Charleston Independence Week Events | 4th of July in Charleston, SC

June 30 - July 7, 2018. Five historic sites and a museum in the Lowcountry have joined to help you make the most of your visit to the Summerville/Charleston community during the July 4th week. This convenient guide lists activities focused on 17th century military history, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the role enslaved Africans played in shaping local culture. Explore the Lowcountry's rich history as we celebrate our nation's birthday.


Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing

Renaissance Woman: "Ferdi" and the Gardens of Old Town Home & Garden Tour
Sunday, July 1 - 2:30 to 3:15 pm
Join a park educator on Charles Towne Landing's home and garden tour. Step inside the Legare-Waring House and see why it's one of the area's most popular wedding venues. Paid admission is required for this event.

Interpreting South Carolina's 17th-century Military History
Saturday, July 7 - Cannon and Musket Firings: 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Paid admission is required for this event.

Outdoor Showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saturday, July 7 - Dusk (approx. 8:30pm)
Paid admission is required for this event.

Admission: $10/adult; $6.50/SC seniors; $6/youth ages 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.
OPEN DAILY: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
843-852-4200 | 1500 Old Towne Rd. | Charleston, SC |



Colonial Dorchester State  Historic Site

Colonial Dorchester State
Historic Site

From 1697 until the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the trading town of Dorchester flourished along the Ashley River, inland from colonial Charleston. Today, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site's remarkably preserved archaeological remains give visitors a peek into the early history of colonial South Carolina.

Admission: $2/adults; $1.25/SC seniors; age 15 and younger free
OPEN DAILY: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
843-873-1740 | 300 State Park Rd. | Summerville, SC |

Magnolia Plantation  and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation
and Gardens

6th Annual History Fair
Saturday, July 7 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dozens of organizations that promote history in the Lowcountry will participate in the 6th Annual History Fair. This event will showcase well-known organizations in education, religion, social services, the arts and tourism. This event is free to the public. Paid admission is required to see the gardens and to participate in the Living History program.

Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved
Saturday, July 7 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Experience history with period-dressed "living historians" as they tell stories and present craft and cooking demonstrations to mark a time when enslaved Africans labored in America. The program is presented by The Slave Dwelling Project and Magnolia. Paid admission is required for this event.

Admission: $20/adults; $10/children 6-12; children 5 and under free
OPEN DAILY: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
843-571-1266 | 3550 Ashley River Rd. | Charleston, SC |



The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Wednesday, July 4 - 9:30am
This event is organized by the Washington Light Infantry and will take place on the front steps of the Exchange. The reading is free and open to the public. Admission is required to tour the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

Admission: $10/adults; $5/children 6-12; children 5 and under free
OPEN DAILY: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
843-727-2165 | 22 East Bay St. | Charleston, SC |



The Powder Magazine

The Powder Magazine

Revolutionary Charleston!
Saturday, June 30 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The tea has been dumped in the Cooper River, the battle on Sullivan's Island has passed, it's 1781, and the Redcoats are back! It's up to your family to turn the tide by slipping back in time to British-occupied Charleston. Visit the dungeon at the Old Exchange where patriots are kept, converse inside the home of a Declaration signer, and muster with the Continental Army to keep the Revolution alive! This program is for all ages and includes three historic properties. It begins at the Old Exchange (122 East Bay Street), continues to the home of a Declaration of Independence signer, and ends at The Powder Magazine, the oldest surviving public building in the former Province of Carolina. This program is $15 per guest and reservations are required – call 843-722-9350

Admission: $6/adults; $3/children
OPEN DAILY: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
843-722-9350 | 79 Cumberland St. | Charleston, SC |



Summerville-Dorchester  Museum

Summerville Dorchester

The Maroons and the 35th U.S. Colored Troops Exhibit
On display during regular museum hours: July 1 - 7

From the earliest days of European settlement, untold numbers of enslaved Africans, forcibly displaced Native Americans and indentured European servants in Carolina chose life in the swamps to the misery and cruelty of the colonial system. These became the "Maroons" who formed isolated communities and created their own unique culture. After the Civil War, a veteran Union regiment of former slaves occupied Summerville for a year, rebuilding the ruined infrastructure and learning to read and write as they worked. The Summerville Dorchester Museum invites you to learn about the Maroons and the 35th U.S. Colored Troops, whose descendants are residents of Summerville today, as a part of the Independence Week celebration this year.

Admission: $5 ages 13 and older; $2 ages 4-12; ages 3 and under free
OPEN: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
843-875-9666 | 100 East Doty Ave. | Summerville, SC |