The 4th of July is right around the corner, so grab your best red, white and blue duds and read up on how you can celebrate America’s independence in the real Southern hot spot!

Light Up the Sky

You can’t have 4th of July without fireworks, and after 32 years, you can bet the July 4th Fireworks Show on Lake Murray gets bigger and better. It all happens around dusk (9:15 PM) on July 4th. Load up the car and pick out the perfect viewing spot at Dreher Island State Park, the Lake Murray Dam, or hey – rent a boat from a local marina for the day and catch the show from the water. (Please note, the parks will have a small admission fee.) Don’t forget to tune into WCOS 97.5 for music that’s synchronized to the fireworks, upping the ante of your viewing experience.

If you find yourself on the Lexington side of town, watch as fireworks are fired from behind Town Hall. This Independence Day Celebration will be viewable from all of Lexington's Main Street restaurants, Lexington Square Park, the Lexington Veterans Monument and any public parking lot in the downtown Lexington area.


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Celebrate with a Cold (Craft) Brew

To some, nothing quite says the Fourth of July like an ice-cold beer. And in Columbia SC, we’ve got more brewery options than you’ll have time to sip in one day. Gear up for the holiday at Twisted Spur Brewing where you can sip on local flavors and snack on favorites like the Beer Braised Deviled Eggs and the Soda City Market Dip.

If you’re looking for somewhere to set up camp for the day, Steel Hands has a large yard where you can take advantage of their tented picnic tables, or you can bring your own chair and blanket setup. 

With a wide variety of beers on tap you can celebrate with a flight (or two if you aren't driving) at Columbia Craft. They've gotten known by locals to have a variety of unique sours like the Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Sour. Catch them on a Wednesday and you can participate in Music Bingo (starting back July 1!). Or, head to Lexington to check out Hazelwood Brewing, who recently upgraded their outdoor space, perfect for a safe and socially distant outing.


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Star Spangled Symphonic Salute

Place your hand over your heart and hear the music stylings of patriotic tunes, Broadway songs, to sing-a-longs performed by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra at Saluda Shoals Park on July 3rd from 7 - 9 PM. P.S. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase, but be sure to bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chair! Furry friends welcome.


Happy 4th!🇺🇸

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Looking for more summer fun in #RealColumbiaSC? Check out our roundup on the return of festival season.