Folly officials prepare for the 4th

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- After lessons learned last year, Folly Beach officials say months of planning have prepared them to help beachgoers have a safe and orderly Fourth of July.

Last year's Independence Day celebration turned into a brawl that led to Town Council turning the sands of Folly into a dry destination.

Police Chief Dennis Brown said they are all-hands-on-deck and have called in for extra coverage including staff from the Charleston County Sheriff's Department, State Law Enforcement Division agents, and local constables.

An emergency services unit will also be on hand with additional fire and medical responders.

This addition of extra law enforcement was not present last year, due to a miscommunication and paperwork issues between departments.

It's not just behavior that they're hoping stays clean. Large volume trash containers and trash bag dispensers will be placed at strategic locations as well.

"We expect a substantial number of visitors due to the low tide and the reopening of the Charleston County Park," said Brown. "We have been planning for months and are finalizing all the details this week."{}

Last September, town council banned alcohol on the beach after a group of July 4 beachgoers got out of hand and started a brawl with police. Alcohol is still served at area restaurants and bars.

Several officers were hurt during the melee officials have referred to as a riot and a total of 16 tickets were issued.

Some Folly citizens asked for an investigation into how police handled the crowd that day, but an investigation was never ordered.


Other Fourth of July Festivities

The Parris Island Marine Band will perform a mix of patriotic and pop music at the Sand's Beach in Port Royal. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the band plays at 7:30 p.m. Parris Island will not be hosting any holiday events this year due to sequestration.

In Mount Pleasant, festivities for the holiday will be celebrated at the Mount Pleasant Pier for their annual Uncle Sam Jam. There will be live beach music from Permanent Vacation. Food and drinks will be also be available. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the music starts an hour later.

The event is limited to 800 people, so the city recommends making reservations.

The town of Goose Creek will celebrate Independence Day with the 24th annual Fabulous Fourth in the Creek festival. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center. There will be live music from the CoastRunner Band, food vendors, a children's play area, and souvenirs for sale.

And in North Charleston, the city has a lined up a series of bands at Riverfront Park on the former Charleston Naval Base. The festivities and music begin at 3 p.m. with Island Trio, followed by Calvin Taylor band, the Plane Janes, the Blue Dogs and the North Charleston Pops, who will play during the night's fireworks show.

Salute from the Shore, the air parade that follows the South Carolina coast annually on July 4, will begin at 1:00pm from the northernmost beaches in Myrtle Beach area, arrive in Charleston area around 1:45pm, and continues south to Hilton Head Island area wrapping up around 2:15pm.

Middleton Place will celebrate the bravery of our forefathers, and underscore the importance of the Declaration of Independence with readings of the document at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. under the oaks on the Greensward.

Patriots Point is selling seats on the deck of the USS Yorktown to view the fireworks show that takes place over Charleston Harbor. Catered food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as live musical performances and activities for kids throughout the evening.

Celebrate the Fourth of July over the blue waters of the Cooper River on the Riverside Terrace of the South Carolina Aquarium. An evening of fun for the whole family, enjoy tasty Bar-B-Q from Smoky Oak Taproom, beer from Holy City Brewing, a 4-D Theater movie viewing, music and spectacular fireworks overlooking the Charleston Harbor courtesy of Patriots Point. This event sells out every summer. It begins at 7 p.m. and ends after the fireworks. Seating is limited and guests are encouraged to reserve a space early.