July 4th in Columbia SC brings all the patriotic fun and celebration to visitors and locals alike. Whether it's hot dogs, music, or lake days you seek, there are plenty of things to do in Columbia SC on this patriotic holiday. Make your plans today, because this holiday will be gone in the flash of a firework!

Patriotic Pastimes

It doesn't get much more American than baseball and fireworks. Get your tickets see the Columbia Fireflies take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. After spending an evening of rooting for the home team, enjoy an unforgettable able fireworks display. If you find yourself in Lexington on July 3, cheer on the Lexington County Blowfish. However, if participating in the sport is more your speed, rise and run early for the Born in the USA Four Miler with Strictly Running

After 5 years away, Fort Jackson is bringing back their fourth of July fireworks. This celebration actually falls on July 2nd though and the free family friendly event includes a kids zone, vendors and live music. 

Enjoy the sounds of the South Carolina Philharmonic Brass Band at the Star Spangled Salute at Saluda Shoals Park. This firework-free event is a great patriotic celebration for families and anyone looking to celebrate with a little less boom.


Get out and explore the space in between sea to shining sea. Outdoor activities in Columbia SC abound and the long weekend is an excellent time to explore.

Explore South Carolina's only national park with the Nature Discovery Walk on July 2nd. Congaree National Park's dedication to preservation will reconnect you with the land that makes up our beautiful country. 

In the heat of July, you'll find that the rivers in Columbia SC offer a cool reprieve. Book a trip with Palmetto Outdoors to float down the river on a kayak, inner tube or canoe. Their shuttles make this excursion a breeze.

While on the 4th of July fireworks fill the sky, for the rest of the summer the skies over Lake Murray are filled with the Purple Martins. These migrating birds call Bomb Island on Lake Murray home. Come see the Purple Martins fly with a late afternoon boat ride on the lake. 

Cool off with the kids at one of the splash pads at one of the parks in Columbia SC. Sesquicentennial State Park, Saluda Shoals Park and Riverbanks Zoo all offer the perfect splash of family fun. 


Celebrate sustainably at the Solfest Rollfest 2022 in Earlewood Park. Roll in on your two wheels and enjoy music on Columbia's first ever bike powered stage. 

Lexington County is back with the 62nd Annual Peach Festival. The whole family can join in on the fun with crafts, peach treats, music and a fireworks display. Over in downtown Lexington, the Icehouse Amphitheater is throwing an Independence Day Celebration that shouldn't be missed. Live music and a fireworks show await for an evening of patriotic celebration.

Take to the water for a parade unlike any other in South Carolina. This year's Lake Murray Boat Parade theme is Honoring our Heroes and can be viewed from the Lake Murray Dam after 1:00 pm on July 2nd. Finish off the day with a spectacular fourth of July fireworks show at Dreher Island and Spence Island presented by Lexington Medical Center.

For more things to do on July 4th Weekend in Columbia SC, visit our calendar of events