North Charleston’s ‘Fifty Fest’ celebrates city’s 50th birthday Saturday

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - The city of North Charleston threw a street festival Saturday to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Thousands attended “Fifty Fest, which ran from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Park Circle Business District and featured bands with tunes from the last five decades, a huge Kids’ Zone, local vendors and merchants. The block party shut down several blocks of East Montague Avenue on Saturday.

Bands included DJ Natty Heavy, Heather Hayes Experience, JVR Trio, Kat Velasco, and the Gino Castillo Quartet.

Mayor Keith Summey says the city has come a long way in the past 25 years, pointing out the Park Circle business district as proof of the city’s growth.

He also says the city has grown every year since the Naval base closed, which, at the time, he says caused concern among city leaders regarding its future.

“We’re a young city compared to most of the cities in the state, yet we’re the third-largest in population and number one in retail sales,” Summey said. “We’ve come a long way, and today, we’re just celebrating with the people of North Charleston, just saying happy birthday to each other.”

As of now, North Charleston has a population of around 120,000 people, and the mayor says 1,700 people moved to the city within the past year.

“It’s going to be really celebratory and we’re really excited to get together as a community,” North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Director Kyle Lahm said. “We have something, you know for lots of different folks to do.”

As part of the celebration, the North Charleston 50th Anniversary Classic Car Show celebrated 50 years of vintage vehicles from the 1940s to the 1980s, including classic cars, hot rods, vintage trucks, rat rods, import, custom, and low riders.

Fifty Fest was free to attend.

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