3 Independence Day Tips for Charleston

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Independence day is almost here, and if you’re going to be in Charleston on July 4th, here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of your lowcountry 4th of July experience.

1. Morning Run

Angel Oak on Johns Island.
Angel Oak on Johns Island. Charleston's TheDigitel

Start your day off bright and early with The Extra Mile’s 4th of July Cross Country Run. This event begins at 8:00 in the morning at the beautiful Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. The 5k will lead you through some of Johns Island’s best trails, and get you pumped up to celebrate Independence day with a freedom run through the woods. More information on registration and event details can be found byVisiting the event website, or going to The Extra Mile located on King Street in downtown Charleston. Don’t forget to wear your best collection of red white and blue.

2. Afternoon Beach Time

Folly Beach in July.
Folly Beach in July. Ron Cogswell

After the run, head over to Folly Beach and start the rest of the day with an Incredible brunch from Lost Dog Cafe. They will fill you up right, and after your run it’s going to taste all the better. From there, grab your crew for a paddle along the Folly River, or if you’re still recovering from your morning run, simply relax on the beach and prepare yourself for the evenings festivities. Folly Beach is the place to be on the 4th; you're sure to make some new friends and get some awesome beach time in.

3. Evening Festivities 

Mount Pleasant Pier at night.
Mount Pleasant Pier at night. NatShots Photography

Head back towards town around 6 o’clock, and make your way over to the Mount Pleasant Pier for the Uncle Sam Jam. What Independence Day celebration would be complete without live music, dancing, cocktails and fireworks. The Uncle Sam Jam will have you covered in all of these areas of interest, and see to it that your 4th of July in the lowcountry will be the best you’ve had in years. The party starts at 7 o’clock and goes until the last cherry bomb has exploded over the Cooper River.

You really cannot go wrong no matter how you spend your Independence Day in the Holy City, as long as you’re in the company of friends and family. Make this year’s a special one, and the best way to do that is to get outside.

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