Independence Day Weekend 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! 


It doesn't get much more American than baseball and fireworks. Get your tickets see the Columbia Fireflies take on the Augusta Green Jackets July 1, 2 and 3. On July 1 and 3, 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 taking on the Asheboro ZooKeepers. On July 4th, the Lexington County Blowfish will split their squad into two teams – the Blowfish and the Glowfish – for an Independence Day extravaganza.  

If participating in sports is more your speed, rise and run early for the Born in the USA Four Miler or the Firecracker Youth Run with Strictly Running.  

Fort Jackson’s Independence Day Celebration will take place this year on Saturday July 1. Gates open at 4pm with a kid zone, food trucks, beer tent and live music featuring Blanco Brown and Brooks Herring. Fireworks cap off this patriotic evening.  

A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue Celebration will be held on Saturday July 1 from 4-10pm at Blythewood’s Doko Meadows Park. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy food trucks, vendors and more.  

You can also find fireworks on Saturday July 1 at the 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray. The festivities include a patriotic boat parade at noon (viewable on land from the Lake Murray Dam, or by boat) and fireworks beginning around 9:30pm, which are best viewed from a boat on Lake Murray.  

On Tuesday July 4th, head to the Lexington County Peach Festival beginning at 8am with a car show, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a Peach Parade and a grand finale of fireworks at 10pm.  


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 Congaree National Park, South Carolina’s only national park with a hike along the boardwalk.  

Book a trip with Palmetto Outdoor to float down the river on a kayak, inner tube or canoe. Their shuttles make this excursion a breeze. Or select from the top-notch rental fleet of kayaks and gear at River Runner Outdoor Center, which assists in selecting just the right rentals for all skill levels from novice to seasoned kayaker.  

Lake Murray is for nature lovers, too. 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 over the holiday weekend.  

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