Celebrating Carolina Day

Image by TheDigitel.comImage by 20080627moultrie.jpg Fort Moultrie, although it was unfinished and unnamed at the time, is where the Americans defeated the British in the Battle of Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776.

June 28, or Carolina Day, marks the victory in 1776 of the Americans over the British on Sullivan's Island during the Revolutionary War. It's seen as the first big victory in the war that the U.S. eventually won (as you might have heard ...). These days, Carolina Day is more about getting out and enjoying a little history and fun.

So, what's happening Saturday?

Well, The Post and Courier provides a list of various events around town. A lot is happening at Fort Moultrie, where there will be cannon firings, presentations and general festivities. The events go from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Downtown, there will be a parade at 11 a.m. from Washington Park at Meeting and Broad, down Meeting to White Point Gardens at the Battery. Also, if you've been wanting to visit the Powder Magazine on Cumberland Street, today's the day: They're offering free admission for the holiday, and are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now, if you're interested in reading more about the history behind Carolina Day, the Charleston Mercury has a few stories on the topic, including a recommended walking tour of Revolutionary War sites in Charleston.

Also, The Post and Courier's David Quick has some advice on how to improve Carolina Day here in Charleston, arguing that it could be much more than it is:

There are times I think about moving to another part of the world, but Charleston and the Carolinas — both North and South — are home. We have it so good. A nice pace of life. Mild winters. Barring some rural pockets, decent economies. Mostly pristine mountains and sea. Wonderful traditions, people, culture and history.

We really need to set aside one day and celebrate it all. That day should be Carolina Day, June 28.


Carolina Day has so much potential. In just 10 minutes, my imagination conjured up Carolina Day festivals, food and activities. A coastal version of a festival can include food of the Carolinas (pork barbecue, shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, boiled peanuts, etc.) and activities such as half-rubber tournaments, sand-castle-building and shagging contests, road races, bike rides or races, and outdoor music concerts. (Bring back the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who performed at the Spoleto Festival.)

The holiday is key to helping to broaden the awareness of Carolina Day, especially beyond Charleston, and to spur special events that don't necessarily involve men and women dressed up in Revolutionary War outfits, firing cannons or guns or breaking out the seersucker and hats for a parade downtown.