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2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations Around Columbia

2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations Around Columbia | Columbia SC Moms BlogEdVenture’s Americana Day

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia , SC 29201

Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission

Details: Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue to get ready for the 240th birthday of the USA, and learn what it means to be American. Guests will have an opportunity to meet local baseball stars, and flags will be flying! 


Lake Murray Boat Parade 2017

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time: noon – 10 p.m.

Location: Parade begins at Bomb Island heading towards the dam

Cost: Free, but if watching from one of the Lake Murray Dam park sites admission is $2 per car.

Details: The theme for this year is “A Star Spangled Celebration.” Call or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center to get registered (2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia, (803) 781-5940). The best place to view the Boat Parade is via boat, but it can also be seen at the park sites at the Lake Murray Dam.


Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Saturday, July 1; Monday, July 3; Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: 7:05 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. 

Location: Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Cost: $6 – $9

Details: Each game includes a fireworks display, with Sunday and Monday and Tuesday night’s games having a special theme for fireworks.

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Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration 2017

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time: approximately 9:15 p.m. (gates at Dreher Island State Park close at 8 p.m.)

Location: Multiple – Lake Murray Dam park sites and walking path, 2068 North Lake Drive, Columbia , SC 29210 or 1832 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072; Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC 29127

Cost: Lake Murray Dam park sites – $3 per car; Walking path on Lake Murray Dam – free; Dreher Island State Park – $2 for adults, $1.25 SC Seniors, FREE for children 15 years and younger.

Details: Beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray. Fireworks will be set off from two great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. The show is choreographed to a patriotic concert that will air simultaneously on B106.7. The best places to view the fireworks are Dreher Island State Park and both parks at the Lake Murray dam. Bring a chair or blanket, picnics are welcomed. No Alcohol Permitted at any of the locations.


30th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017

Time: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Location: First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Free, but must reserve tickets in advance by calling (803) 256-4251.

Details: The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is a flag waving celebration of our freedom and those who have sacrificed to preserve and protect it. With a cast of more than 400, thousands of flags, and indoor fireworks your whole family will be thrilled with this wonderful presentation!


Star Spangled Symphonic Salute

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017

Time: Games, food, and activities will be available beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Cost: Concert is free with park admission ($5 fee)

Details: Celebrate Independence Day at Saluda Shoals Park with a concert featuring the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra! The Symphony will perform a range of music from Broadway songs to patriotic music to sing-alongs! Remember to bring a picnic blanket or chair. A food truck and Kona Ice will offer food for purchase. Ed’s Bartending will also have beer and wine available for purchase. No coolers or alcoholic beverages. Pets are discouraged from the event area.


A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue Celebration

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Location: Doko Meadows Park, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood, SC 29016

Cost: Free (food vendors available at cost)

Details: The Town of Blythewood will host “A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue Celebration. Music begins at 5 p.m. (5 – 6:30 p.m. Blues Deluxe, 7 – 9:30 p.m. DB Bryant) Food vendors include: Doko Smoke • Kona Ice • Scotties • The Donut Guy • The Haute Dog Lady • The Nutty Squirrel • Randolph Italian Ice • Sweat Peas Ice Cream • Palmetto Polar Snow Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.! Bring your lawn chairs (no coolers please) and your family for a fun filled night!

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EdVenture’s Military Appreciation Day

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia , SC 29201

Cost: Free admission for all military and their families!

Details: Come celebrate Independence Day with Edventure, as they recognize the contributions and sacrifice that military children make alongside their military parents. Free lunch provided for all military dependents 12 and under, and free admission for guests showing military identification.


Lexington County Peach Festival

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m

Location: Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert , SC 29054

Cost: Free, but parking locations may charge $4. Arts and crafts, children’s rides, and great foods will be available for varying fees.

Details: As the Lexington County Peach Festival celebrates its 59th year on July 4th, the Festival offers a full day of fun with the celebration of America’s birthday. Arts and crafts, children’s rides, and great foods will be available for varying fees. A parade, three stages of entertainment, an antique tractor and farm equipment display, a car show, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment, and a fireworks show will be available without charge. The Revolutionary War Re-enactment will host cannon firings at specific times of the day as well as a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon.

Enjoy the activities, the shade, and the BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and peach cobbler. BBQ plate lunches will be available in the park beginning at 11:00 a.m. Other food items available are BBQ pork and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach slush, peach parfaits, peach zip, peach berry split, peach sundaes, peach tea, peach delights, fresh peaches, soft drinks, bottled water, and iced tea. Plate lunches and cobbler are only available during the lunch hours.


Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon

Location: Corner of Harper and Hunt Streets, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Free

Details: Get your gear, decorate your bike, stroller, wagon, etc. To be in the parade, meet at the corner of Harper and Hunt between 9-9:20 a.m. To watch the parade, park yourself anywhere along Harper Street. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. 


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15 Responses to 2017 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations Around Columbia

  1. Mee Jean
    Mee Jean June 19, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Town of Blythewood
    Fireworks,Food & Music

    Monday, July 3
    4:00 to 10:00 pm
    Doko Meadow Park

    • NaVonna July 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      Are they doing another one tonight in Blythewood?

      • Tiffany Nettles
        Tiffany Nettles July 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

        We have only heard about the one they had yesterday.

  2. Sherry Hoskins June 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Is there a date or news about Ft. Jackson’s fireworks this year?

    • Hannah Gunning June 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

      One of our Mom’s Blog military moms checked this for us, and found out they don’t have anything planned this year as of last week!

      • Sherry June 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

        Thank you!

        • Hannah Gunning June 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

          You’re welcome!

    • Shameika June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      I’d like to know the same thing. Everything I’m finding is either referencing last year’s celebration or for this year looks like they had torchlight tattoo and fireworks at the centennial celebration at the first part of the month. June 2nd I believe. Certainly hoping this didn’t take the place of the celebration that’s normally for Independence Day.

    • Shameika June 25, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Hannah,

      Sorry I didn’t see your response to Sherry’s question. Do you know if the blog has been updated for this week yet and maybe they have something planned now?

      • Hannah Gunning June 26, 2017 at 9:32 am #

        I’ll check again and see what I can find! I have been looking off and on since I wrote this one just to see if there were any updates. I wish/hope they would do them…that’s such a fun event!

  3. Abby June 26, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    The Columbia Fireflies Independence Day Celebration on July 3. Great fireworks after the game. Game time: 7:05.

  4. William R Cullis June 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    For all of you wondering Fort Jackson has nothing planned for this year as they did the 100 years of Fort Jackson in early June

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles June 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks for the information!

  5. Nikki July 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    Can you bring your dogs out o the Lexington Peach Festival?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles July 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

      Hmmm… we’re not sure. You may want to check their website or facebook page for more details.

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