Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

About Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is a town and island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, with a population of 1,791 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is part of the Charleston metropolitan area, and is considered a very affluent suburb of Charleston. Sullivan’s Island was the point of entry for approximately 40 percent of the 400,000 enslaved Africans brought to British North America; it has been likened to Ellis Island, the 19th-century reception point for immigrants in New York City.[4] During the American Revolution, the island was the site of a major battle at Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776, since renamed Fort Moultrie in honor of the American commander at the battle. On September 23, 1989, Hurricane Hugo came ashore near Sullivan’s Island; few people were prepared for the destruction that followed in its wake. The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Sullivan’s Island. The Ben Sawyer Bridge was a casualty, breaking free of its locks. Before the storm was over, one end of the bridge was in the water and the other was pointing skyward. Sullivan’s Island police chief, Jack Lilien, was the last person to leave the island before the bridge gave way.


  • Fort Moultrie
  • The Obstinate Daughter
  • Sullivan’s Restaurant
  • Poe’s Tavern
  • Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ
  • Beardcat’s Sweet Shop
  • High Thyme Cuisine
  • Pages Okra Grill
  • Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
  • Dunleavy’s Pub
  • Long Island Cafe
  • Sea Biscuit Cafe
  • Boathouse
  • Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
  • The Co-Op Gourmet Grocery and Deli
  • The 450 Pizza Joint
  • Graze
  • Gogogreens
  • Polar Bear Plunge Rush into the ocean on New Year’s Day for the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sullivan’s Island!
  • Fire and Rescue Fish Fry Every spring this major fund raiser is held to support the Volunteer Rescue operations.
  • Lighthouse Open House Open every May, this was the last major lighthouse to be built in the United States.
  • Flounder 5k The Flounder 5k is held every June and has had a loyal following for 20 years!
  • Carolina Day Carolina Day is observed every June 28th throughout the state of South Carolina to commemorate the successful defeat of British land and naval forces by Patriots on June 28, 1776.
  • 4th of July Fireworks Sullivan’s Island will host fireworks on the 4th of July in the Town Park at dark. Bring blanket or lawn chair!
  • Fire and Rescue Oyster Roast Every November this event takes place and includes all you can eat oysters, hot dogs, and fish stew.
  • Tree Lighting Early December. Light up the night at the Fire and Rescue Holiday Lighting, happening at the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station, 2050 Middle St.

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