July 4th on IOP: 2020 Edition

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24 Jun 2020
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The 4th may look a little different this year without fireworks, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the Island. Enjoy the time together with beach games and cookouts, or patriotic-themed crafts and water sports! Here’s just a few of the options that will make this year just as memorable.

Sit Back & Relax


Something that makes the Isle of Palms so special is its beautiful, family-friendly beaches. This is the perfect place to lounge with the whole family and soak up the sun! IOP Beach Chair offers beach chair, umbrella, and bike rentals, and Beach and Games To Go offers everything else you’ll need to make your time at the beach as stress-free as possible. This way, you can save some room in the car and let all of the little things get delivered straight to your rental property. 


Our Picks for a Perfect 4th: Chairs and Umbrellas from IOP Beach Chair, Corn Hole and a Cargo Wagon for the Beach, Ping Pong for the House. 

  • a. IOP Beach Chair Co. — 2 Chairs & 1 Umbrella ($30 per day, image source: IOP Beach Chair Co.)
  • b. IOP Beach Chair Co. — Bike with Child Seat ($50 per week, image source: IOP Beach Chair Co.)
  • c. Beach & Games To Go — Cargo Wagon ($25 per week, image source: Beach & Games To Go)

Host a Cookout

You can’t have a trip in Charleston without having a classic Southern meal of Lowcountry Boil. Frogmore Stew, Beaufort Boil, or whatever you and your family call it, it’s a must have! Lowcountry Boil Company makes enjoying this meal easy, with both ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat options, and even catering if you aren’t keen on cooking!

They also have options for various diet preferences like keto, pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian. BBQ sandwiches are also an add-on option for the picky eaters in your family, so there’s something here for everyone!

In between rounds of Corn Hole while you’re waiting for dinner to be ready, try some Independence Day-themed crafts! Making your own decorations is always more fun, and a great way to keep the kids busy. AR Workshop has DIY-to-go kits so you can make wooden signs, string art, plan trays, and more with your own personal touch! 

Our Picks for a Perfect 4th: Lowcountry Boil Company catering with BBQ add-ons, and AR Workshop’s Sign and string art to-go kit

  • d. Lowcountry Boil Company Catering (price varies, image source: Food Network)
  • e-f. AR Workshop DIY-to-go Kits (price varies, image source: AR Workshop)

Explore & Get Active

For the more active and adventurous members of your family, spend some time on the water! There’s no better way to explore the waterways around IOP than on a jet ski. Take a tour with a trusted guide, or explore on your own; either way, this is a must-try! Tidal Wave Water Sports here on the Island has a brand new fleet of jet skis, and offers several other activities as well like parasailing and tubing. 

For a more relaxed vibe, try a boat tour to Capers Island or around the Downtown Charleston Harbor. Barrier Island Eco Tours currently has tours available Monday-Friday to Capers Island, an uninhabited island off of the coast of Isle of Palms. If you’d rather stay in the boat and enjoy the views, Sandlapper Water Tours does a special July 4th tour every year. For $70 per person, you can spot dolphins and have a meal on the water while taking in the Charleston skyline.

Our Picks for a Perfect 4th: Jet Ski Safari with Tidal Wave, Capers Island Exploration tour with Barrier Island Eco Tours

  • g-h. Barrier Island Eco Tours Capers Island Wildlife Exploration Tour ($48 per adult, image source: Island Realty Concierge)
  • i. Tidal Wave Water Sports Jet Ski Safari ($129 for 2 people, image source: Tidal Wave Water Sports)