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Burgers on the grill, boats in the water and fireworks flying through the southern's almost 4th of July weekend, y'all. Don't stress over making plans. We've rounded up 5 of our favorite ways to celebrate in and around Columbia SC, so get out your red, white + blue digs and pack a cooler. It's time to have some fun. 

Lake Murray Boat Parade + Firework Show - July 1st 

Nothing says 4th of July quite like a day on the lake. Each year, boaters from across the state decorate their rides for the annual Lake Murray boat parade-a holiday tradition to many South Carolinians. The day ends with fireworks at dusk. Dreamy.

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Chapin, SC. 29036


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Five After Five - July 2nd

Feeling like staying home and laying low for the holiday weekend? Enjoy Five Points' monthly outdoor concert series, featuring Columbia-based bands, cold brews + local eats.

Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
747 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC 29205 
(803) 748-7373

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Star Spangled Symphonic Salute - July 3rd

Watch the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra at Saluda Shoals Park for a magical kickoff to your 4th of July celebrations. The Symphony's performance will range from patriotic tunes to popular Broadway songs-and even a few singalongs. Food trucks on site (including Pawley's Front Porch!), Pelican SnoBalls to cool you off and Ed's Bartending serving beer and wine all will make for the perfect Monday night in Columbia, SC. Bring along a chair or picnic blanket!

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
End Time: 9:00 PM
Location Saluda Shoals Park


Baseball Game(s) - July 3rd + July 4th

Celebrate Independence Day the right way-with baseball, boiled peanuts and beer. Because, what's more American than that combo? Grab your Tebow jersey (*tears up*) and head to Spirit Communications Park on July 3rd for the ultimate patriotic festivity-and stay through all 9 innings so you can marvel at the fireworks that will conclude the night. If you're out toward Lexington on the 4th, continue the take-me-out-to-the-ballgame fun with a Blowfish game at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Fireflies Game
Date: Monday, July 3, 2017
Start Time: 7:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time 
Spirit Communications Park - 1640 Freed St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-726-4487

Blowfish Game
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Start Time: 7:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Lexington County Baseball Stadium
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-254-3474

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Lexington County Peach Festival - July 4th

Peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach sundaes, peach slush, peach tea.... all made with South Carolina peaches? We're so in. Head to Lexington on Independence Day for the 59th annual Lexington County Peach Festival. The festival will kick off with a peach recipe contest and conclude with, of course, a firework show. Live music, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment, a tractor show and the Peachy and Patriotic parade all sweeten the deal. Grab your family and friends and come hungry!

Date: Tuesday, July 4th 
Start Time: 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Gilbert Community Park
110 Rikard Circle; Gilbert, SC 29054

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