7 Places to Watch Fireworks on the 4th of July in Charleston

After all of the cancellations over the past year, it’s extra exciting that we get to go to 4th of July firework shows this year. Lucky for us in Charleston, a lot of these firework displays take place on the water, so you get beautiful scenery in addition to the beauty of the fireworks themselves.

Fireworks at Patriots Point in Charleston
Photo courtesy of Patriots Point

Patriot’s Point Fireworks Blast 2021

Where: Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum (40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant)

When: July 4, 6pm-10pm

Details: The party on Patriot’s Point kicks off at 6pm with live music and at least ten local food trucks on site. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring folding chairs and picnic blankets. The fireworks show will start at 9:15 from a barge in the harbor. The only difference between this year and past years is that no one will be able to watch the fireworks from the Yorktown due to staffing issues. Parking is first-come, first-served and will cost $20 per car. Wherever you sit, you’re guaranteed to have a great view of the harbor! 

Riverfront Park at sunset in North Charleston
Photo courtesy of Riverfront Park on Facebook

North Charleston’s Independence Day 

Where: Riverfront Park (1061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston)

When: July 4, 7-10pm

Details: Enjoy Charleston’s largest 4th of July Fireworks show on the banks of the Cooper River from 7-10pm. This event is free to attend and there is plenty of free parking onsite. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as there will be no seating provided. There will be music from DJ Natty Heavy to keep the party going and the fireworks will start when it gets dark. There will not be any food or drinks on site, so make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks if needed.


Rooftop view at the Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

4th of July at The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

Where: The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits (75 Wentworth St, Downtown Charleston)

When: July 4, 7pm-11pm

Details: The Watch is one of the taller rooftops in Charleston, making it an ideal location to watch the fireworks. Enjoy the 360 view of the Charleston skyline while enjoying a Lowcountry BBQ feast from Chef Daniel Nightengale. The server-attended buffet will feature fried chicken, pulled pork with all the fixings, deviled eggs, street corn, and scratch made carrot cake. Tickets are available for $75 per person and space is limited, so act quickly. 

Fireworks in the Charleston Harbor
Photo courtesy of the Restoration's website

4th of July Fireworks in the Charleston Harbor

Where: Charleston Harbor Marina Dock A (20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant)

When: July 4, 8:45PM

Details: Enjoy 4th of July fireworks from the middle of the Charleston Harbor! The Charleston water taxi will be leaving from Dock A at 8:45pm. Ticket prices are: $30 for adults, $25 for children ages 4-11, and children 3 & under are free. Tickets will go fast so email Amy Smith at asmith@charlestonharborresort.com to reserve your spot!

4th of July Fireworks in Charleston

4th of July on Kiawah

Where: Night Heron Park (Off of Kiawah Island Pkwy, Kiawah Island)

When: July 4, 6:00pm-9:30pm

Details: Head out to Kiawah to enjoy an event fun for the whole family. There will be live music, southern lawn games, inflatables, a photo booth, and crafts throughout the evening.  Be sure to hang around for the fireworks show beginning promptly at 9:15pm. Admission is complimentary, no reservation required and there will be concessions available for purchase.

Carolina Girl Yacht

4th of July Firework Cruise

Where: The Carolina Girl Yacht (2408 Maybank Highway, Johns Island)

When: July 4, 8pm-11pm

Details: This 3 hour cruise around Charleston is one of the best ways to view all of the firework displays. The Carolina Girl has 3 levels to view fireworks from and there will be a DJ keeping the party going all night long. This cruise is BYOB and guests will be allowed to bring small coolers and snacks. Ride sharing is encouraged because there is limited parking at the marina. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased on the Carolina Girl’s website.

4th of July Fireworks in Charleston

2021 Fabulous Fourth in the Creek

Where: 519 N Goose Creek Blvd, Goose Creek

When: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Details: This free event will showcase live music from local band Calhoun's Calling, a variety of food vendors, and free kids' activities. Safe social distancing is recommended. Outside fireworks, sparklers, alcohol, and coolers are prohibited.Please leave your pets at home.

*Note: Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island cancelled their 4th of July celebrations in March of 2021*

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