(Last Updated On: August 30, 2017)

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National South Carolina Day - August 31


The fine state of South Carolina was the eighth to join the Union. On August 31, National South Carolina Day recognizes her unique landscapes, bold personalities and long history.

Catawbas and Cherokee were some of the first to greet Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century. Their tribes dotted the land with villages. The Englished established the first successful settlement near present day Charleston. Originally named Carolina after King Charles I, the colony later split into North and South Carolina in 1710.

Though South Carolina may have been more removed from some of the Revolutionary concerns than states like Massachusetts and Connecticut, it hosted some pivotal, if seemingly small battles. They all begin with the hard fought and devastating loss at Charles Town. What is now known as the Siege of Charleston, is to this day the largest battle to ever take place in the state. Not even Civil War battles compare. While the British claimed the city and some 5,000 prisoners, the course was set for victories to the west at Cowpens and King’s Mountain.

Slavery and the Civil War play a significant role in South Carolina’s complex social, political and economic profile. Much of the beauty of South Carolina is reflected in their soulful music and emotive art expressing the voices of generations.

Harleston Green in Charleston established the first golf club in the United States in 1786.

With 187 miles of Atlantic coastline, South Carolina is more than ideal for a beach get away. With idyllic ocean front towns, historical tours, delicious sea food and golf there is a little bit of adventure for everyone.


Explore all of South Carolina’s beauty, culture and history on August 31. Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate South Carolina’s hospitality, stunning landscapes, and dynamic people.  Use #NationalSouthCarolinaDay to share on social media.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

Visit the National Day Calendar page for National South Carolina Day for more exciting ways to celebrate!


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