Patriotic celebrations begin

June 26, 2014 

The winning boat of the boat parade on Lake Murray made use of a host of American flags, balloons, and bikinis to drum up support from the judges who awarded them with 144 points out of a possible 150.

C MICHAEL BERGEN — mbergen@thestate.com Buy Photo

The Fourth of July might be a week away, but there’s no shortage of Americana in South Carolina.

In Charleston on Saturday, celebrate Carolina Day, commemorating the American victory at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island on June 28, 1776. The day begins with a 10 a.m. church service at historic St. Michael’s Church, 71 Broad St., followed by a procession from Washington Park to White Point Garden, commonly known as the Seersucker Parade.

At Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, a two-day celebration beginning Saturday features musket and artillery demonstrations and other glimpses of life in the Colonial Era.

In the Grand Strand, enjoy Riverfest in Conway on Saturday. The town, just inland from Myrtle Beach, will hold the festival from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at Riverfront Park and Marina Drive. Enjoy food, entertainment that includes a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute. How American is that?

Another piece of Revolutionary War history will be played out at the Walnut Grove Plantation Militia Day, 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday in Roebuck near Spartanburg. The plantation at 1200 Otts Shoals Road features a living history of the South Carolina Rangers,

Much more to do here

For more on patriotic events this weekend in the Midlands, check Go Columbia on Page A14 or our listing inside Weekend.

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