Looking for an excuse to visit Charleston? Why not come and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the #1 City in the World*!? Charleston has an abundance of things to do during the New Year’s weekend so bring your friends, family or a significant other and ring in 2017 in the Low Country. Here are some reasons to make Charleston your New Year’s Eve destination.
COME FOR THE PARTY
Head out to the Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s premier New Year’s Eve Party held each year on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. For the past 3 years, this has been the biggest and best party in town. I mean, where else can you celebrate on an old WW2 aircraft carrier? With DJ’s, live music, multiple live acts, food and great people, the Yorktown combines three things Charleston does best- History, Hospitality and New Years.
(Images: Yorktown Countdown)
NEW YEAR’S DAY TRADITIONS
The Annual Polar Bear plunge is a New Year’s Day tradition on both Sullivan’s Island and Folly beach. Thousands of people gather to literally jump into the new year and wash away the stresses of the past 12 months dressed in costumes, their bathing suits or even their regular clothes!
On Sullivan’s island many local restaurants participate including Poe’s Tavern and Dunleavy’s with donations and food/beverage sale proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics. It’s a very unique and memorable event you won’t want to miss! Plungers typically meet up at participating restaurants starting around 11 a.m., then the migration to the beach begins at 12:30 p.m. The mad dash into the Atlantic starts at 2 p.m. but can vary based on the tide schedule. Visit the Poe’s event page on facebook to stay up to date with all activities here.
On Folly Beach, revelers gather at Blu Restaurant and Bar and other Folly Beach restaurants beginning at noon. The plunge begins at 2 p.m. with donations collected for local Folly Beach charities. For the past three years this event has had a unique costume theme based on one of Charleston’s favorite local residents: Bill Murray! All plungers are encouraged to show up dressed as their favorite Murray movie character. For more information on the event go to www.visitfolly.com.
(Image: Folly Beach)
THE PARTY CONTINUES
Whether or not you plan on participating in the polar bear plunge (we hope you do), spending New Year’s Day on Sullivan’s is always a great time. The laid back beach community gathers at local restaurants to continue the New Year’s celebrations with good food, friends and overall merriment. Our favorite place to head is Hometeam BBQ where the food is always on point and the Game Changers are flowing. All together it’s the best gathering of locals and tourists looking to have a great time in one of the best cities on earth.
(Images: Hometeam BBQ)
*Ranked by Travel and Leisure Magazine as the #1 city in the world, 2016.