We know that the nation will celebrate Independence Day on July 4, but do you what is celebrated on June 28?
South Carolinians, and Charlestonians in particular, have been celebrating June 28 as Carolina Day for over 200 years. It was on June 28, 1776 that South Carolina achieved the first decisive victory of the American Revolution at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, encouraging all of the colonies to mutually pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in the fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Church bells will ring out across the historic city of Charleston and there will be a commemorative service at St. Michael’s Anglican Church. Following the service, citizens, dignitaries and costumed Revolutionary reenactors will gather in Washington Park at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street and process with all the pomp and circumstance that bagpipes and flags afford to nearby White Point Gardens for a ceremony of speeches and commemoration
Additionally, Fort Moultrie, located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island, will hold its annual special event on Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 26 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Living history groups in period uniform, cannon firing demonstrations, musket drills and other programming will be held throughout the day to commemorate the victory over the British troops. Park fees will be waived on Saturday.
Carolina Day 2022
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
10:00 am-11:00 am
Church Service at St. Michael’s Church
11:00 am-11:30 am
Marching groups gather at Washington Park
11:30 am-11:45 am
Parade to White Point Garden
11:45 am-12:30 pm
A speech followed by the wreath laying at White Point Garden and concert by the Charleston Concert Band
(Sources: https://charlestonlivingmag.com/carolina-day and www.palmettosociety.org)
(Image credit: http://www.palmettosociety.org)