Things to do and see in the Midlands, June 28-July 4

Columbia - The StateJune 28, 2013 

Friday, June 28

Prime Time in the Parks, 7-11 tonight at Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Ave., and Woodlands Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway. Recreational activities such as basketball, roller skating and board games in a safe and entertaining environment for ages 13-18. Events will be held Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 9 at various city parks. (803) 545-3100

Friday night dance, 7:30-10:30 tonight at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Celebrate Independence Day early with live music by the Dancetimers, BYOB and snacks, coffee and soda will be available. $5 per person. (803) 779-1971

Saturday, June 29

Hewitt 5K walk/run, 8 a.m. Saturday at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. The event is in memory of Parker and Haley Hewitt, who died in an automobile accident June 29, 2009. Proceeds will be donated to the Hewitt Pavilion Fund at Chapin Baptist Church. Register at http://www.



Don’t bother checking your calendar, the Lake Murray Fourth of July Celebration will begin at noon Saturday. Boat parade participants are encouraged to decorate their boats according to this year’s theme, “Red, White & Bling,” meet at Bomb Island and cruise toward the dam for judging. Grand prize is $500. At dusk, fireworks will launch from Dreher and Spence islands; the fireworks will be synchronized to a patriotic music show. (Tune in to Cumulus stations to hear the show.) SCE&G’s parks at the Lake Murray Dam will be open all day on a first-come to capacity basis. Free. (803) 781-5940; http://www.

Sunday, June 30

The Celebration of Liberty will be presented at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton St. Choirs, music, indoor fireworks. Free tickets available by calling (803) 217-3250. If you miss it, the event will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on all S.C. ETV stations.

Wednesday, July 3

Sesquicentennial State Park’s Children’s Nature Series will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at 9564 Two Notch Road. Ages 5-12 will uncover the fascinating secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5; registration deadline is July 1. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 788-2706 or email

Thursday, July 4

The Lexington County Peach Festival will be 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at the Gilbert Community Park (Rikard Circle, behind Gilbert UMC, between Gilbert Primary and Gilbert Middle schools). The parade begins at 9:30 a.m.; U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will serve as Grand Marshal and will speak at the 11 a.m. program in the Gilbert Primary School cafetorium. Event will feature Peach Queens, peach recipe contest, live entertainment, arts and crafts, car show, Revolutionary War re-enactment, tractor and farm equipment show, volleyball tournament and fireworks display. http:// lexingtoncountypeach

Let’s Go Sailing sessions, 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday at Southshore Marina, 3072 U.S. 378, Leesville. Lanier Sailing Academy is offering jaunts on Lake Murray for $30 per person. Introductory lesson or let the skipper do all of the work. Maximum of four guests per session. Reservations required, call (803) 317-9070.

Village at Sandhill’s Freedom Festival is slated for 1-10 p.m. Thursday at 481 Town Center Place (Clemson and Two Notch roads, between I-20 and I-77). Festival will feature live music, children’s activities, Wildhorses Mustang Car Club show, Richland County Sheriff’s Department exhibits and fireworks show. (803) 419-0235; http://www.

Newberry Fireworks Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newberry High School, 3113 Main St. Games for children, food, fireworks. Sponsored by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, free, but donations may be made to the Newberry County Law Enforcement Association. (803) 231-2211

Fort Jackson’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Field. This year’s ceremony will feature music by the 282nd Army Band, a display by soldiers in period uniforms and a 20- to 30-minute fireworks display. Enter at Gate 2, Forest Drive/Strom Thurmond Boulevard; Gate 4, Percival/Boyden Arbor roads; or Gate 5, Leesburg Road. Valid state or government-issued ID, valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration required. Motorcycle riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeved shirts/jackets and reflective vests or clothing. Arrive early; at 8:45 p.m. Gates 1, 4 and 5 will become exit only; Gate 2 will allow entry to the post, but late arrivals will be directed to a parking lot where the fireworks display will be visible. Food and drink concessions will be available at Hilton Field beginning at 4 p.m. Pets, grills, alcoholic beverages, firearms and personal fireworks at not permitted and coolers are discouraged in the bleachers. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for use on the field. The softball complex will be open to families with small children and will include games, crafts and carnival-type rides.

Star-Spangled Symphonic Salute, 9 p.m. Thursday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Celebration will feature the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra and a choreographed live, symphonic laser light show. Picnics welcome, refreshments available for sale from concession stands; bring a blanket or a lawn chair for outdoor seating. Free with vehicle parking fee — cars or minivans, $5, (district residents, $4); vans with 12 or more passengers, $7/$6; buses, $11/$10. (803) 400-3540;


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