Charleston is one of those unique places that has something for everyone to do. That rings true on Memorial Day as well when there are fantastic opportunities to get in touch with nature and honor all past and current members of the military.
Some of Charleston's top attractions are particularly special on Memorial Day due to the city's history. Here is our list of some of the best things to do on Memorial day in Charleston:
The Piccolo Spoleto Festival begins the week of Memorial Day and is considered one of the top arts events of the year in the Southeast. There are a host of free activities associated with the festival including the Memorial Day Concert.
The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at Marion Square and it honors all military personnel, past and present. There will also be several special art exhibits running that day.
On a day like Memorial Day that is built for reflection, seeing one of the places that is most steeped in American military history seems apt. Getting to Fort Sumter requires just a short ferry ride across the Charleston Harbor.
Visitors to Fort Sumter learn about the vital role it played in the Civil War. There are several area tours that go even deeper to talk about the part Charleston played in the American Revolution.
Charleston is well-known for its beaches, and many will head that way on Memorial Day. Folly Beach is the most popular destination, and thousands will come to soak up the sun and participate in some of the great recreation options available.
Folly Beach features a dock that extends over 1,000 feet into the water. Isle of Palms Beach and Sullivan's Island are two other beaches worth checking out.
The 6th-annual Charleston Memorial Day Parade takes place at Charleston Four Corners beginning at 4:00 p.m. This free event has a lot of activities for kids including a special children's parade and carnival.
There will also be a patriotic ceremony at the Charleston Cemetery and a community picnic, and several local organizations will participate in the festivities.
Taking in the scenery around The Battery is never a bad way to spend the day. Walking along the Southern tip and taking in the historic mansions on Charleston Harbor is a favorite for residents and tourists alike.
While touring The Battery, you can stop into White Point Gardens and check out relics and memorials from the region's involvement in the Civil War. The area is also home to the 12-acre Waterfront Park that features Charleston's iconic pineapple fountain.
However you spend Memorial Day in Charleston, it's bound to be unforgettable. Get out with your family and enjoy the day for everything it stands for!
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