This coming week is an especially festive one if you’re here staying in a Charleston beach house.

Today (Friday, June 30th) marks the official beginning of the holiday weekend, even though the Fourth of July isn’t until Tuesday.  So basically it’s an extra-long celebration time this year.

If you’re headed here to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston, you are not alone.  This is considered the very peak of peak weeks for beach house rentals Charleston SC.

A whole bunch of people will be traveling this holiday.  AAA estimates it will be 44 million folks who travel by road or air  –  1.25 million more than last year.

37.5 million of those will travel by car, a number bolstered by low gas prices, as I covered in that last BLOG.

As a matter of fact, GasBuddy says drivers this weekend will see the lowest prices at the pump since 2005.  Interestingly, this year is also the first time in 17 years that gas prices are lower during the July 4th holiday than on New Year’s Day.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Department will be having traffic safety checkpoints, so keep an eye peeled for those if you’re here in a Charleston beach house.  You can read more about it here, including exactly where and when those checkpoints will be located.

As usual, there is no shortage of nifty patriotic ways to celebrate the July 4th holiday.  Most are within a convenient distance from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.  In fact, you’ll probably be able to see pyrotechnics from the decks and porches of your beach house Charleston.

Salute from the Shore near your Charleston beach house

Salute from the Shore near your Charleston beach house


Salute from the Shore near your Charleston beach house…

Before we get to the fireworks, first up is a really cool way to show your patriotism and colors on July 4th, right on the beach.

This year marks the 8th anniversary of Salute from the Shore  –  where you can show your love of country while also being on the sand itself, just steps from all our SC vacation rentals.

Salute from the Shore is a cool flyover of the entire South Carolina coastline by current and vintage U.S. military planes.   The flyover will start at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4th at Cherry Point, SC, right near the North Carolina border.  It’ll be led by two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base along with a C-17 from Joint Base Charleston.  Vintage planes include privately owned aircraft, which in past years have included a P-51 Mustang and an F4U Corsair.

The planes will head down the coast and circle around Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant before continuing south past Hilton Head.  They’ll travel at different speeds (the vintage aircraft usually lag behind the F-16s) but will be visible alalong the coast between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  They’ll be easily seen from all our rental homes South Carolina, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and a Charleston beach house out on Folly.

According to organizers, the planes out front (the current military aircraft) will fly over the Isle of Palms by 1:15 p.m., Charleston Harbor by 1:16 p.m., and Folly Beach by 1:20 p.m.

You’re encouraged to show your colors and share your photos and videos.  Just email them to  and tag images with #SalutefromtheShore.

Here’s the full scoop: for the official website, or here for the scoop from the Post & Courier.

Lots of fireworks options near your Charleston beach house

Lots of fireworks options near your Charleston beach house

Fireworks near your Charleston beach house

Fireworks displays will take place all over the area, so you’ll have a plethora of options.

Charleston/Mount Pleasant  – 

Fireworks will be shot off a barge in the harbor after the sun sets on Tuesday, in what’s officially known as the “Fourth of July Fireworks Blast.”  Great views abound on both sides of the harbor.

Patriot’s Point will again open the flight decks of the USS Yorktown, which is probably the best view of all.  You can watch for free from the land (parking $10).  If you want to be on deck, there are two options including VIP tickets.

Over at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, there’s a special “Uncle Sam Jam” happening out on the pier  –  also a great location to watch the fireworks.  There will be live music, dancing, food and beverages available.  Gates open at 7:00 and the music starts at 8:00.  Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as it will no doubt sell out fast, and tickets are limited to just 800.  Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the gate if any are left.

If you can’t wait until Tuesday to see fireworks, head out to The Joe.  You can take in America’s favorite pastime while munching on an all-American hot dog.  The Charleston Riverdogs are playing in town this weekend, and there will be a fireworks display after the game tonight and Monday.  Monday is called the “Independence Day Mega Fireworks Celebration” with $1 beer and $ hot dogs.

The Joe is a beautiful stadium located at 360 Fishburne Street downtown, an easy drive from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  Here’s more on the schedule:


Fireworks on the beaches near your Charleston beach house…

Sullivan’s Island

The Sullivan’s Island Fireworks & Music in the Park is from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  It’s located at J. Marshall Stith park at 2050 Middle Street.  There is parking behind the Town Hall.

Isle of Palms

Starting at 9:00 p.m., fireworks will be launched from the Isle of Palms pier, near Front Beach.  There’s parking on the side of the road or at the Isle of Palms County Park.

Just a quick reminder  –  individual fireworks are prohibited on the Isle of Palms.  So if you are in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, leave the hassle to others.  Just watch the official town show.

So happy birthday, America.  And remember to call Exclusive Properties for the best in beach rentals Charleston!

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Post & Courier