Ring in 2023 with these new year’s events

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Here are just a few of the events happening across the Lowcountry to help mark the final countdown to the start of a new year.

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The 156th annual Emancipation Proclamation Parade will take place on New Year’s Day from noon to 6 p.m. The parade begins at Burke High School on Fishburne Street and concludes at the construction site of the International African American Museum.

The annual parade celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln issued on Jan. 1, 1863, during the Civil War. The historic document declared “all persons held as slaves” within Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

The annual celebration, organized by the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, includes floats, cars, motorcycles and marching bands.

On Saturday night, you can celebrate the coming of 2023 at the “Edge of America” with the annual Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop. A pair of giant sparkly flip-flops will descend from above Center Street. Immediately after the drop, there will be a fireworks show on the beach. Center Street will be closed to auto traffic at 10 p.m. because of the drop.

Then on Sunday, take part in the 2023 Race the Landing 5K New Year’s Day Pajama Run at Charles Towne Landing. Tickets are $30 for the 5k adult run and $15 for the Kid’s Fun Run. You are encouraged to wear PJs. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and gates close at 8:30 a.m.

Elisheva  Wimberly

Elisheva Wimberly

Elisheva joined the Live 5 News team in May 2022.