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!

4th of July Boat Parade on Lake Murray

Spend the day amidst the sunshine and soothing waters of Lake Murray for the 31st Annual 4th of July Boat Parade on June 29th. It starts at Bomb Island at noon and makes its way to the Lake Murray Dam. Whether you’re participating with a festively decked-out boat or simply kicking back and watching the parade pass by, it’s sure to be a fun time for all. 


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Lake Murray 4th of July Fireworks Show

You can’t have 4th of July without fireworks, and each year you can bet this show gets bigger and better. It all happens around dusk on June 29th. Load up the car and pick out the perfect viewing spot at Dreher Island State Park, the Lake Murray Dam, or hey – even stay on your boat from the parade earlier in 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 WTCB/B106.7 FM or WOMG/Classic Hits 98.5 for music that’s synchronized to the fireworks, upping the ante of your viewing experience.


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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 River Rat Brewery, serving up some of Columbia’s favorite flavors + the iconic Prosecco Pops (Instagram photo or it didn’t happen). River Rat will be closed July 4th– 8thso be sure to get your fix early in the week. 

If you’re looking for somewhere to set up camp for the day, Columbia Craft will be open on July 4th + will be releasing some special summer brews like the Alien Hat Watermelon Sour Ale and a piña colada inspired sour ale. Or, head to Lexington to check out Angry Fish Brewing who will also be open and pouring special release brews. 

Not ready for the party to end? Steel Hands will be closed for the holiday but will reopen on the fifth for an all-American cookout. With all of these places boasting a family-friendly atmosphere, there’s no excuse to stay home for this week of celebrations. 


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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 & drink 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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Lexington County Peach Festival 

Did you know that South Carolina actually produces more peaches than Georgia? Come see for yourself at the 60th Annual Lexington County Peach Festival on July 4th, 9 AM - 10 PM. Watch the parade, enjoy arts and crafts, listen to live music, peruse the antique car show, stay for the fireworks display and, of course, load up on all the peach cobbler, ice cream, pie and other peach-focused dishes your heart desires.


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Lexington County Blowfish Baseball

We would be remiss in not mentioning America’s favorite pastime. Bring the fam and cheer on the Lexington County Blowfish as they take the bat against the Savannah Bananas on July 4th. Bonus — It’s also Thirsty Thursday, featuring $1 drinks from 6 - 8 PM. 


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Columbia Fireflies Baseball

There’s more baseball fun to be had at Segra Park as the Fireflies face off against the Greenville Drive on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Bonus – Bone-In Barbeque will be open for both lunch and dinner, so you can get your fill of good eats before or after the game (or both – who’s judging?). 


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Looking for more summer fun in #RealColumbiaSC? Check out our ultimate summer bucket list.