First Day Festival

The 2021 First Day Festival 

The First Day Festival will be held Sunday, August 8, 1:00-4:00 PM at The Charleston Gaillard Center and SC Aquarium!  We are excited to welcome children, families, service providers, and educators to celebrate the start of the new school year!  We will have Exhibitors on hand to provide information on resources and services, a free food distribution sponsored by the Lowcountry Food Bank, a school supply distribution, and Festival attendees can enjoy free admission to the SC Aquarium on a limited basis.  

Call for School Supply Donations 

Each year thousands of pre-packed backpacks are passed out to children in attendance, and we rely on donations from businesses, civic organizations, faith-based institutions, and individuals to pack the bags with the supplies students need to start the year off right.  Having their own supplies helps build excitement and empowers the students to achieve their academic goals.  We hope you will consider joining us as a School Supply Drive Partner by running a drive within your business or community, or donate supplies directly at the  locations below.


  • Arthur Christopher Community Center
  • St. Julian Devine Community Center
  • 75 Calhoun Street- City of Charleston
  • 823 Meeting Street- City of Charleston

West Ashley/James island

  • James Island Recreation Center
  • Bees Landing Recreation Center
  • Hindu Temple of Charleston, 1740 Jervey Ave

North Charleston/Daniel Island

  • Charleston County public service building
  • Daniel Island Recreation Center

FDF Flyer!  School Supply Drive Flyer!  Link to Volunteer Sign up:!