The scoop on the 4th in Charleston

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Patriots Point's July 4th celebration is one of many with fireworks.There are lots of fireworks events (and non-fireworks events) in the metro area.
If you are in the metro area, we'd put our money on attending the City of North Charleston's July 4th Celebration as you'll likely get a double dose of fireworks by being able to catch a glimpse of the Patriots Point 4th of July Blast. You could also head to Waterfront Park downtown to watch the Yorktown fireworks from across the river.

And, if you're thinking about putting on your own show, The Post and Courier reviewed some backyard rockets.

But here's a more detailed listing of events:

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast
See fireworks launched from the flight deck of the WWII aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown. The event offers a food court, beer garden, children's area, and The East Coast Party Band. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
4-11:30 p.m. Free. (Admission to the ships, other exhibits not included)
North Charleston's July 4th Celebration
Fireworks and a variety of music, including The Drifters and the Marshall Tucker Band, as well as fun children's activities taking place throughout the afternoon.
3-10 p.m. (843) 740-2538. Riverfront Park. Free.
Morris Island Lighthouse music and gathering
If you'll be out on the water consider swinging by Morris Island to witness multiple bands perform on a floating barge.
Noon-4:45 p.m. Free.
Folly Beach to do simply fireworks
A simple fireworks show with all the music and vendors at Folly Beach County Park
Around dusk (which should be around 8:45 p.m.) Free. 588-2426
Goose Creek's Fabulous Fourth in the Creek
Local band "Starling" will perform from 7-9 p.m. with fireworks around 9 p.m.
7-9 p.m. at Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center. Free. 797-6220 (ext. 117)
Isle of Palms
Fireworks at Front Beach near the pier around 9:30 p.m. (right after the Sullivan's Island show)
Free. Contact: 886-4410.
Moncks Corner
Parade starting at 10 a.m. with live music, food vendros and ending at dusk with fireworks at Moncks Corner Depot.
Friday, 8-11:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 899-4708
Fourth of July CelebratI'On
Music, parade and more.
Free. Contact: 881-7541,
Sullivan's Island
Local food vendors and live music followed by fireworks at the public park on Middle Street.
6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Free. Contact: 883-9944.
Summerville's Red, White & Blue on the Green
Music, food, parade, and fireworks at Summerville's Town Square. This event aims to stay old-fashioned.
4-7 p.m. Free. 821-7260.
Fourth of July Celebration at the S.C. Aquarium
Get views of the Charleston Harbor from the S.C. Aquarium and enjoy a barbecue dinner and see the Patriots Point fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Call to reserve a ticket.
7:30-10 p.m. $55 ($25 children). (843) 577-FISH (3474).

If you're looking for food, a great view and something a bit pricier, there's the Sizzling Southern Celebration at the Wentworth Mansion (map, photo). They offer: "libations and delicacies hot off the grill, all accompanied by a live jazz soloist. Afterward, guests head to the Mansion's cupola with panoramic views of the city to watch Charleston's fireworks display. Wentworth Mansion is also offering a package for those who want to stay overnight, including a two-night stay for $975 per couple, excluding tax. The package includes the Sizzling Southern Celebration for two, as well as tax and gratuity for dinner, but does not include beverages."
The views are truly incredible, check out these images.
$70 plus tax.

And don't forget The Dave Matthews Band is at The Joe.

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