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2024 Charleston Airshow
2024 Charleston Airshow
DATE AND TIME
Gates open at 9AM both days
Traffic flow into the base will close at 1:30PM
LOCATION
Joint Base Charleston
102 E Hill BLVD
Charleston, SC 29404
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Event Description


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On the weekend of April 20-21, Joint Base Charleston will welcome the public to come watch the spectacular “HEROES OF FLIGHT” show featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds!

Address: Joint Base Charleston, 102 E Hill Blvd, SC 29404

The gates will open at 9 a.m., the show will start at noon, and the show is expected to end by 4 p.m.


PREMIUM SEATING TICKETS AVAILABLE AT AIRSHOWCHARLESTON.COM



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WALK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

If you do not have a parking pass, entrance into the show gates will not be permitted on Saturday or Sunday. You will be turned away without an official parking pass.


Viewing areas outside and around the base are not managed by the show, so we can not suggest any other area to be able to view the show - we do not have any information on other viewing locations.


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Frequently Asked Questions

GATES OPEN AT 9:00AM
SHOW STARTS AT NOON



ENTRY & EXIT FAQs

How much do tickets cost?
The 2024 Charleston Airshow is free to the public, however every vehicle will require a free base pass to park on the installation.


Does every person in my car need a base pass?
No, the base pass is only for the vehicle to park. So, a car with four people would only need one base pass.


Are tickets and parking passes free?
The show is completely free to the general public. Again, you do NOT need a paid ticket to attend the Charleston Airshow.


Will there be handicapped parking available?
Yes, there will be designated portions of the parking lots for properly-marked handicapped vehicles.


Is tailgating allowed?
No, parking lots are reserved for transiting to and from the show only.


Do I need a military ID?
No, this event is open to the public.


Will I be able to leave and return from the show?
Yes, however you will have to process through the security checkpoint again.


Why am I required to print my base pass and display it on my dashboard? Doesn't everyone have a mobile device nowadays?
Printed passes displayed in the dash allow for rapid checking at the gates. Alternate methods, such as displaying on a mobile device, would hinder the traffic flow.


I don't have a printer. What should I do?
Every branch of the Charleston County Public Library provides printers to the public for a nominal fee of 10 cents per page. If this cost is a barrier to entry, please contact our planning team at the links on our website and we will assist you.


Can I take a ride share to the event (Uber, Lyft, etc.)?
Ridesharing apps are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. First, the driver will probably not have a base pass to either drop you off or pick you up. Second, there is no designated area for ride share drivers to pick up riders. Third, during ingress and egress of the base, the traffic lanes will be reversed making it nearly impossible for a driver to come and get you.



GENERAL EVENT FAQs

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?
Yes, there will be food, drinks, alcoholic drinks (with an I.D. check), and souvenirs available throughout the show area.


Can I bring my own bottled water & folding chairs?                                               
Sealed water bottles/reusable water bottles are allowed. "Collapsible seating" and blankets are allowed. 


Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the event, with proper I.D. You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages into the Airshow.

Will there be restrooms and facilities at the show?
Yes, portable restrooms will be located throughout the event, including handicapped-accessible units. Handwashing and sanitization stations will also be available, as well as a nursing station. There will also be mobile water tanks available with potable water for public consumption.


What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed. Unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of our visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications. In the event of an Airshow cancellation or delayed opening, announcements will be coordinated with local news agencies and disseminated via social media channels with information as it becomes available. It is impossible to reschedule the show for a different weekend in the event of a cancellation.


When are the Thunderbirds performing?
The Thunderbirds will close both shows on Saturday and Sunday.


Will there be any shade?
The open flight line offers no shade. There will be some large, static aircraft with wingspans that provide limited shade.


Will there be any medical services provided?
First aid will be available to treat minor ailments such as dehydration, minor cuts, bruises, and applications of emergency medications (such as Epi-pens). On-site medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries and illnesses.


Can I take pictures and videos, or livestream the event from my mobile device?
Absolutely! There are no restrictions on photography, however be aware that the show will feature copyrighted background music that JB Charleston has paid a license fee that will not cover personal videos.


Are there upgraded seating tickets?
Yes, premium seating will be available for the first time this year.


Do the food and souvenir vendors take cards?
Most of the vendors will accept major credit cards, but there will be ATMs on-site.


Are there only a limited number of base passes available?
Yes. The basic concept of the base pass program revolves around limited the traffic entering and exiting the base. When the number of base passes has reached the air base's capacity, a "sold out" notice will be posted on the site. The number of passes available to the public has increased by 25% from the 2022 Airshow, making the event more accessible to the whole community.


What happens when the passes sell out completely?
Base passes only limit the number of vehicles parking on the base, NOT the number of people attending. It is still possible to carpool with someone who has a pass.


Will there be anything for young children to do there?
Absolutely! Not only is there a Kid's Zone filled with fun activities, there will also be a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Showcase packed with interactive booths and entertaining happenings.



DoD ID HOLDERS ONLY

Will there be a DoD Family Day this year?
Absolutely! All DoD ID card holders are strongly encouraged to attend the Family Day on Friday 4/19. All performers (including the Thunderbirds) will be practicing their maneuvers and the show times will be identical to Saturday and Sunday. There will also be select concessions available and there is no need to have a base pass.



I have base access with my DoD ID card. Why do I still need a base pass on Saturday or Sunday?
The base pass is a control mechanism for the number of vehicles entering and exiting the base. Even though you have base access, your vehicle still occupied space during ingress and egress.



I have to work my normal DoD job on the air base on Saturday and/or Sunday. Do I need a base pass?
No, because you are not parking on the flight line. You will be granted access to the base with your DoD ID card and permitted access to the blocked parking lots by one of our traffic attendants.



I have a marked parking spot over at building ____. I can just park there, walk to the show and not have to get a parking pass, right?
No, because all parking lots will be blocked. Foot traffic of any type crossing the roads during ingress and egress of the show causes major detriment to the overall operation. All Airshow attendees shall park on the flight line for the best experience of all those in attendance.

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Contact the event directly at: (615) 223-1008
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SATURDAY - Parking Pass
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1 Parking Pass Per Vehicle. PARKING PASS MUST BE PRINTED.

SUNDAY - Parking Pass
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1 Parking Pass Per Vehicle. PARKING PASS MUST BE PRINTED.





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On the weekend of April 20-21, Joint Base Charleston will welcome the public to come watch the spectacular “HEROES OF FLIGHT” show featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds!

Address: Joint Base Charleston, 102 E Hill Blvd, SC 29404

The gates will open at 9 a.m., the show will start at noon, and the show is expected to end by 4 p.m.


PREMIUM SEATING TICKETS AVAILABLE AT AIRSHOWCHARLESTON.COM



0-1.jpg



WALK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

If you do not have a parking pass, entrance into the show gates will not be permitted on Saturday or Sunday. You will be turned away without an official parking pass.


Viewing areas outside and around the base are not managed by the show, so we can not suggest any other area to be able to view the show - we do not have any information on other viewing locations.


4371587358206013134246946170196772302683556n.jpg



GATES OPEN AT 9:00AM
SHOW STARTS AT NOON



ENTRY & EXIT FAQs

How much do tickets cost?
The 2024 Charleston Airshow is free to the public, however every vehicle will require a free base pass to park on the installation.


Does every person in my car need a base pass?
No, the base pass is only for the vehicle to park. So, a car with four people would only need one base pass.


Are tickets and parking passes free?
The show is completely free to the general public. Again, you do NOT need a paid ticket to attend the Charleston Airshow.


Will there be handicapped parking available?
Yes, there will be designated portions of the parking lots for properly-marked handicapped vehicles.


Is tailgating allowed?
No, parking lots are reserved for transiting to and from the show only.


Do I need a military ID?
No, this event is open to the public.


Will I be able to leave and return from the show?
Yes, however you will have to process through the security checkpoint again.


Why am I required to print my base pass and display it on my dashboard? Doesn't everyone have a mobile device nowadays?
Printed passes displayed in the dash allow for rapid checking at the gates. Alternate methods, such as displaying on a mobile device, would hinder the traffic flow.


I don't have a printer. What should I do?
Every branch of the Charleston County Public Library provides printers to the public for a nominal fee of 10 cents per page. If this cost is a barrier to entry, please contact our planning team at the links on our website and we will assist you.


Can I take a ride share to the event (Uber, Lyft, etc.)?
Ridesharing apps are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED. First, the driver will probably not have a base pass to either drop you off or pick you up. Second, there is no designated area for ride share drivers to pick up riders. Third, during ingress and egress of the base, the traffic lanes will be reversed making it nearly impossible for a driver to come and get you.



GENERAL EVENT FAQs

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?
Yes, there will be food, drinks, alcoholic drinks (with an I.D. check), and souvenirs available throughout the show area.


Can I bring my own bottled water & folding chairs?                                               
Sealed water bottles/reusable water bottles are allowed. "Collapsible seating" and blankets are allowed. 


Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the event, with proper I.D. You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages into the Airshow.

Will there be restrooms and facilities at the show?
Yes, portable restrooms will be located throughout the event, including handicapped-accessible units. Handwashing and sanitization stations will also be available, as well as a nursing station. There will also be mobile water tanks available with potable water for public consumption.


What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed. Unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of our visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications. In the event of an Airshow cancellation or delayed opening, announcements will be coordinated with local news agencies and disseminated via social media channels with information as it becomes available. It is impossible to reschedule the show for a different weekend in the event of a cancellation.


When are the Thunderbirds performing?
The Thunderbirds will close both shows on Saturday and Sunday.


Will there be any shade?
The open flight line offers no shade. There will be some large, static aircraft with wingspans that provide limited shade.


Will there be any medical services provided?
First aid will be available to treat minor ailments such as dehydration, minor cuts, bruises, and applications of emergency medications (such as Epi-pens). On-site medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries and illnesses.


Can I take pictures and videos, or livestream the event from my mobile device?
Absolutely! There are no restrictions on photography, however be aware that the show will feature copyrighted background music that JB Charleston has paid a license fee that will not cover personal videos.


Are there upgraded seating tickets?
Yes, premium seating will be available for the first time this year.


Do the food and souvenir vendors take cards?
Most of the vendors will accept major credit cards, but there will be ATMs on-site.


Are there only a limited number of base passes available?
Yes. The basic concept of the base pass program revolves around limited the traffic entering and exiting the base. When the number of base passes has reached the air base's capacity, a "sold out" notice will be posted on the site. The number of passes available to the public has increased by 25% from the 2022 Airshow, making the event more accessible to the whole community.


What happens when the passes sell out completely?
Base passes only limit the number of vehicles parking on the base, NOT the number of people attending. It is still possible to carpool with someone who has a pass.


Will there be anything for young children to do there?
Absolutely! Not only is there a Kid's Zone filled with fun activities, there will also be a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Showcase packed with interactive booths and entertaining happenings.



DoD ID HOLDERS ONLY

Will there be a DoD Family Day this year?
Absolutely! All DoD ID card holders are strongly encouraged to attend the Family Day on Friday 4/19. All performers (including the Thunderbirds) will be practicing their maneuvers and the show times will be identical to Saturday and Sunday. There will also be select concessions available and there is no need to have a base pass.



I have base access with my DoD ID card. Why do I still need a base pass on Saturday or Sunday?
The base pass is a control mechanism for the number of vehicles entering and exiting the base. Even though you have base access, your vehicle still occupied space during ingress and egress.



I have to work my normal DoD job on the air base on Saturday and/or Sunday. Do I need a base pass?
No, because you are not parking on the flight line. You will be granted access to the base with your DoD ID card and permitted access to the blocked parking lots by one of our traffic attendants.



I have a marked parking spot over at building ____. I can just park there, walk to the show and not have to get a parking pass, right?
No, because all parking lots will be blocked. Foot traffic of any type crossing the roads during ingress and egress of the show causes major detriment to the overall operation. All Airshow attendees shall park on the flight line for the best experience of all those in attendance.





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    DATE AND TIME
    Gates open at 9AM both days
    Traffic flow into the base will close at 1:30PM
    LOCATION
    Joint Base Charleston
    102 E Hill BLVD
    Charleston, SC 29404
    OFFICIAL WEBSITE

    Event Help / Information

    For parking information or assistance with your parking pass, please contact us at the number below. We cannot assist with premium seating tickets, please contact the vendor from which you purchased the premium seating.

    Resend Help Center Contact

    Contact the event:
    (615) 223-1008

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