All park sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1). This includes Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie.
A special park use (SPU) is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Each request to permit a special park use or to renew authorization of an existing use will be reviewed and evaluated by the park superintendent.
Appropriate fees for cost recovery, as well as performance bond and liability insurance requirements, will be imposed, consistent with applicable statutory authorities and regulations. All costs incurred by the park service in writing the permit, monitoring, providing protection services, restoring park areas, or otherwise supporting a special park use will be reimbursed by the permittee. When appropriate, the Park Service will also include a fair charge for the use of the land or facility.
Please note that you may only apply for a Special Use Permit for activities that are to take place within 12 months of the application's date.
To apply for a Special Use Permit, call Mark Davis at (843) 883-3123 x 25 or send e-mail. For detailed information on permit procedures and costs, please review these documents:
Did You Know?
Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC