. (Admission to just the fireworks event is free, but does not include admission to USS YORKTOWN or other exhibits.) Parking costs $5 per vehicle.

Most elegant

Bring your family and friends to celebrate America’s Independence on the scenic oceanfront Terrace Lawn at The Sanctuary to Celebrate the Red White and Blue. Indulge in fantastic festive food and classic drinks while enjoying our All American Band. Children will be able to participate in our fun filled activities that will be provided leading up to the fireworks held on the beach promptly at 9:40pm. Reservations required. 5:30pm – 9pm, The Sanctuary Terrace Lawn. Contact Leisure Services at 843-768-6253

Best beach party

Enjoy a beach dayat Folly Beach, the Edge of America, and fish on the historic Edwin S. Taylor fishing pier, and then stay on for the fireworks display at the Folly Beach Fourth of July Celebration. Restaurants and restrooms available.

Most family-friendly

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. Performing this year are local entertainers Quianna Parlor from American Idol, The Blue Dogs, and CoastRunner. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display at dark. Free of charge to the public. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain. The evening culminates with the state’s largest fireworks show.

Happy 236th birthday, America!

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