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Where to Celebrate Juneteenth Across the Lowcountry

From Monck’s Corner to Saint Helena

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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that celebrates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery. Communities around the Lowcountry celebrate Juneteenth through festivals, dinners, church events and more with large events taking place in the Historic Mitchellville community which was the first self-governed Freedmen’s Town in America.

Food is a large part of Juneteenth celebrations and has traditionally included food with the hues of red including hibiscus tea, strawberry soda, red velvet cake, and barbecue ribs with staples of crab and red rice also being staples of Lowcountry Juneteenth events and family dinners. If you want to celebrate Juneteenth while supporting small towns in the Lowcountry, check out this list below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Food With Phyllis

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122A US-52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
(843) 991-9979
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Moncks Corner holds a special place in the hearts of families that were once stationed at the nearby naval base. For those looking for down-home food with hospitality, Food with Phyllis is where it is at and is best known for the owner’s turkey wings, red rice, and seafood boils served with garlic butter that customers can purchase separately and add to their own meals at home.

2. Govan's Sports Blues and Soulfood Restaurant

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288 Pickens Ave
Fairfax, SC 29827

Govan’s offers both a take out and casual dine-in experience. The restaurant has delicious trio rice and red rice, which is highly suggested with every meal. This family-run restaurant is housed in a historic building in the center of Fairfax and offers blues nights every Friday and Saturday and offers catering and event services throughout the Lowcountry.

3. Williams Seafood

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100 State Rd S-15-78
Walterboro, SC 29488
(843) 549-5847
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Locals-in-the-know are known to visit this Walterboro spot at least once a week. If you are looking for turkey wings and garlic crab, you are in the right place. Those who may visit enough might be able to eat off of the special order menu that happens to include the favorite shrimp and scallop sauté. The restaurant also has a great breakfast — try the favorite fried oyster and grits.

4. MJ's Soul Food Restaurant

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U.S. 21, 1634 Sea Island Pkwy
St Helena Island, SC 29920
(843) 838-2009
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Stop by MJ’s Soul Food Restaurant after hanging out on the islands. The shrimp burger (true Lowcountry style) and liver and onions are true perfection. Owned by Coffin Point, St. Helena Island, SC, natives Mary Holmes-Jenkins and Susan Pessie-Jenkins, this restaurant is a necessary addition to any Lowcountry road trip list and a perfect place to celebrate Juneteenth in the heart of Reconstruction Era National Monument.

5. Island BBQ Grill

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526 Sea Island Pkwy
St Helena Island, SC 29920
(843) 929-9100
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Want waterfront views smoked barbecue and island fresh seafood? Island BBQ Grill is it. Be sure to try the pulled pork sandwiches and a slab of ribs and fried shrimp. The smoker is right in front when dining at this outdoor roadside restaurant. This place is the perfect place for both the red meat and seafood lover at heart.

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1. Food With Phyllis

122A US-52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Moncks Corner holds a special place in the hearts of families that were once stationed at the nearby naval base. For those looking for down-home food with hospitality, Food with Phyllis is where it is at and is best known for the owner’s turkey wings, red rice, and seafood boils served with garlic butter that customers can purchase separately and add to their own meals at home.

122A US-52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

2. Govan's Sports Blues and Soulfood Restaurant

288 Pickens Ave, Fairfax, SC 29827

Govan’s offers both a take out and casual dine-in experience. The restaurant has delicious trio rice and red rice, which is highly suggested with every meal. This family-run restaurant is housed in a historic building in the center of Fairfax and offers blues nights every Friday and Saturday and offers catering and event services throughout the Lowcountry.

288 Pickens Ave
Fairfax, SC 29827

3. Williams Seafood

100 State Rd S-15-78, Walterboro, SC 29488

Locals-in-the-know are known to visit this Walterboro spot at least once a week. If you are looking for turkey wings and garlic crab, you are in the right place. Those who may visit enough might be able to eat off of the special order menu that happens to include the favorite shrimp and scallop sauté. The restaurant also has a great breakfast — try the favorite fried oyster and grits.

100 State Rd S-15-78
Walterboro, SC 29488

4. MJ's Soul Food Restaurant

U.S. 21, 1634 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920

Stop by MJ’s Soul Food Restaurant after hanging out on the islands. The shrimp burger (true Lowcountry style) and liver and onions are true perfection. Owned by Coffin Point, St. Helena Island, SC, natives Mary Holmes-Jenkins and Susan Pessie-Jenkins, this restaurant is a necessary addition to any Lowcountry road trip list and a perfect place to celebrate Juneteenth in the heart of Reconstruction Era National Monument.

U.S. 21, 1634 Sea Island Pkwy
St Helena Island, SC 29920

5. Island BBQ Grill

526 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920
Island BBQ Grill/Facebook

Want waterfront views smoked barbecue and island fresh seafood? Island BBQ Grill is it. Be sure to try the pulled pork sandwiches and a slab of ribs and fried shrimp. The smoker is right in front when dining at this outdoor roadside restaurant. This place is the perfect place for both the red meat and seafood lover at heart.

526 Sea Island Pkwy
St Helena Island, SC 29920

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