Veterans from World War II onward to Iraq and Afghanistan will be on hand Sundayas First Baptist Church opens Fourth of July week festivities with its splashy 26th annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty.
The flag-filled red, white-and-blue celebration at the historic downtown church will feature flags, musical performances and songs made from all of America’s wars, from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and conclude with indoor fireworks.
The performances are set for 4 and 7:30 p.m., with doors opening one hour before the performances. All tickets have been distributed for the 4 p.m. performance but about 800 remain for the 7:30 p.m. performance, said church spokeswoman Sylvia Rish. The free tickets are available at the church box office, 1306 Hampton St., which will be open Saturday 9 a.m.-noon.
Along with the First Baptist choir and orchestra, the Fort Jackson 282nd Army Band and the All Star Brass Band featuring students from area high schools will perform. Color guards from all branches of the armed services will salute veterans. This year, veterans of the Korean war will be highlighted, said Rish, although all military personnel will have an opportunity to stand and be recognized.
“We do have a special song that came from the Korean war that will be sung,” she said. SCETV will air an edited version of the hour-long program on July 4 at 7pm.
Among the special guests: