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About the First Day Festival

The success of the First Day Festival would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of so many. Thank you so much to the First Day Festival Planning Team, all exhibitors and volunteers, our School Supply Partners, and Honor Roll Partners. Your commitment to the Festival and to our community helped make this the best First Day Festival yet!


The First Day of School Initiative is a community-wide celebration of education that encourages parents to attend school with their children on the first day, urges businesses to support parents by giving them time off to get involved in their child’s education, and enhances public engagement in our schools. First Day of School Initiative encourages widespread support for the education of our community’s children.  Our goal is to ensure that all students are able to start school with the resources necessary to participate fully in the learning process. 

Charleston welcomes thousands of students and their families to its annual First Day Festival in August.  At the Festival students and their families receive school supplies; learn about student support services; learn about healthy snacks; and enjoy Festival entertainment, Aquarium tours, & boat rides at no cost to attendees.  The Festival is made possible through contributions from individuals and businesses alike.  The First Day of School Initiative is a wonderful way to unite the community around an important cause.   

The 11th Annual First Day Festival was held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Liberty Square at the SC Aquarium and the Charleston Maritime Center.

To learn about the background and History of the First Day Festival, click here.

How You Can Get Involved

The success of the First Day Initiative is dependent upon collaborative partnerships and extraordinary community support.  Our partners provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support for the First Day Festival. Organizations that show support in one or more of the following ways are recognized on the First Day Festival Honor Roll. 

Please contact us to support the First Day Festival in the one of the following ways:

  • Become a business/honor roll partner with a contribution                 
  • Promote the First Day Festival  at your business with posters
  • Collect and donate school supplies to be distributed at the First Day Festival
  • Volunteer individually or organize a group to volunteer at the Festival          
  • Get involved in our schools~ call us to connect with your neighborhood school

Click here to find out more about all of the exciting things that happened at the 11th Annual First Day Festival!