Why You Need to Go to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

There are certain traditions that we all look forward to during the holiday season, and attending the James Island County Park Festival of Lights is one of them. Even though our winter weather is usually mild in the Lowcountry, you’ll feel the holiday spirit in the air when you attend an event like this. Millions of twinkling lights create displays for you to walk and drive through– it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season. Keep reading for all the details on the annual Holiday Festival of Lights!

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What Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

Christmas lights have always been a tradition around the holiday season, but you probably haven’t seen them like this before. Every winter, the James Island County Park transforms into a winter wonderland. Start with the three-mile ride through the light displays, then head to the walking portion for even more lights and festivities. In all, you’ll see more than two million twinkling lights on these displays, and they captivate visitors of all ages! 

It’s More Than Lights

After you’ve enjoyed the driving portion of the festival, it’s time to park and walk around. Warm up in front of one of the fire pits, and make sure you purchase a stick with marshmallows so you can roast them! Then, get a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm as you explore the rest of the festival. You can shop at Santa’s Attic, see local art, ride the festival train, and even tell Santa your wish list. Check out all the things you can do at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland!

When Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

The festival starts on Friday, November 12 and ends on Friday, December 31. It’s open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The lights are on rain or shine, but we recommend checking the weather so you can also enjoy the walking portion!

Admission

Admission to the festival is charged per car and depends on the night. Be sure to check their website to know if you plan on attending a “regular night” or a “peak night.” Tickets for larger vehicles carrying more than 15 people cannot be bought in advance. The pricing is as follows:

  • Standard vehicles with 1 to 15 guests: $15 in advance or $20 at the gate on “regular nights,” and $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on “peak nights.”
  • Larger vehicles with 16 to 30 guests: $50 at the gate.
  • Larger vehicles with more than 30 guests: $150 at the gate.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Well, as much as it can in South Carolina! Just because we have pleasant weather year-round doesn’t mean that we don’t have plenty of holiday spirit. The Folly Beach Christmas Parade is known for bringing holiday cheer to the island! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know before you attend the festive event.

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About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Every year, locals and visitors gather along the sides of Center Street for the Folly Beach Christmas Parade. Attendees get to see floats and colorful holiday displays pass by. This parade is family-friendly– children love getting candy and treats handed to them from the floats! If you can’t get enough of the fun from this traditional Christmas parade, you can also check out the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade!

*Editor’s Note: We recommend checking the event’s page for the most up-to-date COVID-19 precautions and procedures.

When Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The Folly Beach Christmas Parade takes place every year on the second Saturday in December. This year’s parade will take place Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Where Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The parade begins on Second Street and West Ashley Avenue before continuing down Center Street.

After the Parade

After the parade is over, make sure you head to Folly River Park to continue the festivities! Finish your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show. Local artisans and crafters offer a variety of handcrafted items for you to browse. It’s the perfect place to get a unique gift you won’t be able to find anywhere else! 

After you’ve done your shopping, warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow or two. Then, go meet Santa Claus and the mayor of Folly Beach! Mrs. Claus might even be there, too. 

Consider Heading to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

The festivities don’t stop at the Folly Beach Christmas Parade! There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the holidays, and one of the best is located on the island neighboring Folly Beach. The James Island County Park Festival of Lights is a must-see during the holiday season. Colorful, themed displays are created from millions of tiny lights. There’s a driving portion and walking portion, and both are magical! Then, you can walk through Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland to shop, eat, roast marshmallows, and meet Santa Claus. We recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and exploring!

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This Is Why You Need to Attend the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The holidays only come once a year, and the Lowcountry is ready for them! No matter which area you choose your Charleston Coast Vacations rental to be in, there will be countless festivities you can attend. One of them is the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade. It’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit, and it’s fun for all ages!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade’s name speaks for itself. It is just that– a holiday parade in Mount Pleasant filled with twinkling lights, local groups and organizations, and gorgeous floats. The entire family will love lining up to enjoy the Christmas activity! Take some hot chocolates with you or opt to get a little something from one of the restaurants lining the street to keep you warm, then sit back and relax as you get into the spirit of the holiday season. If you can’t get enough of the fun from this traditional Christmas parade, you can also check out the Folly Beach Christmas Parade!

*Editor’s Note: We recommend checking the event’s page for the most up-to-date COVID-19 precautions and procedures.

Where Is the Parade?

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade spans about 1.2 miles down Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. It starts at Live Oak Drive traveling south and ending at the intersection of WestColeman and Patriots Point Road. You may sit along the road or get a spot on the bleachers that have been set up for the parade! The road closes for the parade, so you’ll have more than enough room to set up along the side. 

When Is the Parade?

This year’s parade marks its 26th year and is scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2021. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:00 p.m., but you are welcome to show up early! All roads are closed at 5:00 p.m. to allow people to get ready for the fun.

How Long Does It Last?

The parade lasts for about two and a half hours. You’ll want to make sure you’re there a little early, so you can tailgate with the crowd and watch the fireworks that mark the start of the parade.

What Should I Bring?

Don’t worry about packing a ton for the parade, but make sure you are prepared. Here are our recommendations: 

  • Folding chairs – If you don’t want to be on the bleachers, folding chairs are a little more comfortable! You are able to set these up along the parade route.
  • Blankets and extra layers – As the sun starts to go down, it gets a little chilly. Take a blanket or two, a scarf, and maybe even some mittens depending on the weather.
  • Drinks and snacks – Tailgating the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is a tradition in our area! We recommend coming a little early, setting up, and getting to know your neighbors. Warm apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee will keep you toasty during the parade. Or, you are welcome to get food and drinks at any of the restaurants located on the parade route.

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Don’t Miss These 11 Events in Charleston, SC

Because of its mild weather year-round, the Lowcountry always has something going on! Between Downtown Charleston and the surrounding cities and towns, you’re bound to visit during a fun festival or attraction. We’ve rounded up all th best events in Charleston, SC that you won’t want to miss!

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11 Events in Charleston, SC You’ll Come Back For Every Year

1. Flip Flop Drop

You probably know about the ball drop in Time Square to mark the New Year. Well in true coastal fashion, Folly Beach drops a giant pair of lighted flip flops to celebrate the start of the year. For the Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop, the town shuts down Center Street and turns its main strip into a festival space. The giant flip flops are hoisted up at 9:30 p.m. and drop at midnight with a fireworks display following. During the time in between, there is a DJ, live music, and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Many of the bars and restaurants on Folly stay open later than usual, so you can continue with your celebrations.

2. Taste of Folly

Every year in January, Folly Beach turns into a foodie’s haven for Taste of Folly. The annual event is set up festival style with food vendors serving up some of the best food in the Lowcountry. There are tons of traditions that festival-goers look forward to every year. The chili cookoff and hotdog eating contest are fan favorites, and the kids will love the carnival games. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, then make yourself comfortable by the stage to listen to live music. This is definitely one of the most anticipated events in Charleston, SC!

3. Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Oyster season in South Carolina is six months long, so there are tons of oyster roasts and events across the state between the months of September and April. One of our favorites is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival hosted by Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. The seven hours event is full of oyster shucking, live music, contest, and more fresh seafood! The festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

4. Spoleto

For 17 days, the theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces of Downtown Charleston are brought to life with incredible performances for Spoleto Festival USA. The international event celebrates performing arts by both renowned and upcoming artists in dance, opera, theater, and music. The music selections include choral, symphonic, chamber, and jazz.

5. Charleston Riverdogs

The Charleston Riverdogs is a Minor League Baseball team based in the Lowcountry. Their season runs from April until September giving you plenty of time to enjoy a game during the spring and summer months. The games are fun for the whole family with drink special for the adults and a bouncy castle and face paint for the kids. The Riverdogs have made quite a name for themselves too after they became the 2021 Low-A East Champions!

6. 4th of July Dinner Cruise

There is so much fun to be had during the summer in Charleston including the 4th of July Dinner Cruise. Cruise around the Charleston Harbor on Independence Day abord the Spirit of Carolina. The entire event is three hours long and features a four course meal, cash bar, and expansive views of the fireworks from Patriots Point.

7. Party at the Point

Party at the Point is a Happy Hour concert series takes place Friday evenings during the summer. The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina hosts the family-friendly event on its beachfront. It’s a great time to enjoy Charleston’s beauty, some live music, and delicious eats and drinks!

8. Charleston Turkey Trot

The Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K, has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! The event is a 5K run on Thanksgiving Day through Downtown Charleston.
Because of its long history, this is easily one of the most beloved events in Charleston, SC. Run the race in the morning and don’t feel guilt when you eat you Thanksgiving feast!

9. Folly Beach Christmas Parade

The Folly Beach Christmas Parade is your classic small town Christmas parade but with some coastal flair. Every year, locals and visitors gather along the sides of Center Street to see floats and colorful holiday displays pass by. Your kids will love getting candy and treats handed to them from the floats!

10. Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is another classic parade but it takes place in the evening, typically 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It runs along Coleman Boulevard for a little over a mile. You’re sure to have a night filled with twinkling lights, waving local leaders, and gorgeous floats.

11. Charleston Reindeer Run

The Charleston Reindeer Run is a 5K race for the enitre family! The events features a Holiday costume contest with four categories: adult individual, child individual, group, and dog. The route takes you through historic Charleston, and even if you don’t want to run, the race is still a site to see!

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Yum! Here’s What You Need to Know About Charleston Restaurant Week

Vacations without great food can crash and burn quickly. You won’t have that problem here in the Lowcountry, especially during Charleston Restaurant Week. Our seaside city is home to some of the most incredible culinary showcases in the country! But don’t just take our word for it; taste for yourself. 

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About Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week gives you a fantastic excuse (not that you need one) to experience all the incredible places to eat in the Holy City. Participating restaurants usually offer a special lunch and dinner menu designed to give you a taste of their fare. Plus, these multi-course meals are always a great price. We recommend going with a group of friends or someone you know won’t mind sharing a little bit. That way, you can each get something different and try them all! 

Local tip: Don’t feel limited to only trying their multi-course menu. Most restaurants still offer their regular menu, and you can also order restaurant week items à la carte.  

Lunch Menus 

Restaurants participating in Charleston Restaurant Week lunch usually create a menu with two courses to choose from. You’ll receive an appetizer and an entree!  

Dinner Menus 

The restaurants in Charleston go all out for this special week. The dinner menu usually consists of three courses: an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Don’t worry– portions sizes are smaller so you can enjoy each course. If you’re too full, just take your dessert to go!  

When Is Charleston, SC, Restaurant Week?

There are two Restaurant Weeks here! One is in September, and the other is in January. The dates change every year, so make sure you check before making your plans. Plus, Restaurant Week lasts a little longer than a week. It’s typically about 10 days! 

Who Participates?

From the city to Folly Beach, the entire Charleston area participates in our Restaurant Week! Dozens of restaurants join in every year, and you can see exactly who is taking part on the website. As the week gets closer, the restaurants begin to release their menus. Take a peek and choose which ones you want to try out! 

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These Are the Ultimate 2021 PGA Championship Accommodations

Come May 2021, all eyes will be on Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course to witness the exclusive, highly anticipated 2021 PGA Championship. It’s no secret that golfers around the world dream about attending this event, so if you’re planning to attend, you’re among the lucky ones! Whether you’re traveling as a solo golf fanatic or with a large group of friends and family, there’s no better choice than Charleston Coast Vacations to host your stay during this inspiring event. Let us help you select the perfect accommodation for your time in Charleston! 

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DISCOVER THE BEST 2021 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ACCOMMODATIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

Although Kiawah boasts plenty of beautiful sights and relaxing atmospheres, you’ll find much more to see and enjoy on Charleston’s coast. Folly Beach and Isle of Palms boast the same unique Lowcountry feel with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and activities sprinkled into the mix! Don’t overlook these charming coastlines when searching for your 2021 PGA Championship accommodations. Here are our top picks below. 

Folly Beach 

If you’re traveling to Charleston to enjoy the PGA Championship, it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a vacation while you’re here! Folly Beach is packed with some of Charleston’s best attractions, shops, restaurants, and more. Between the charming seaside cabanas, casual atmosphere, Center Street attractions, white sand beaches, and more, you’ll never want to stay anywhere else in Charleston! Browse our Folly Beach rentals to find towering homes peppered along the shoreline with endless amenities and benefits. There’s no place you’ll be more pleased to return to after a long day of watching the world’s best golfers in their element. 

Isle of Palms 

Isle of Palms is another bit of Charleston paradise that you’ll want to experience for yourself. A worthy destination in its own right, the IOP coastline is lined with some of Charleston’s most stunning seaside homes with charming restaurants and sea shacks all around. Full of authentic beach town character, there’s no better place to host your family and friends for this wonderful occasion. Browse our Isle of Palms vacation rentals to book your PGA Championship accommodations today. 

2021 PGA Championship Accommodations with Charleston Coast Vacations 

After an action-packed day of strolling the flawless greens and witnessing some of the world’s most renowned golfers compete head-to-head, you’ll be thrilled to return to your own Charleston vacation rental for a comfortable night of rest and relaxation. Here at Charleston Coast Vacations, our rentals are designs specifically for your comfort. Plus, we think of everything, so you don’t have to. Our concierge service team is always ready to assist you and make your stay a breeze from start to finish. Allow us to make this a seamless stay for this important occasion. Book your stay in one of our luxurious seaside homes today to start planning.  

Here’s Why You Should Visit Charleston in February

It’s no secret that Charleston boasts a unique charm during any season with the rich history, incredible architecture reminiscent of the 1800s, and scrumptious eats. However, there can be advantages to traveling outside of peak season. Each summer, millions flock to the Lowcountry city in the hopes of getting a taste of all there is to offer. But winter offers its own experiences that are surely worthwhile. In addition to the obvious festivities that take place in celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are four reasons why everyone should plan a trip to Charleston in February.  

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4 Reasons to Explore Charleston in February 

Experience More, Pay Less 

Because February is outside of Charleston’s busiest season, visitors will find lower vacation villa rates that allow them to stay longer and pay less for the overall experience. That means indulging in more of what Charleston has to offer while only paying a fraction of what you might have to during the summer months. It’s truly a win, win! 

Fewer Crowds  

Traveling to Charleston in February is a great way to enjoy the same Charleston offerings while bypassing the high volume of travelers seen during peak season. There are undeniable advantages to enjoying the city without the hassle of crowded restaurants, long lines, and other tourists. We know you’ll appreciate the ease of making reservations at your favorite restaurants, finding a quiet spot on the beach for a picnic, and visiting your top bucket list items! You’ll be able to create the Charleston itinerary that you truly want without the limitations of other travelers in the area.  

Mild Temperatures 

The sweltering temperatures of Charleston summer often hinder travelers’ ability to fully enjoy their stay. The Holy City is one that appreciates the outdoors, and, with the city’s mild winter climate, you’ll find more comfortable temperatures to enjoy your stay. Even on colder days, there’s still plenty of wonderful activities to enjoy during your time here. 

Exciting Festivities 

There’s always something going on around the city! From live music and festivals in Marion Square to special events and festivities, February has a myriad of happenings to excite any traveler. February in Charleston boasts some of the locals’ favorite events of the year, including the Southeastern Wildlife Expo and Folly Beach’s Save the Light Half-Marathon. We know you won’t want to miss out!  

*Check the event websites for information regarding changes and regulations surrounding COVID-19. 

Charleston Coast Vacations Has Your Perfect Home Away from Home 

No matter when you visit Charleston, you can rest assured that Charleston Coast Vacations has a place for you that will truly feel like home. Our team is more than prepared to help you build the perfect vacation through Charleston in February to ensure that you can fully enjoy your vacation! Our carefully selected collection of villas decorate the Charleston coastline and offer only the best for our guests. Browse villas on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island to select the perfect home for you. Book your stay with us today! 

How to Enjoy the Most Festive Christmas in Charleston

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas in Charleston? We’re ready to help you! Here at Charleston Coast Vacations, your experience is our No. 1 priority. That’s why we love to offer local tips and recommendations about how to enjoy our incredible area to the fullest. Read on to learn about fun festivities and awe-inspiring activities that you can get involved in this holiday season.

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Charleston

Attend a Fun Event

Christmas in Charleston isn’t complete without attending our variety of unique, must-see events. It doesn’t matter if you’re here for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. There are festivities that people of all ages and interests can enjoy! Here are just some of the many possibilities:

Note: Please be aware that while the above events are still on for 2020, they might have limited hours or capacity as well as special rules that attendees must follow due to COVID-19. We recommend visiting the official websites for the most up-to-date information before your trip.

Go Holiday Shopping

The Christmas fun doesn’t stop there. If you visit Charleston, SC, for the holidays, then you need to spend some time exploring local shops. The Charleston City Market is one of the best places to find gifts for family and friends. (Make sure you treat yourself to something nice, too!) This historic market in Charleston has dozens of unique vendors and an open-air section where you can enjoy the cool weather as you browse.

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There’s one more essential aspect of the perfect Christmas in Charleston: a beautiful property in the area! Luckily, Charleston Coast Vacations has numerous options in Isle of PalmsFolly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Whether you’re looking for a quaint villa for you and your special someone or a spacious beach house for your family, we have what you need.

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Why You Need to Spend Thanksgiving in Charleston

Thanksgiving is the start of a wonderful holiday season on the Charleston Coast. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the coastal views are top-notch as always. Read on for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax for Thanksgiving in Charleston!

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Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Weather

The No. 1 benefit of visiting Charleston for Thanksgiving is the weather. Average daily temperatures are typically around 67 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of our pristine, scenic, family-friendly beaches without any distractions or crowds that summer attracts.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day in 2016 produced a high of 76 degrees with sunny skies. That sounds ideal for a holiday in November if you ask us or any of the travel-savvy snowbirds who visit Charleston to escape colder weather!

The Activities

The list of reasons to visit Charleston for Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without mentioning the activities you can enjoy. One of our favorites is to head to the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. You can go for a stroll, hunt for seashells, build sandcastles with the kids, or read your favorite book during an afternoon on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Food

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week! Part of what makes the Lowcountry lifestyle so special is how easy it is to enjoy good food with those you love. And, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to embrace this tradition! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table!

Charleston Coast Vacations’ Beautiful Properties

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Did you know that many of our Charleston vacation rentals feature fully equipped kitchens for cooking delicious Thanksgiving feasts? It’s true! All you need to do is pick up some tasty ingredients at one of the local grocery stores and whip up a mouthwatering meal in your home away from home. Then, you can gather around the dining room table with your family and enjoy quality time together as you all indulge.

Browse our list of properties today and book your favorite for Thanksgiving!

Here’s How to Have the Best Charleston Fourth of July

There’s something special about Independence Day. This holiday always evokes fond memories of picnicking beneath the sun, BBQs, cold drinks, and plenty of fireworks. Consider having a Charleston Fourth of July this year! Celebrate with a sparkler in your hand and your toes in the sand. It doesn’t get any better than that! 

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5 of the Best Ways to Celebrate a Charleston Fourth of July

1. Fireworks Blast at Patriots Point

One of the most popular spots to head to on the 4th of July is Patriots Point. Every year, countless people gather by the bridge to watch a fireworks show light up the night sky. You can either watch from the Yorktown Flight Deck or park and spread out a blanket at the point. Parking for the show costs $10, and USS Yorktown costs $125 per person for a VIP experience. Keep in mind that the Yorktown usually sells out well in advance, so purchase these tickets as far in advance as possible! 

2. Uncle Sam Jam

What do you get when you combine dancing, fireworks, and live music? The Uncle Sam Jam! Head to the Mount Pleasant Pier for an evening of fun. It only costs $8 per person to participate. This is also a great spot to watch the fireworks display. 

3. Fourth of July Water Taxi Cruise

Celebrate Independence Day out on the water! Round up the family and head to the Water Taxi. We recommend bringing a cooler with snacks and drinks along– you can bring alcoholic beverages if you would like, but don’t pack any glass! Tickets are just $30 for adults and $25 for children. The memories you will make are priceless! 

4. Riverfront Park 4th of July Festival

Catch the Lowcountry’s largest fireworks show at Riverfront Park this 4th of July! This free, family-friendly event has live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, and craft vendors. That will keep the entire family entertained for the day! Bring along some lawn chairs and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the celebration. 

5. Host Your Own Celebration 

Are you going to be in town with family and friends for a Charleston Fourth of July? Host your own celebration! Charleston Coast Vacations has a large variety of rentals, and many of them have private pools, large yards, and beach access. Imagine hosting the perfect poolside party with your family and friends. 

Book Your Charleston Fourth of July Today

Are you ready for a Charleston Fourth of July? Book your getaway with Charleston Coast Vacations! Wake up to stunning views in one of our vacation rentals. Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront condo or a home with plenty of space, we have what you’re looking for. Browse our homes and book today! Countless memories await.