St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations originally began as a religious feast day, but have quickly become a full-on celebration of Irish culture. Communities around the United States, including Charleston, South Carolina, put on an event that attracts visitors from around the state. The feast day has a long, interesting history and there’s nothing quite like a St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston.

St. Patrick, born to a Roman-British army officer, was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent several years in prison before receiving a message from God. Shortly after, he escaped and made a journey to France where he joined a monastery. After 12 years in training, he returned to Ireland to convert the population, establish monasteries and schools, and preach to the masses.

Four-leaf clovers on the forest floor

St. Patrick’s Day

Judging by the widespread celebration of Irish culture, St. Patrick was successful in his efforts. While the legends surrounding the saint, who was likely born around the year 400, continue to grow, so do the celebrations of Irish culture.

The St. Patrick’s Parade and Block Party brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Three stages of live music, street vending, local vendors, and a Kid’s Zone make Charleston a great place to celebrate Irish culture with the masses.

We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Celebrating independence on the Fourth of July

A brief history of Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks

This week, America will celebrate the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. The holiday will be full of events including parades, fireworks, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and other ceremonies.

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A Century of Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a truly remarkable company to make it through the recent recession, let alone every struggle through the last hundred years.   Founded in 1911, Chevy has seen years of innovation and change.  Here is a brief history.

1911 – Founded by William Durant and Louis Chevrolet.

1913 – Durant adopts the iconic logo.

1953 – Introduction of the Corvette, which was the first mass produced sports car. 300 were produced around $3,500 each.

1955 – Introduction of the infamous small-block V8 engine.

1967 – Introduction of the Camaro.

2007 – The first electric concept car by a major manufacturer is introduced… The Chevrolet Volt.

2011 – Chevrolet rebounds after GM’s bankruptcy and sells 2.35 million cars in the first half of the year, a new record.

It seems as if Chevrolet is gaining strength for another century long drive.