July 4th Fireworks Cruise on the Queen

Come aboard the Carolina Queen for a fun filled evening of Live Music from Ben Fagan and his band and beautiful views! Be front and center for the Annual Fireworks display at Patriots Point. There will be light snacks for purchase on board a fully stocked cash bar on board with beer, wine and cocktails. These are the best seats around for the 4th of July Fireworks coupled with amazing entertainment from local favorite, Ben Fagan!

While on board the Carolina Queen you see such sights as:

  • The magnificent yachts at City Marina
  • beautiful homes on The Battery
  • White Point Gardens
  • Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney and the USS Yorktown
  • The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
  • and of course, FIREWORKS!

This cruise is perfect for couples, groups of friends and anyone looking for a good time for the 4th! 21 and over only please.

What Is Not Included?

Alcoholic beverages are not included, but we will have a fully stocked cash bar on board with a wide variety of beer wine and liquor.

Meeting Location

Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive (Charleston, SC)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance purchase is highly recommended and tours often sell out in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.

What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?

This event will be for ages 21 and up. No young children are allowed to attend.

What happens if it rains?

The cruises take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. The Carolina Queen has a glassed-in, enclosed observatory and the second deck is also partially covered, so you'll be able to get great views of the Harbor's famous sights in any weather!

Is the Carolina Queen covered?

Yes, the Carolina Queen has 3 decks - A glassed-in “Main Salon”, which is climate controlled, a "Promenade Deck”, which is covered and open on the sides, and an Observation Deck which is open with fixed bench seating around the perimeter. Each provides spectacular views of Charleston harbor. The Observation Deck is open, however, it does have some roof-covered space.

Can I bring my own food or drinks on board?

No, we ask you not to bring any food or drinks on board. We will have a fully stocked cash bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. We will have snacks available for purchase as well.

Can I buy food and drinks on board?

Yes, there will also be a fully stocked cash bar on board with a variety of snacks, cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. We accept cash or charge for payment.

What should I wear?

Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly cooler than on the land, so you may want to bring a sweater in the cooler months.

Are there any stops along the way?

No, there are no stops. We will be cruising for the entire tour.

Is the Boat safe?

The Carolina Queen is a safe vessel with a normal operating crew of four. She is certified to cruise the inland waterways by the USCG and meets all the US Coast Guard safety requirements.

Will I get seasick?

The Carolina Queen is a steady 105-foot vessel with classic lines. The Charleston Harbor has a mild atmosphere and it is unlikely that you will feel much movement aboard the boat. If you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.

Is the trip wheelchair accessible?

The Carolina Queen is not ADA compliant, however, we are able to accommodate guests with wheelchairs for the most part. Entrance to the boat is via a 30-foot ramp, which varies in steepness depending on the tide. If you're able to enter using the ramp, you'll be able to participate in the tour.

Is there any narration on the tour?

There will be no narration, however, there will be live music and a fireworks display.

What time does the fireworks display begin?

The start time will depend on a few different factors, however, historically the fireworks start after dark. While we cannot guarantee an exact start time, we will be out on the water when it begins!

Do we see dolphins and other sealife or birdlife?

We often catch a glimpse of dolphins skimming the surface as they feed or a pelican as he nose dives into the water in search of a tasty tidbit.

Is parking available near the departure point?

Yes, parking is available at The City Marina for a charge. You must purchase a discounted parking voucher from Charleston Harbor Tours if you will be parking a vehicle. This voucher will be good for up to 4 hours. Vouchers are available at the time of purchasing your tickets or available at the bar on board the vessel.

Where does the cruise finish?

The cruise finishes in the same place from which it departs, the Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, the boat is equipped with a clean restroom.

Can I stow anything during the cruise?

We do have limited closet space for wheelchairs and strollers on board. If you have a backpack or other item, we ask that you keep it under your seat. We are not responsible for lost or missing items.

Are gift certificates available for the trip?

Yes, gift certificates for Charleston Harbor Tours are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click “Contact HarborTours”.

Can I book a private trip?

Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please use the "Contact HarborTours" link to inquire further about special group rates.

What exactly do we see on the cruise?

Some of the sites you'll see include: the white steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the stately homes along the Battery, the three forts – Moultrie, Sumter, and Johnson, Patriot’s Point, the home of the Yorktown, the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II, Charleston’s landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.



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(843) 722-1112

Advance purchase strongly recommended.
Tours often sell out in advance.

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