HOLIDAY FORECAST: Rain is a possibility throughout the Fourth of July in the Midlands, with the highest probability early in the day. Fireworks might still work out because the chance of rain drops after dark, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s Wednesday in the Water at Maxcy Gregg pool, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., admission, $3; $2 for age 12 and younger. The venue for the Celebrity Kickball game will be Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. – Police vs. Fire, 6 p.m.; Pros vs. Joes at 7 p.m., followed by the finals at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation.
The 55th annual 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, R-S.C., 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://lexingtoncounty peachfestival.com
Let’s Go Sailing sessions, 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday at Southshore Marina, 3072 U.S. 378, Batesburg-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.villageat sandhill.com
The city’s Red, Hot and Blue events continue Thursday with the Riverfront Rollout (boating, bluegrass and barbecue) from 2-7 p.m. at Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. You can float your boat for $20; rentals are $30; reservation deadline for rentals is Wednesday and fees include meal. Nature walks will be going on all day, children’s activities start at 3 p.m. There will be a duck race at 4:30 p.m.; proceeds benefit Creative Journey, an art resource program for the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. First Thursdays on Main Street will be 5-10 p.m. in front of the Museum of Art. The Columbia Blowfish host the Gastonia Grizzlies at Capital City Stadium; game time is 7:05 p.m.; fireworks will follow.
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 20-30 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. The scaled-back event is funded by the post’s Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate rather than tax dollars.
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, (residents, $4); vans with 12 or more passengers, $7/$6; buses, $11/$10. (803) 400-3540; http://lmso.org