Carolina Day celebrates the American victory at the Battle of Sullivan’s Island on June 28, 1776. On this day, forces under Colonels William Moultrie and William Thomson repelled assaults by the Royal Navy and the British Army. The first Carolina Day was celebrated in 1777, and the Palmetto Society and the South Carolina Historical Society continue the commemoration today.
This year’s keynote speaker will be J. Grahame Long, chief curator of The Charleston Museum, who will discuss the British military and society reactions to their defeat in Charleston Harbor in a talk entitled “One Hot Mess.” The Washington Light Infantry, Waccamaw Light Artillery, and Charleston Community Band will also participate in the day’s events.
Schedule of Events:
- 10:00 a.m.: Church service, St. Michael’s Church
- 10:30 a.m.: Organizations assemble in Washington Square for parade
- 11:00 a.m.: Ringing of church bells, procession from Washington Square to White Point Garden begins
- 11:30 a.m.: Wreath-laying ceremony and performance by Charleston Community Band, with remarks by J. Grahame Long
For additional information, please contact Ashley Darland at (843) 723-3225, ext. 111.