While Fourth of July celebrations stack up the first part of the month, the following weeks are filled with concerts, prehistoric creatures, man-eating plants, sporting events and more. So get your summer started with us in the Heart of SC. 

Rockin’ Red, White & Blue Celebration at Doko Meadows Park | July 1

Spend Independence Day amongst neighbors and friends in Blythewood, participating in town giveaways, playing games, enjoying local eats from a lineup of food trucks and listening to live music. 

35th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray | July 1

By day, soak up the sun and join in on the fun of the Patriotic Boat Parade at Bomb Island. Then once night falls, gather beneath a star-spangled sky and watch the state’s largest fireworks show illuminate the smooth, glassy waters of Lake Murray below.

Little Shop of Horrors at Trustus Theatre | July 1-2, 6-8

“Feed me, Seymour!” Trustus takes on the quirky musical classic in all its carnivorous glory. Settle in with a glass (or bottle) of wine and some complimentary Cromer’s popcorn for the final five shows of this production’s run. 

Lexington County Peach Festival at Gilbert Community Park | July 4

July may be National Blueberry Month, but here it’s all about the peaches. And we feel the pitted produce deserves the pomp and circumstance of parades, pageantry and peach-forward plates prepared every way you can slice ‘em. Thank goodness for the Lexington County Peach Festival shining such a well-deserved spotlight on the delightfully fuzzy fruit for more than sixty years.

Fireworks with the Phil at Segra Park | July 4

As if fireworks weren’t majestic enough on their own, just imagine them being accompanied by the masterful, symphonic swells of the SC Philharmonic and try not to get goosebumps.  

Nashville Nights at Steel Hands | July 7, 14, 21 and 28

Get a taste of Tennessee talent as Music City makes its way to Steel Hands every Friday night throughout the summer. This month welcomes Chris Canterbury, LoneHollow, Ben Chapman & Co. and Zoe Cummins to the stage. 

Jurassic Quest at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | July 7 – 9 

Channel your inner adventurer and journey back to the Mesozoic Era, where you can engage with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, dig up some fossils, train a raptor and make lasting family memories.

Deep Space 9 Anniversary Party at Craft and Draft | July 8

It’s hard to believe we’ve been hearing the ding of the bell that indicates a kicked keg and using the signature lime green walls as the backdrop to our beer photos for nine whole years now. Don your best outer space-themed duds and head to Devine Street, because this celebration’s getting extraterrestrial. 

Bastille Day Party at Hampton Street Vineyard | July 14

Nationally recognized in France to commemorate the event that kickstarted the French Revolution, Hampton Street Vineyard is bringing the celebration to us with aperitif cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, a full buffet and, of course, plenty of wine. Vive la France!

Anthony Hamilton at Township Auditorium | July 15

Get swept up in the soulful sounds of the Grammy Award-winning artist as he takes the stage at the Township. 

Friday Night Laser Lights: Ladies Night at South Carolina State Museum | July 21

Laser light shows are getting a makeover. Enjoy a special ladies’ night edition featuring the musical stylings of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift as you’ve likely never experienced them before. 

American Pickleball Tour at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | July 28 – 30 

Welcome to the Pickledome! If you’ve been curious about the recent pickleball craze, now’s your chance to spectate the sporting sensation. Fill the stands at CMCC and catch all the backspins, dink shots, flabjacks and more in action.