july 4th

Celebrate independence in Columbia

Where to watch fireworks, celebrate July 4 holiday in the Midlands

A day at the lake

You can celebrate America’s independence all day June 29 on Lake Murray at the 31st annual boat parade. Decorate and enter your own boat or simply enjoy the parade of patriotic pontoons for free. This year’s theme is “Light Up Lake Murray,” and there will be a cash prize for the winning boat.

A dazzling fireworks show will start around 9:15 p.m. Grab a blanket or chairs and head to Dreher Island State Park or both parks at Lake Murray Dam for the best views of the show. More information about the events and parking can be found on the Lake Murray website.

Prayer and patriotism

Come be one of the 100,000 people who have had the pleasure of seeing the Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty in person, not just on their TV. Held in the First Baptist Church of Columbia on June 30, you’ll be a part of parades, indoor fireworks, two special performances and a flag-waving patriotic extravaganza to recognize and honor those who have and are currently serving our country. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance for entry.

America’s favorite pastime

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ballgame to get you in the 4th of July spirit. Support the Columbia Fireflies and Lexington County Blowfish at their special Independence Day-themed games. Head to Segra Park on July 3 to cheer on the Fireflies as they take on the Greenville Drive. Stay after the game for a special fireworks show. Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes July 4 with the Lexington County Blowfish as they take on the Savannah Bananas. Enjoy $1 drinks 6-8 p.m. and a "concert in the sky" fireworks show. Check out the Blowfish website for tickets.

Peachy keen

The 61st annual Lexington Peach Festival offers for a day full of fun, rain or shine, July 4. There will be live entertainment, the “Peachy and Patriotic Parade,” arts and crafts exhibits, antique car show, tractor show, carnival rides and of course plenty of peach-filled treats. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. and will stretch into the night until 10 p.m. when the fireworks display starts. Visit the Lexington County Peach Festival website for more information.

Born to run

Start your day off right with the "Born in the USA" 4-mile run the morning of July 4. Break a sweat while decked out in red, white and blue for this fun run. The run begins at Trenholm Road and Forest Drive at 7:04 a.m. Sign up online.

For a different kind of fitness challenge, join the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for "Remembering Ryan Rawl." Rawl was a senior deputy with the sheriff's office and a lieutenant in the S.C. National Guard who was killed in combat in 2012. This annual fitness event honors his memory and service. Register online for the two-member team challenge, which includes a run and a series of boot-camp-style workouts at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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