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2018 Guide to 4th of July Fireworks & Celebrations Around Columbia

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Lake Murray 4th of July Boat Parade 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: noon

Location: Parade begins between 12 – 12:30 p.m. at Bomb Island heading towards the dam. Once boats have fallen in line behind the lead boat, the parade will head towards Lake Murray Dam. The parade will pass both the Lexington and Irmo parks at Lake Murray Dam. Therefore, both park sites are ideal for viewing the parade.

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 Cheers to 30 Years.” Call or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center to get registered (2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia, (803) 781-5940). 


Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

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/truck, $2 per motorcycle, $5 per bus; 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. In honor of our 30th anniversary, the fireworks show will be 30 minutes long this year. Viewers of the fireworks show will be able to tune into WTCB/B106.7 FM and WOMG/Classic Hits 98.5 for music that will be synced to the fireworks extravaganza. 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.


31st Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Time: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (doors open 1 hour prior to each performance)

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 the longest running event of its kind in our state. It has been seen in person by well over 100,000 people and on television by untold thousands. From parades to indoor fireworks, the celebration is a flag waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving. With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of hundreds you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom, our founding, and our future! Joe Pinner will once again be with us to celebrate his 31st anniversary as master of Ceremonies! Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event!


Star Spangled Symphonic Salute

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Time: 7 – 9 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.


Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Tuesday, July 3; Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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: Includes patriotic themed fireworks and more!


Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

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

Cost: Free

Details: Nobody celebrates an All-American 4th of July quite like Newberrians. On the morning of the 4th the residents of the Harper Street neighborhood celebrate Independence Day by parading down Harper Street in decorated bikes, tricycles, golf carts, and outfits of red, white, and blue, for a good hosing at the end of the road by the Newberry Fire Department!

Military Appreciation Day – July 4th

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission

Details: EdVenture with be decorated in flags as it recognizes the contributions and sacrifice that military children make alongside their military parents. The museum will offer free admission on this day to guests showing military identification. Free bag lunch for military children under 12.

Activities include:

  • World Map – place pin or sticker where you have lived- Lobby (All Day)
  • Science of fireworks – Bio Lab (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
  • Honor our Fallen Heroes Wall– 2nd floor (All Day)
  • Bald Eagle Activity – Tinker Tech (All Day)
  • Patriotic Storytime – EdVenture Library (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.)
    • I Pledge of Allegiance – by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez  
    • America: A Patriotic Primer – by Lynne Cheney 
  • Statue of Liberty Crown – AHA! Factory (All Day)
  • Write a Thank You Note to our Military – Main Lobby (All Day)

Lexington County Peach Festival

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 8 a.m. – 10:20 p.m. (check event website for specific activity start times)

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

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

Details: As the Lexington County Peach Festival celebrates its 60th year on July 4th, the Festival offers a full day of fun with the celebration of America’s birthday. Festivities include antique car show, live entertainment, patriotic parade, art & craft vendors, carnival rides, great food like BBQ & peach desserts, fireworks, and more! 


Columbia Fireflies Baseball & Independence Day Celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 6:05 p.m.

Location: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: $5 – $10; parking $3

Details: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show and celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday with the Fireflies!


Fourth of July Fireworks

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: Dark-thirty

Location: Newberry High School’s Mike Ware Field, 3419 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Not listed, so bring cash just in case!

Details: The Newberry County Sheriff’s office invites all to their annual 4th of July Fireworks Show at Newberry High School. The evening begins with kids’ inflatables and goodies from food trucks around the Newberry High School football field. Once dusk has settled the community gathers to sing the National Anthem and watch the fireworks light up the summer night sky.


EdVenture’s Americana Day

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018

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 with what it means to be American. Guests will have an opportunity to meet local Fireflies baseball stars and Glow with Mason, and flags will be flying in anticipation of the 242nd birthday of the USA! 


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2 Responses to 2018 Guide to 4th of July Fireworks & Celebrations Around Columbia

  1. Sierra June 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    The Brookland Beach Bash is July 7. No fireworks, but it will have free family fun from 12 to 10:30 in west Columbia.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles June 30, 2018 at 11:07 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! We’d love to include the details. Do you have a link with more information?

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