Celebrating Independence Day 2019—July 4th
Combined Continental Army and State Militia Forces Under the Command of Major General Nathanael Greene Battle to Regain Control of Much of South Carolina
South Carolina was outraged over British tax policies in the 1760s that violated what they saw as their constitutional right to "no taxation without representation". So, Merchants joined the boycott against buying British products.
When the London government harshly punished Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party, South Carolina's leaders joined 11 other colonies (except Georgia) in forming the Continental Congress.
When the British attacked Lexington and Concord in the spring of 1775 and were beaten back by the Massachusetts Patriots, South Carolina rallied to support the American Revolution. Loyalist and Patriots of the colony were split by nearly 50/50.
Many of the South Carolinian battles fought during the American Revolution were with loyalist Carolinians and the part of the Cherokee tribe that allied with the British.
This was to General Henry Clinton's advantage.
His strategy was to march his troops north from St. Augustine, Florida, and sandwich George Washington in the North. Clinton alienated Loyalists and enraged Patriots by attacking a fleeing army of Patriot soldiers who posed no threat.
Enslaved Africans and African Americans chose independence by escaping to British lines where they were promised freedom.
Under the command of Major General Nathanael Greene, combined Continental Army and state militia forces regained control of much of South Carolina by capturing the numerous interdependent chain of British held forts throughout the State.
One-by-one, the British and Loyalists were surrounded in Charles Town and became completely dependent on supplies by sea.
After preliminary peace terms had been agreed, the British evacuated Charles Town on December 14, 1782, a day now officially designated as "South Carolina Independence Day".
Greene was awarded a Congressional Medal and numerous other official awards from the State of South Carolina for his leadership in liberating the state and for restoring an elected government.
In 1787, John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Pierce Butler went to Philadelphia where the Constitutional Convention was being held and constructed what served as a detailed outline for the U.S. Constitution.
To honor the South Carolina patriots’ pivotal contribution to American Independence here are some exciting events on and around Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina celebrating Independence Day for the 243rd time.
Outside Hilton Head Amazing Fireworks Paddle
This trip begins with a 2-hour guided kayak tour and ends with watching the Shelter Cove HarbourFest fireworks out on the water.
Your guide will lead you through a brief paddle clinic before launching out into the Broad Creek wildlife area. Your guide will lead you to different points of interest, all the while looking for dolphins and other wildlife, and describe the history and culture of the area.
At dusk, your group will gather together to watch the fireworks from your kayak.
An amazing experience for all ages! Book early, this popular trip sells out! Book your reservations here.
Sea Pines - Harbor Town
4th of July Celebration
Harbour Town will celebrate the 4th of July holiday with a variety of festivities including children’s activities, live music, food and beverages.
The fireworks will begin about 9:00PM.
There is a $6.00 gate fee to enter Sea Pines Resort. For more info: Sea Pines Resort (843) 785-3333, or www.seapines.com.
2019 Gullah Reunion Festival
July 4th through July 7th, 2019
Bluffton Eagles Baseball Field
Buck Island Rd. and Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, SC
The Gullah Reunion Festival is a four-day fun-filled festival of art, food, music, storytelling, cultural demonstrations and more.
This is an annual cultural heritage event celebrating an American cultural treasure, the Gullah Geechee culture! The Gullah Reunion Festival is a family friendly festival set in the picturesque town of Bluffton, South Carolina.
A high percentage of African American’s can trace their roots back to South Carolina, so the Gullah Reunion Festival transcends many families across the nation. This festival was created to help preserve and promote the Gullah culture, as well as stimulate economic growth within this endangered community.
This festival is helps connect thousands of people back to their Gullah Geechee family, their ancestral roots, and provides a cultural event for people who simply love and enjoy the Gullah culture.
Enjoy the celebrations of The United States' 243rd Birthday!
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