Your guide to fireworks on the Fourth

July 3, 2014 

4th of July Blast at Patriots Pont in Charleston


There’s plenty of fireworks planned Friday evening in the Midlands:

FREEDOM FESTIVAL: 1-10 p.m. Friday at Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch Roads. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, the event will feature balloon art, car show by the Wildhorses Mustang Car Club, exhibits by the Richland County Sheriff’s department, 1-4 p.m.; live music by Ronnie McDowell, 6-8:30 p.m. and Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band, 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.

LEXINGTON COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL: Head to Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert. The all-day event will feature arts, crafts, children’s rides, entertainment, great food and more. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Friday. Visit the website for a detailed schedule of events.

COLUMBIA BLOWFISH: Following the Columbia Blowfish game Friday, stick around for a tribute to the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, and, of course, fireworks. The game against the Florence Redwolves begins at 7 p.m.

STAR SPANGLED SYMPHONIC SALUTE: 6-9 p.m. Friday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m., a concert by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra starts at 8 p.m., featuring a range of music from Broadway songs to patriotic tunes to sing-alongs. Check out the food truck rodeo with food and drinks available for purchase. Parking, $5.

BLUES & BBQ ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Friday at Coble Plaza, Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (behind EdVenture Children’s Museum). There will be fun, food, blues featuring Elliott & the Untouchables and fire on the water display at 8:30 p.m. $15 per person for the terrace seating, which includes food and beverages, no coolers permitted. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100

TORCHLIGHT TATTOO: 8 p.m. Friday at Hilton Field, Fort Jackson. Formal ceremony features a cannon salute to each state and territory in the United States, music by the 282nd Army Band and a 30-minute fireworks display, as well as games, crafts and rides for families with small children. Arrive early for the best seats and parking. Access to the fort may be through Gate 2 (Forest Drive/Strom Thurmond Boulevard), Gate 4 (Percival and Boyden Arbor roads) or Gate 5 (Leesburg Road). Ages 10 and older must have a valid state or government issued identification card for entry. Vehicle drivers must possess a valid driver’s license, valid proof of insurance and registration. Motorcycle riders must wear a DOT approved helmet, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeved shirt/jacket and reflective vest or clothing. Food and drink concessions will be available beginning 4 p.m. Pets, grills, alcoholic beverages, firearms and personal fireworks are not permitted and coolers are not allowed in the bleachers (lawn chairs and blankets welcome for use in the field).

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