Getaway weekend in SC

Fourth of July fireworks over a harbor, or a waterfall

July 3, 2014 

JIM VICKERS

If you’ve experienced the Fourth of July fireworks shows at the Lexington County Peach Festival or Fort Jackson several times, consider starting the holiday weekend this year “ooohing” and “aaahing” at one of the other large fireworks shows in the state.

Here are some of the best:

Charleston: The big show is launched from a barge in the Cooper River. Want the best view? Pay $30 for a spot on the battleship Yorktown on the edge of the harbor. But any spot on the waterfront works. Because of the flat topography of the coast, just about any rooftop in the area also offers a good view. Keep on eye on the weather forecast, but Tropical Storm Arthur could be well clear of the S.C. coast by Friday night.

Grand Strand: You can choose between the carnival atmosphere at Broadway at the Beach, the beach groove at piers at Surfside Beach or Cherry Grove, or the inland waterway event at Murrells Inlet. As in Charleston, an elevated vantage point can allow viewers to see multiple fireworks displays if your perch gives a panoramic view.

Greenville: The Red, White and Blue event in downtown features live music from 5:15 p.m. until the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Several blocks downtown around the beautiful Falls Park are blocked off for the street party. It’s all free, but parking is $5 in most areas around the event. This is your obvious choice if you are worried about Tropical Storm Arthur.

Joey Holleman

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