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Fourth Of July Blast To Be The Biggest And Best Yet!

patriotspoint May 15, 2012

Lowcountry residents and visitors to Charleston are abuzz with excitement for the Fourth of July Blast at Patriots Point. With two weeks remaining until this annual celebration, Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette has announced that Flight Deck tickets are officially sold out.

Although tickets to the Flight Deck are sold out, there is still plenty of seating left landside and admission to this area is free, as it has always been. A $10 per vehicle parking fee will be assessed for all who wish to park at Patriots Point.

“Patriots Point has come to be recognized as the Lowcountry destination for the Fourth of July,” Burdette stated.  “We are proud to welcome more than 25,000 people each year to celebrate Independence Day at Patriots Point; and this year, we’re excited to host 1,000 guests on our Flight Deck for the first time.”

In addition to an exciting new viewing platform – one of the nation’s most historic war ships – this year’s celebration will feature 8-inch firework shells shot from a barge in the Cooper River, making Patriots Point’s fireworks display the most spectacular in the State of South Carolina.

Guests on the Flight Deck will enjoy special access to the USS YORKTOWN starting at 5:30 p.m., with catered food and beverage available for purchase. The YORKTOWN will have entertainment for everyone – with live music from the East Coast Party Band and the up-and-coming group, The Explorers Club kicking-off at 6:00 p.m. and jump castles available for kids.

For those who wish to remain landside, fireworks will be visible from the grounds. Food and beverage from local vendors will be available for purchase and there will be lots of entertainment for the kids.

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119 thoughts on “Fourth Of July Blast To Be The Biggest And Best Yet!

  1. richard heissler says:

    Hi, We will be vacationing down near Charleston the 4th of July week and were planning on watching the fireworks there as well. As I was researching I noticed you are offering seats on the deck of the USS Yorkstown for the display. We will have 6 adults and 9 kids from 3-13. Could you send me some more info on how th obtain tickets for this.

    Thanks you,
    Rich HEissler

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hello Mr. Heissler,
      We’re so glad you’ll be able to join us! This year, we are offering seating on the flight deck for the first time. Seating is limited, so if you wish to join us aboard the USS Yorktown, we’d recommend purchasing your tickets early!

      1. Katie says:

        I have a 6 month old, and I noticed it says no outside food allowed am I allowed to bring bottled water for her formula bottles? I assume so, but I want to make sure!

        1. patriotspoint says:

          Hi Katie,

          That will be no problem. If anyone asks, please just tell them it is for the formula. We are glad you’ll be joining us for the Fourth of July celebration!

  2. Kelly Crawford says:

    Was wondering how I go about purchasing tickets for the special seating as well?

    Thank you,

    Kelly Crawford

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Ms. Crawford,

      Tickets can be purchased through the Patriots Point website. For your convenience, I have attached the link here: https://secure4.gatewayticketing.com/PatriotsPoint/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=PPGA&C=PP4THFD

      If there’s anything more we can do to help, please let us know! Thank you.

  3. April Lane says:

    I am also interested in purchasing tickets for the july 4th fireworks. Can I call to purchase? I am having trouble getting through the website.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi April,

      Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to take orders for the 4th of July by phone. Please find below a direct link to purchase tickets through our website – I hope it helps!


  4. Greg says:

    What food will be available on the USS Yorktown?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Gregg,

      Thank you for your comment! We’ll be selling grilled shrimp, Charleston red rice, grilled sausage and peppers in buns and slaw. We’ll have hot dogs for the kids and an ice cream station for the young – and young at heart!

  5. Johnny Growe says:

    I wanted to get tickets to the fourth of July fireworks display for my wife and me if still available. How can I purchase 2 tickets? We also want to tour the carrier.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Mr. Growe,

      Tickets are still available for purchase at the following link: https://secure4.gatewayticketing.com/PatriotsPoint/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=PPGA&C=PP4THFD

      A $10 ticket will grant you access to tour the Yorktown after 5:30, before the fireworks begin later that evening. We’re looking forward to you joining us!

  6. Thomas says:

    This sounds like a great event and I am looking forward to the fireworks display. I was just wondering if I will be able to purchase alcohol at this years event?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Thomas, thanks for your comment. Yes, alcohol will be available for purchase both on the flight deck of the Yorktown and landside.

  7. Carrie says:

    My family would like to attend this event. Typically, children under 6 do not need a ticket, is this the case for the 4th of July event? I am trying to figure out how many tickets to purchase. Also, are there more events for children landslide or on deck? Which is more family friendly? Thank you!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Carrie,

      In order to keep an accurate count of the number of people on the flight deck (and to remain in compliance with fire code), only infants do not require a ticket. For all other children and adults, it is a $10 ticket. We will have jump castles and live music on the flight deck, and you will have the opportunity to tour the Yorktown after hours if you wish. On the landside, we will have a mobile game truck available for the kids at no charge, and there will be vendors and music from a radio station playing. We look forward to you joining us!

  8. Angelika says:

    Does the $10 ticket get you a physical chair or does it give you a space to place your own chair that you bring on board? I am asking because I noticed the comment in the “IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS” section indicated that “chairs are allowed”?

    A second question is, is it reserved seating or first come first serve (general admission) for the purchased seats? We are purchasing 5 tickets and will want them to be together. Thank you.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Thank you for your note! The $10 will get you admission to the flight deck. There will be no seating available, so feel free to bring a chair(s). In addition, it will be open on the flight deck (similar to a picnic setting), so you’ll have no problem sitting with your family and friends.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Are strollers allowed for the flight deck celebration?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Yes, strollers are permitted on the flight deck. Thank you!

  10. Steve Davis says:

    I noticed that there is a $10.00 fee to gain access to the deck for the fireworks. Is the general admission fee also required to see see the fireworks from the deck? for a total of $28.00 an adult. Or can you just purchase the firework deck access and not the ship tour access?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Mr. Davis,

      The $10 fee will grant you access to the Yorktown (including the flight deck) after 5:30. If you would like to tour the Yorktown prior to that time, regular admission rates apply. Thank you.

  11. Don Olsen says:

    How long do fireworks last.? How do we bring a lawn chair and tour the boat, too?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Mr. Olsen,

      The fireworks are expected to last between 20 and 30 minutes. You are welcome to carry your lawn chair with you to tour the ship; however, we would recommend that you leave it on the flight deck with a member of your party.

  12. G Bower says:

    How many tickets are being sold for the flight deck? How many remain at this time?

    Looking forward to the event!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Less than 100 tickets are left. If you would like to join us, we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible!

      1. G Bower says:

        Thanks. Can you tell me how many are sold in total? Just trying to find out how many people will be on the deck. Thank you!

        1. patriotspoint says:

          1,000 tickets total will be sold for the flight deck.

  13. SGT says:

    GBower, as a matter of operational security, some info should not be displayed for public comsumption. K,thx.

  14. cari says:

    Can you please tell me if you charge for a two year old with a stroller, and also, what if you are not able to print your tickets from home? is there another way to purchase these tickets in person?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Cari,

      If you view the fireworks from the landside area, there is no additional charge. We do not have a limit for the number of guests who can view the fireworks from the landside, but our flight deck tickets are limited to 1,000. (The flight deck tickets are $10/person) Unfortunately, we do not allow pets at our Fourth of July Celebration. Please thank you husband for his service as a member of the USAF (and your service as a family member who supports him)!

  15. Michele Dunn says:

    My husband and I will be in town for the 4 th of July and are interested in see the fireworks there. I see there is a $10.00 per car parking fee. Are there admission charges as well to see the fireworks? Also, we have a 7lb dog that will be with us and she will be in an enclosed dog stroller. I have not seen anything on your site about bringing pets, is this allowed? My husband is active duty Air Force and I see that we have to purchase any tickets applicable in person , is there a limit to how many people are admitted into the park grounds to watch?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Ms. Dunn,

      In order to keep in compliance with fire codes, a ticket is required for all children older than infants. (The ticket pricing is the same across the board at $10/person.) If you are not able to print your tickets from home, you may purchase them at the ticket booth. Thank you!

      1. Michele Dunn says:

        Are pets allowed at Patriots Point?

  16. James says:

    Just came across the event, and unfortunately it’s sold out?!? Any chance there are two more seats? My girlfriend and I will be down to celebrate our anniversary, and I was hoping to surprise her during the fireworks.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Unfortunately, we’ve reached our limit for the flight deck! There’s still plenty of seating available on the landside of Patriots Point, and it will offer a great view of the fireworks. Thank you for your interest!

  17. Debbi Stewart says:

    Sorry to hear you are sold out! Are there any good views of the fireworks from a rooftop restaurant that you could recommend? My husband and I are staying in the historic distict and was wondering where would be a good spot for the fireworks. Thanks!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Mrs. Stewart,

      We’ll have plenty of room landside, if you’d still like to join us from that location. As far as a rooftop restaurant downtown, I’m afraid I’m not familiar with those that would offer a good view of the show. Your best bet would be to check with the hotel concierge when you arrive – I’m sure they will be able to provide you with a few options that will work well.

  18. Linda says:

    What time do the fireworks start?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      The fireworks will begin once the sun sets. We anticipate this will be around 9 p.m. Thank you.

  19. Tyler says:

    Hi. I just learned about your event as I just moved to the area. Unfortunately it appears I am too late to get tickets. Do you know if there is a waiting list I could put my name on if tickets do become available? Thanks!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Tyler,

      Thanks for your note. Unfortunately, we do not have a waiting list for flight deck tickets; but we do have plenty of room landside for you to watch the fireworks.

  20. robin says:

    Hi we will be in charleston on vacation and are planning on coming to patriots point for the celebration of fireworks what is considered the landside areas for the viewing of the fireworks? thanks

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Robin,

      The landside area includes the parking lot and surrounding grass areas at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. (It does not include the pier, which provides access to the ships) Hope this helps!

  21. Sam says:

    Question about landside viewing – can we bring our own tent etc to set up and cookout? Thanks!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Sam,

      Tents are permitted landside, but they must be taken down by 8 pm. We do not allow any cooking landside, as it is a safety issue with so many small children around. We will have plenty of food available for purchse!

      1. Sam says:

        awesome thanks! Looking forward to it!

      2. Sam says:

        OK, what is the earliest we can get in to set up tents? Thanks again, we are really looking forward to it – had a blast last year!

  22. Adina says:

    Ok so just so I am clear, if I wanted to see the fireworks landside, the only fee required would be the $10 parking fee as well paying for my own food and drinks?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Yes, ma’am. That is correct.

  23. Emily Mcneill says:

    we are staying at the hampton inn across from patriots point..is it ok to walk over….or do we have to drive.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Ms. Mcneill,

      I checked google maps and found that it is approximately 1.1 miles from the Hampton Inn Mt. Pleasant to Patriots Point. It is a walkable distance, but I would caution that you must cross a Coleman Blvd. at a fairly busy intersection. (There is a crosswalk, but it is four lanes of traffic.) In addition, google advised that some areas of the route are missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

      I have included directions from google below for your information:

      1. Head northeast toward Sessions Way
      2. Turn right onto Sessions Way
      3. Turn right onto McGrath Darby Blvd
      4. Continue onto Patriots Point Rd
      5. Slight right to stay on Patriots Point Rd
      6. Follow until you reach Patriots Point (will be on the right)

  24. Kim says:

    My husband and I attended this 4th of July event 5yrs ago and LOVED it! May I ask, once we get our seats in the grass, landside, can we purchase a ticket for the yorktown, how much is a ticket, we have a 3yr old as well?
    Thanks, looking forward to it!!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Kim,

      We’re glad you’ll be joining us again! The Yorktown will be open to the public until 6:30 on July 4. (After that time, only those with Flight Deck tickets will be able to remain on the ship.) Adult tickets are $18 and children 6 and under are free!

  25. LeeAnn R says:

    What type of payment method is acceptable for the parking fee and food/drink vendors?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi LeeAnn,

      Cash will be accepted as payment for parking and with the food/drink venders. There will be an ATM machine on the landside; but we recommend bringing cash with you to be on the safe side. Thank you!

  26. Amy says:

    Are coolers or individual water bottles allowed landside? I assume bringing a picnic dinner is not allowed. Is that correct?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Yes, coolers and waterbottles are permitted landside. You are more than welcome to bring a picnic dinner. (Cooking, however, is not permitted landside) Hope this helps!

  27. Tom says:

    Is there a specific address I can put into my gps for the event or would putting in patriots point be sufficient? Also I have heard of people saying they are going to the battery for the fireworks show. Is this the same thing?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Our address is 40 Patriots Point Road / Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. I am not 100% certain, but I believe that people on the battery watch the fireworks display that is hosted by Patriots Point.

  28. Heather says:


    I go to Patriots Point every year for the firework display and will be going this year as well. I just got a puppy and do not want to leave her home alone, what is the pet policy for the event? She will have a leash on her at all times and is only 8 weeks old.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hello Heather,

      While we’re all pet lovers, they are, unfortunately, not allowed at our Fourth of July Blast. Thank you for your understanding.

  29. john mcdonald says:

    If we are sitting landside are we allowed to bring food and drinks?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Yes, sir! Food and beverages are permitted landside.

  30. Paulette says:

    Where are the activies going to be held before the fireworks start? Is it at the Mt. Pleasant waterfront park? I have never attended and I am wanting to take my 7 year old daughter. Thanks

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Paulette,

      The activities will be available that afternoon, but we expect that most of the vendors will be set up between 4 and 5 p.m. Our celebration is taking place at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum grounds, and there is a separate celebration hosted at Waterfront Park. Thank you!

  31. jeff says:

    In the past the band has played landside. It looks as though the ECPB will be on the ship thiis year, will there be a band landside? Also what is the earliest we can set up a tent?

    1. patriotspoint says:


      We will not have live music landside this year, but we will have music playing from radio stations. You can arrive as early as you wish to set up a tent (we open at 9) but it must be taken down by 8 p.m. Thank you!

  32. Monica says:

    If we are just staying landside what time do you suggest we get there? We have 3 kids going with us that are young and just wanting to know what time everything landside starts. What all will be there for the kids landside. Also where all can we park if by the time we get there the parking lot is full?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hello Monica,

      We’d recommend getting there around 5-6 p.m. We’ll have several parking lots available, so as long as you arrive before the “big rush” (usually around 7), you should have no trouble finding a space. Thank you!

  33. jesse davis says:

    can you watch the fireworks from the walk way on the bridge

    1. patriotspoint says:


      Your best bet would be to contact the Department of Transportation to verify their policy for the fourth. Thank you!

  34. Marilyn says:

    I have never been to Patriots point so im not sure where to go in order to see the fireworks. I understand the flight deck is sold out so if you are not sitting there where will you see the fireworks from? Is it just a fireworks display or will there be other things available for children? What time do the festivities begin? Thanks!

    1. patriotspoint says:


      Although our flight deck is sold out, there will be plenty of room on the landside of the museum and you’ll have no problem seeing the fireworks display. We will have a video game trailer for the kids to enjoy free of charge, and they have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to climb our climbing wall for $5. The festivities will begin around 5 p.m. that evening with the fireworks beginning once it is dark outside (around 9). Thank you!

  35. Becca says:

    I have purchased tickets for the flight deck. I know I can view the Yorktown at 5:30. My question is can I also view the Laffey at this time? Or is it an additional charge to view the Laffey? Thanks

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Becca,

      The Laffey and Clamagore (submarine) will be open until 6:30 pm. You are more than welcome to tour the ships between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Thank you

  36. Tony says:

    Can you tell me where the parking will be? We visited Ft. Sumpter today and noticed many places “roped off”. We have small children and were wondering how long of a walk it would be to the landslide viewing area and the parking. Thank you for your help.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Tony,

      We will have parking available in the Patriots Point lot, as well as adjacent property (including the soccer fields). We are recommending that our guests arrive early (ideally, no later than 6 pm), just to be on the safe side. That way, you will be able to ensure you have a parking space. Thank you!

  37. Natalia says:

    What is the best time to arrive for the fire work landside so I am not stuck in traffic for hours to park . Thanks

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Natalia,

      We’re recommending that guests arrive between 5 and 6 pm; but unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that there won’t be traffic at this time. Good luck!

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  39. Mrs. Hunt says:

    Hello, I live in Wilmington,NC. I purchased 6 tickets for the flight deck. We now have a family emergency that will prevent us from attending the celebration. Is there anyway that you can donate these tickets to someone special that would enjoy this event? A needy family or child? I just want someone to enjoy them. Please email me with a reply.

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hello Mrs. Hunt,

      We are sorry to hear of the family emergency and will do our best to locate a family in need that might be able to enjoy the celebration on the flight deck. Thank you.

      1. Mrs. Hunt says:

        Thank you. That would be great. Let me know if you need my order number or any other information via email that I can send.

        1. Stacy Weeks says:

          Have you already sold your flight deck tickets? I would like to purchase 4 if not…

          1. patriotspoint says:

            Yes, we sold out two weeks ago; but still have plenty of room available to watch the fireworks from the landside. Thank you.

  40. Robin Cave says:

    What time will the vendors be there? We are coming to tour the museum, and stay fro fireworks. We want to get good parking so we are coming early!!!

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Robin,

      We believe the vendors will be arriving between 3 and 4 this afternoon. Thank you.

  41. Laura R says:

    Are dogs allowed at the landside area tonight?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Laura,

      Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted at the celebration this evening – whether on the flight deck or landside. Thank you.

  42. Brenda Shields says:

    Can you bring a cooler for landside? Is alcohol allowed?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Yes, ma’am (on both accounts). Thank you.

  43. Teresa says:

    Is there handicap parking? If not, about how far is the walk?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      Hi Teresa,

      Yes, there is plenty of handicap parking available. Thank you.

  44. JEn procter says:

    Hey guys,

    What approximate time will the fireworks start?

    1. patriotspoint says:

      The fireworks are expected to begin just after 9 pm. Thank you.

  45. MattR says:

    I really feel like I was taken advantage of. My family got here at 4:00 and we waited in the blazing sun. Finally the fireworks start. 3 miles away through a tree line. No one could believe it! The only people that got a good show were those on the flight deck.

    What a huge disappointment.

  46. Heidi Mackey says:

    Hello! We are a SC based, family owned amusement company offering a Mobile Zip Line (target ages teen-adult), Rock Wall, Inflatables (toddler-teen, all sanitized & in excellent condition), Dunk Tanks, Glitter & Airbrush Tattoos, & Green Screen Photography (similar to those that weather forecasters use) with souvenir photos (hundreds of backgrounds to choose from- all family friendly). Some of our clients are Clemson University, Michelin, Pepsi Co, Electrolux, plus many city/county sponsored events. Fully licensed & insured, we offer professional services. If there are any vendor opportunities for us at any of your events such as July 4th, we would be honored to participate!
    Get out & celebrate,
    Heidi Mackey
    The Fun Company, LLC/ Wow Inflatables

    1. asmith says:

      Hello Ms. Mackey,

      Thank you for reaching out. I will pass along your information to our Event Coordinator, and he will be in touch directly if there are any vendor opportunities at upcoming events.

      Thank you

  47. David Thompson says:

    My family will be vacationing in Charleston for July 4th of this yr. Will the flight deck be available for firework viewing this yr? When will tickets go on sale?

    1. asmith says:

      Hello Mr. Thompson,

      We don’t have any dates planned to begin ticket sales, so please check back as we get a bit closer to the Fourth of July. We’ll publicize ticket sale information on our website and social media pages as soon as we have it. Thank you!

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Hello, I would like to know if there will be a event for this year for 4th July, 2013. What are the hours and fee’s? I would appreciate it if you would let me know. Thank you.

    1. asmith says:

      Hi Elisabeth,

      Thanks for your message. Yes, we will be hosting our “Fourth of July Blast” event once again this year. The festivities will kick off at about 5 p.m., and the fireworks begin at dark. We will offer viewing of the fireworks from the flight deck again this year, as well as from the landside of the museum. Landside viewing is free (with a parking fee per vehicle) and tickets will be on sale for our flight deck viewing in the weeks ahead. We do not have the prices available at this time; but we recommend visiting our website and faceboook pages to stay up-to-date on the latest news for this event.

      Thank you!

  49. Cherry says:

    I need to know what will happen if it rains that night. I have purchased tickets, and am afraid that with the forecast of rain that it will be a washout. Could someone please email me and let me know if it will be rescheduled or refunded.

    1. asmith says:

      Hi Cherry,

      We are treating the Fourth of July Blast as a ‘rain or shine’ event and will do everything possible to host the fireworks display on Thursday night. However, given the weather patterns we’ve experienced recently, there is certainly a possibility that a weather system could require us to cancel all/some elements of the event for the safety of our spectators and staff.

      Guests should come prepared for the possibility of rain and/or a thunderstorm. If watching the event from the landside and a significant lightning event occurs, the only safe harbor would be your personal automobile. Flight Deck guests will be directed to the Hangar Bay, which is perfectly safe.

      In the event that the fireworks show is cancelled, refunds will not be issued for Flight Deck tickets or parking. Flight deck ticket holders will have the option to visit the museum anytime in the next year free or charge (they’ll just need to bring their ticket).

      In our nearly 20 years of hosting this event, we have never been rained out and we don’t intend to start now. It’s going to be a great day at Patriots Point but we’re prepared to take prudent actions as necessary. We look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with our Lowcountry residents and visitors.

  50. Chris says:

    What food vendors/catering will be on the flight deck for the celebration today?

    1. asmith says:

      Hi Chris,

      We’re excited to have Sticky Fingers BBQ catering tonight’s celebration on the flight deck.


  51. Jessica says:

    Are we allowed to bring a cooler and post up on the lawn? We have lawn chairs and towels just making sure it’s allowed.

    Thank you, jessica

    1. asmith says:

      Hi Jessica!

      Absolutely. Coolers are permitted on the landside. We hope you enjoy the show!


  52. Jessica says:

    Thank you!!

  53. My son and his girlfriend will be staying in Charleston on 4th July, and they want to see the fireworks, is there any public transport to Patriots Point for the fireworks event?

    1. Chris Hauff says:

      Hi Wendy,
      There is no public transportation that will go specifically here for the show. However, several CARTA buses offer service here, and will have stops that are well within walking distance of our museum.

  54. brandon lee says:

    Are there still any vender slots open? Email please.

    1. Chris Hauff says:

      All of the vendors have been chosen, sorry.

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