Congaree Fireflies Festival Lottery

Congaree National Park

*Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns this year’s firefly experience will be significantly reduced in size* 

Congaree National Park is home to a number of different species of fireflies, but it is the synchronized fireflies that lure thousands of people to the park each spring. These fireflies are one of only a few species around the world that synchronize their flash patterns in a majestic ritual that heralds the coming of summer. This late springtime display is part of their annual mating ritual that takes place for approximately two weeks, typically beginning around mid-May, along the edge of the Congaree floodplain. 

During the evenings of May 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29, entry to the park will be limited to only 25 vehicles displaying a valid event pass. Event passes will be distributed via lottery in order to provide an equitable opportunity for all interested visitors in this limited, yet high-demand event. During the event, the park entrance gates will close to entry at 4:00 PM. Day-use visitors will exit the park by this time. Access to the firefly viewing area will open to ticket holders at 6:30 PM. During non-event days the frontcountry areas of the park (including the entrance road, campgrounds, and visitor center) will be closed to the public after 4:00 PM. 

Please visit the park’s Fireflies webpage for additional information about this event. 

• Lottery Opens: April 15, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT

• Lottery Closes: April 19, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT

• Results Announced: April 23, 2021

• Event Dates: May 20-22 & 27-29, 2021

*Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns this year’s firefly experience will be significantly reduced in size* 

Congaree National Park is home to a number of different species of fireflies, but it is the synchronized fireflies that lure thousands of people to the park each spring. These fireflies are one of only a few species around the world that synchronize their flash patterns in a majestic ritual that heralds the coming of summer. This late springtime display is part of their annual mating ritual that takes place for approximately two weeks, typically beginning around mid-May, along the edge of the Congaree floodplain. 

During the evenings of May 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29, entry to the park will be limited to only 25 vehicles displaying a valid event pass. Event passes will be distributed via lottery in order to provide an equitable opportunity for all interested visitors in this limited, yet high-demand event. During the event, the park entrance gates will close to entry at 4:00 PM. Day-use visitors will exit the park by this time. Access to the firefly viewing area will open to ticket holders at 6:30 PM. During non-event days the frontcountry areas of the park (including the entrance road, campgrounds, and visitor center) will be closed to the public after 4:00 PM. 

Please visit the park’s Fireflies webpage for additional information about this event. 

• Lottery Opens: April 15, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT

• Lottery Closes: April 19, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT

• Results Announced: April 23, 2021

• Event Dates: May 20-22 & 27-29, 2021

Need to Know

Changes and Cancellations

Cost

Congaree Firefly Viewing Experience Lottery

Vehicle Parking Pass - $20.00

Max Number of Passengers – 12 (All passengers must be legally seated) 

Changes and Cancellations

There are no refunds, changes, or cancellations allowed for this event. All lottery applicants will be charged a $1.00, non-refundable application fee. Successful applicants will automatically be awarded a vehicle entry pass, and remaining balance will be charged to the same credit or debit card used for the application fee. If the charge to the credit card is declined for any reason, the reservation will be forfeited. Passes for no-shows will be forfeited and deemed void, and refunds will not be issued. Entry passes are only valid for the date specified.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

100 National Park Road Hopkins SC 29061

Phone Number

803-776-4396

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