Fourth of July in the Midlands
The Lexington County Peach Festival is July 4 at Gilbert Community Park. Enjoy lots of peachy treats, entertainment, rides and fun for the family, and a peach parade. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Lexington County Peach Festival beauty pageant is Saturday, June 29, at Gilbert Primary School.
The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra headlines a Star Spangled Symphonic Salute and laser light show at a Fourth of July celebration at Saluda Shoals Park. Performance time is 8 p.m. but come earlier and set up a picnic. The concert is free with park admission.
Details: lmso.org or (803) 772-1228
The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is June 30 at Columbia’s First Baptist Church at 1306 Hampton St., with shows at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. It’s a flag-waiving salute to the men and women who serve our country. Get free tickets starting by calling (803) 217-3250 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Columbia Blowfish will play an evening game against Gastonia on Thursday, July 4; after the game, enjoy fireworks at Capital City Stadium on Assembly Street.
Come to The Village at Sandhill for Freedom Fest on July 4. The fest, beginning at 1 p.m., features amusement rides, a Mustang car show and fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, the event is free.
Fort Jackson’s Fourth of July Celebration will go on despite the federal government sequestrations, though people who go every year might notice some cutbacks. It’s at Hilton Field, and the gates open at 4 p.m. There will be muse by the 282nd Army “Victory Band” and fireworks. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but bleacher seating will be available.