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. 

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Here’s Why You Need to Attend the Volvo Car Open, Also Known as the Family Circle Cup

Tennis is such an intense sport! Did you know that there’s a 10,200-seat tennis center right here in Charleston? Located on Daniel Island, this gorgeous center has plenty of room for both visitors and locals to join together to watch a match. Every year, the stadium hosts the Volvo Car Open, previously known as the Family Circle Cup. 

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About the Family Circle Cup, Also Known as the Volvo Car Open

Hosted at the Volvo Car Stadium, the Family Circle Cup is now known as the Volvo Car Open. However, you’ll find it is still referred to by both names! Every year, the stands are full of locals and visitors that love the game of tennis. More than 90,000 people pack into the stadium during the week-long event. Fun fact: it is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America! 

When Is the Volvo Car Open?

The Volvo Car Open is hosted every April and lasts for a week. Check the match schedule for the exact dates and times when you’re planning your trip. You can attend every day or choose to get individual passes for the day of your choice! 

More Than Just Tennis

While tennis is the main event, there’s more to do than just watch a match! You’ll definitely want to shop around the Merchandise Tent between matches. If you’re hungry, there’s a variety of dining locations onsite. Make sure you save time to visit the sponsored booths throughout the tournament– there are prizes to win! There’s plenty to keep you busy throughout the entire week of the tournament. 

Getting Tickets

It’s easy to secure tickets to the Volvo Car Open! You can easily purchase tickets online. If you’re only interested in one day of the tournament, we recommend the Single Session Ticket. It will get you into the tournament for one day. If you’re hoping to spend the week or multiple days at the tournament, the Ticket Package is your best bet. 

Who Is Competing?

Because the Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America, some of the best names in tennis travel here to compete. Even Serena and Venus Williams have been here! Who is competing in this year’s tournament? Check out the players! 

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Experience the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

Do you consider yourself a food connoisseur or a wine aficionado? Don’t miss the opportunity to delight your senses at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This annual festival gives you a chance to mingle with culinary celebrities while trying some of the best food and drink in the world. Learn all about the best things to do while you’re in town for this event when you access our complimentary Destination Guide.

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About the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

Every year, locals and visitors alike look forward to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This four-day event brings some of the best chefs and mixologists in the world together to create the highlight of the spring. Attendees must purchase tickets to a variety of events including the famous Culinary Village. You’ll get a chance to meet celebrity chefs, taste incredible dishes, and see behind the scenes like never before.

The Culinary Village

The Culinary Village is the epitome of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Marion Square transforms into a “village” complete with “neighborhoods.” The Culinary Village is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Your ticket will get you into an all-inclusive, five-hour culinary experience. Enjoy tastings, chef demonstrations, live music, and more! The Culinary Village is certainly a must-see during the festival. Eat and drink your way through the square to find your new favorite beverage and indulge in decadent dish after dish.

The Events

Charleston is known for its incredible culinary scene, and everyone in town puts their best foot forward for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Events range from hands-on classes to signature dinners to unique excursions. Each of these events is located downtown, and many are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Attend a barbecue in black-tie attire, learn how to make the perfect cocktail, roll out your own pasta, and more!

The Chefs

Do you dream of meeting your favorite celebrity chef? They might be at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival! Guest chefs join our local Charleston chefs for a variety of events, and many of them will be at the Culinary Village.

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to purchase to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, but you need to make sure to get them well in advance. Special events are known to sell out within a day of being released, and the Culinary Village tickets sell out soon after. Tickets usually go on sale in October, but the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for their newsletter. That way, you’ll be informed as to when tickets go on sale!

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

Runners… on your mark, get set, go! Every year, the Cooper River Bridge Run brings countless locals and visitors together to race across the most famous bridge in town. Challenge yourself to beat last year’s time or get competitive with your fellow runners as you make your way over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cooper River Bridge Run. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run is fun for everyone! Whether you prefer running or walking, you can participate in the run of the year. The race itself is a 10K, but you are welcome to walk it. All you need to do is register! 

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run is easy. You can do it all online! Local tip: To get the best price, you’ll want to register as early as possible. For example, if you register from June 1 to July 31, you can race for just $40. After February 1, the price goes up to $60 per runner. 

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The Course

The Cooper River Bridge Run shuts down the entire road on the course between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. You’ll start the run on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, then run across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. From there, you’ll run through some of Charleston’s most popular streets: Meeting Street and King Street. You’ll end the race after six miles and head to Marion Square for the Finish Festival

The Starting Line

Runners should park downtown and hop on one of the bus shuttles in the morning to be brought to the starting line on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. That way, your transportation will be downtown when you finish! You must wear your racing bib to be allowed on the shuttle. Once you get there, you’ll line up based on the color code on your bib. Racers are lined up based on their estimated finishing times. 

The Finish Festival

Celebrate your completion of the race at the Finish Festival! Marion Square will be packed with racers and their loved ones enjoying entertainment, vendors, food, and refreshments. It’s the perfect end to your race day. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SEWE

Do you love wildlife and nature? You have to attend the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition this year! For three days, you can celebrate wildlife and nature through events, socials, fine art, and tons of exhibits. Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages look forward to this special festival all year. You won’t want to miss it! Learn about all the other things to do and see on the Charleston Coast when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, is three days full of incredible events that honor and celebrate the wildlife and nature of our area. We love this festival because it is not only entertaining, it’s educational, too! Have fun while learning about the need to protect our natural environment. 

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to get– you can purchase them all online. If you’re looking to go to the main educational events, you’ll just need a general admission ticket. You can purchase a three-day pass or opt to choose which days you would like to attend the festival. Local tip: Kids under 10 don’t need a ticket to lectures, shows, and demonstrations– they’re free! Adults will need a general admission ticket to attend. 

Educational Events and Exhibits 

Learn something new during your vacation when you attend some of the events at SEWE. From a sheep herding demo to learning how to throw a cast net, you’ll get a true taste of the nature and wildlife in our area. Many of these events show how important all of this is to our fragile ecosystem and the steps we are taking for their conservation. 

There are hundreds of exhibitors that participate in SEWE every year! Check out the full list of exhibitors to see who will be there. 

Special Events

SEWE isn’t just about education– there’s plenty of entertainment, too! Everyone looks forward to the annual oyster roast, and there are plenty of other social events to attend. Find some unique art at the auction, or take your sweetheart on a date to one of the cocktail parties. Check out the events schedule and get your tickets! 

Be a VIP

If you’re coming with a group and want to attend all that the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has to offer, VIP might be the perfect option for you. There are multiple VIP packages to choose from, and packages range from two to 10 badges. Arrive in style with the VIP shuttle, and make use of the VIP Lounge! 

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Foodies, This Is Why You Need to Go to Taste of Folly

The Charleston area is known for its incredible cuisine. Thousands of food connoisseurs visit our area each year to experience our local restaurants. If you consider yourself a foodie, make sure you’re in town for the Taste of Folly. This food-centered event showcases the beach town with an emphasis on food. Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide. Inside, you’ll find even more restaurants to check out!

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About Taste of Folly

We can’t wait for Taste of Folly to come to town every year! Not only does this annual event exhibit all the food this beach town is known for, it also showcases other local businesses. You’ll truly get a taste of Folly! Walk around to the vendors, have a few bites from Folly-based food vendors, do a little shopping, and relax in front of the live bands. 

When Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly takes place every year at the end of January. For the exact dates, you can check Folly Beach’s events page!

Where Is Taste of Folly?

Taste of Folly is right in the center of all the action on Folly Beach. Center Street is shut down and transformed into this awesome event. There are tons of businesses along Center Street you’re welcome to explore, and other vendors and artists set up along the main drag. 

How to Get Tickets

You can purchase tickets to Taste of Folly in advance or at the door. Part of the ticket price goes toward a cocktail competition– you get to taste samples and vote on the best cocktail! 

The Entertainment

You’ll never be bored at Taste of Folly! 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.

Is It Family-Friendly?

If you’re wondering if the Taste of Folly is family-friendly, you’re in luck! It is! Locals and visitors of all ages love Taste of Folly– there’s truly something for everyone. There are even fun activities that have been designed to keep your little ones busy. Plus, everyone loves food! 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

If there’s one thing we love here in the Lowcountry, it’s oysters! September through April are “oyster months,” and they’re full of events that celebrate this delicious treat. One of our favorites is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival! Every year, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens puts on the oyster event of the season. You won’t want to miss it! Start planning your Charleston getaway today when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival consists of seven hours of oyster-filled fun. As the biggest oyster festival in the world, you can expect plenty of activities. Watch live music, participate in contests, and, of course, eat some oysters. See for yourself why it was named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society!

The Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy throughout the day! Grab a drink and relax as you watch live music– there are always a few great local bands that play. Then, make sure you’re around for the oyster shucking and eating contest! You’ll be amazed by how many oysters the participants can eat. You can even sign up to participate. It’s always a highlight of the festival! 

Food

There’s more than just oysters at the festival! Yes, you can eat your fair share of this delicious seafood, but there are plenty of other options. The “food court” is made up of local restaurants cooking up some of their best dishes. Not only do you get to eat delicious cuisine, but you also get to learn about our restaurant scene, too!

Drinks 

For some, drinking and oysters go together like peanut butter and jelly. Enjoy wine and a selection of domestic and imported beers. 

Where Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The festival takes place at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. This particular plantation is known for the crazy events they hold throughout the year! Here are directions to the festival. 

When Is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is always at the end of January and usually takes place on the last weekend of the month. Check their website for the most accurate date.

Getting Tickets

We recommend purchasing tickets for this event in advance since it is very popular– plus, you get a better deal. You can easily get tickets online! If you love oysters, you can get a VIP ticket. VIPs have their own tent with unlimited oysters, food, and beverages. 

It’s for a Good Cause!

Did you know that the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is also a charity fundraiser? The festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Reindeer Run

Located along the coast of South Carolina, Charleston is one of the hottest travel destinations right now. With world-class cuisine, an exciting nightlife scene, gorgeous beaches and marshland, and many historic sites, this charming city has tons to offer. Thanks to the area’s mild climate, it’s the perfect place to visit all year long. The summer can be hot, but the winter offers respite while still staying relatively warm. Escape the cold this holiday season and visit Charleston! There are dozens of great holiday festivities for you to participate in including the annual Charleston Reindeer Run.

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The Race

The Charleston Reindeer Run always takes place at the beginning of December, right at the start of the holiday season. Intended for the entire family, this event includes a 5K run through the downtown area of Charleston. The run begins at 9 a.m. on the corner of Queen Street and East Bay. Runners follow a route through downtown passing iconic areas and gorgeous, traditional Charleston houses along the way. After the race, treat yourself to a refreshing drink in the Beer Garden or grab a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants. While the race itself is a thrilling way to spend the day, the most exciting part of the event is the costume contest. Throw on your best holiday getup and enter in one of the four categories: adult individual, child individual, group, and dog.

The Charities

This exciting and festive event is also a part of a greater cause. The Charleston Reindeer Run was started in 1998 and has since made a major impact on the community. The event has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for MUSC’s Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. The proceeds for the run are split between MUSC and the Charitable Society of Charleston, which donates large sums of money towards the hospital.

Other Great Holiday Events

When visiting Charleston for the holiday season, you’ll discover dozens of great things to do with the entire family. Don’t miss the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. This dazzling display of festive lights amazes visitors every year. At the event, you can also make a stop in Santa’s Village to roast marshmallows, snack on a sweet treat, and, of course, visit Santa Claus himself. Throughout the holiday season, you can also embark on a festive holiday carriage ride or visit the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the middle of Marion Square. If you’re bringing the entire family with you, be sure to plan on attending the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

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Why You Need to Attend the Flip Flop Drop on New Year’s Eve

You’ve probably heard about the annual Times Square Ball Drop. Did you know that Folly Beach, South Carolina, has its own version each year? Spend New Year’s Eve on the Charleston coast when you attend the Flip Flop Drop on Folly Beach. Make it a tradition and come back year after year! 

What Is the Flip Flop Drop?

Did you ever think you could count down to the new year as a giant pair of flip-flops slowly falls from the air? You can at the Flip Flop Drop! Every year, more than 1,000 locals and visitors gather together to watch the illuminated pair of flip flops ring in the new year. Then, have a night out on the town at the many bars and restaurants of Folly Beach

Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach’s Annual Flip Flop Drop

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9:30 p.m. – The Flip Flops Are Hoisted

Every year, the famous flip-flops make their debut around 9:30 p.m. Then, it’s time to have some fun before they drop! Center Street is closed to traffic, and there is a DJ, live music, and family-friendly activities to enjoy. 

Many of the restaurants on Folly Beach offer special menus, drinks, and pricing for this event. There is even live music at many of these venues! Go bar hopping or out to dinner, but make sure you’re ready before midnight. You’ll want to make your way to the flip-flops with plenty of time to see them drop. 

11:59 p.m. – The Flip Flops Start Dropping

There’s nothing like the energy in the air when the flip-flops start to drop! Just like the Times Square Ball Drop, the flip-flops start slowly dropping at 11:59. Count down to midnight as they make their way down! 

12:00 a.m. – Fireworks Show

Immediately following the drop, the sky illuminates with a fireworks show to celebrate. Stay and watch before deciding whether or not to end the night. 

Many of the bars and restaurants on Folly Beach stay open later than usual so you can continue with your celebrations. Keep in mind that after midnight is best enjoyed by adults only. 

Where Is the Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop?

The Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop is on Center Street in Folly Beach. The entire street gets shut down for this festival! 

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You Need to Ruffle Your Feathers at the Charleston Turkey Trot This Year

We all look forward to the holidays, and like everywhere else, the Charleston area has traditions rooted in the season. When Thanksgiving comes along, we all look forward to the Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Make this your own tradition when you stay with Charleston Coast Vacations! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Turkey Trot 

The Charleston Turkey Trot has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! Although it has changed a lot over the last century, the concept stays the same– a race on Thanksgiving day. Thousands of people have made this their own holiday tradition, and you can too! Plus, it’s a great way to burn off that turkey dinner. 

History of the Event

This holiday event was started all the way back in 1914, but it has changed and evolved over the years. What started as a footrace has evolved into a 3.1-mile run and walk– the Gobble Wobble. In 1978, the Charleston Turkey Trot was reinvented to the event we know and love today. Now, it’s one of the largest 5Ks in the nation!

The Course

The original Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble started in Charleston and ended in Summerville, but now, you’ll go in a loop downtown. The racecourse conveniently starts at Marion Square before heading south on Meeting Street past some of our favorite Charleston landmarks. Then, you’ll get to turn left onto South Battery to run past gorgeous historic homes. After, you’ll loop back onto our beloved King Street. 

After the Event

For some, the afterparty is the best part of the Charleston Turkey Trot. Congratulate yourself and mingle with friends, family, and other racers as you sip on free beer and visit the vendors. 

Time to Register! 

Registration is easy! If you’re a planner, you can register in advance online. Otherwise, you’re welcome to register in person at the registration tent on the day prior to the race or on the morning of the race. The tent is located on Marion Square– you can’t miss it! 

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