Carolina Day

Battle of Sullivan's Island

June 28, 1776

Carolina Day is the annual commemoration of an important part of United States, South Carolina, and Sullivan's Island history--the Battle of Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776.

The colonial's victory, fought on the site of what is now Fort Moultrie, was considered by many historians as the first significant American victory over the British during the American Revolution.  The colonists' victory was vital to South Carolina and the nascent American Revolutionary cause.  Defeat on that fateful day would have given British troops control over the vital port of Charleston and, essentially the entire state of South Carolina at a critical time. 

A mere six (6) days later, the colonists issued their national Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).  It would take four (4) years of battling South Carolinians before the British were able to occupy Charleston (1780).  For these reasons, all South Carolinians consider Carolina Day as the State's "Independence Day."

Organizations with at least 50 years history in South Carolina parade down Meeting Street to White Point Gardens, where a meaningful Ceremony takes place.  The Hat Ladies are proud to support their parade, as so many support our Easter Promenade.

Carolyn, Eileen, Archie, Val, Doris are ready...and camera ready...waiting in the shade of the Calhoun Mansion...

until the Parade passes us by

WE are warmly greeted...

..even invited to join in (which we wouldn't dare do)

Off in the distance, the pipers played "Happy Birthday" to our Val!

Our friend, Mayor Tecklenburg, who also WARMLY greeted us, gives a stirring speech detailing the significance of the Day

As it turns out its significance is also the fact it is Val's birthday.  Archie, Carolyn, Doris, Eileen, Rosalind, and Val celebrate that fact, too!

Picture The Hat Ladies