2021 Guide to 4th of July Fireworks & Celebrations Around Columbia


34th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021

Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Location: First Baptist Church Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Free but you need a ticket to enter

Details: The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is the longest running event of its kind in our state. With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of all ages you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom as Americans and our freedom in Christ. From the founding of this land until now many have paid the price to preserve and protect our liberty.

So, we come together in freedom to honor God and thank Him for this free land that has been a beacon of freedom and liberty around the world.

A key part of each celebration is the honoring of our veterans as well as those presently serving. Our veterans’ organizations are always very special guests, and they are well represented by their commanders and other officers. We have had many distinguished special honorees and some of them include Medal of Honor recipients Colonel Charles Murray, Major General James Livingston, and Sergeant John Baker.

It was Governor Carroll Campbell’s official kick off for the welcome home week for Desert Storm. It has also been heralded and backed by Mayor Bob Coble for many years. In 2003 it moved to Williams Brice stadium under the name AMERICA 2003 as it was the official state celebration. Special guests have included virtually every commanding general from Fort Jackson during these 34 years as well as officials from Shaw Air Force Base and our own state guard. Other special guests and supporters have included Congressman Floyd Spence, Congressman Joe Wilson, Governor Henry McMaster, Governor Carroll Campbell, Governor Jim Hodges, Senator Strom Thurmond, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Lindsey Graham, Attorney General Alan Wilson and many other state and local elected officials.

July 4th Symphonic Salute – SC Philharmonic Brass Quintet

Date: Friday, July 2, 2021

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at River Birch Shelter

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Cost: $5 parking fee)

Details: Beer, wine and food from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ food truck will be available for purchase. There will be no fireworks at this event. All ages.

Town of Lexington Independence Day Celebration

Date: Friday, July 2, 2021

Time: 7 – 10 p.m. 

Location: Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072

Cost: Free

Details: The 246th Army Band will play a concert from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show to follow. You can tune into 93.1FM The Lake to listen to patriotic music during the fireworks show. Best viewing areas include the Icehouse Amphitheater, Main St. restaurants, Lexington Square Park, Lexington Veterans Monument and any public parking lot in the Downtown Area.

2021 Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Along Harper Street, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Free

Details: All are welcome to join this July 4th celebration – on July 3rd! Decorate your bike, golf cart, or wagon and show your patriotism. Line up as early as 9 a.m. at the corner of Harper and Hunt Streets. If the line extends to Harrington Street, please refrain from lining up on Harrington, as it is quite busy and poses a danger. Many children will be present, so vehicles are not permitted, for safety reasons. Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds towards Calhoun Street.

Free General Admission to the SC State Museum for Veterans and Active Duty Military

Date: Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Free

Details: Guests are invited to avoid the summer heat and enjoy cosmically cool fun with four floors of exhibitions, plus planetarium and 4d theater shows. In honor of the holiday, the museum will be offering veterans and active duty military free general admission.

33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Time: noon – Lake Murray Boat Parade; Dusk (approximately 9:15) – fireworks show

Location: The Boat Parade will leave from Bomb Island and head towards the dam. Fireworks will launch from Spence and Dreher Islands. They are best viewable by boat or on Dreher Island (gates at Dreher Island close at 8 p.m.) but can be seen over the lake

Cost: Dreher Island State Park – $3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

Details: Capital City Lake Murray Country is proud to host the 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray, presented by Lexington Medical Center! At Noon, the Lake Murray Boat Parade will proceed around Bomb Island. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.” At dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) experience SC’s Largest Fireworks display from TWO great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. The fireworks are best viewable by boat but can be viewed on land at Dreher Island State Park.

A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue!

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Time: 1 – 10 p.m.

Location: Doko Meadows Park, 171 Langford Rd Blythewood, SC 29016

Cost: Free

Details: Bring your family and friends for a patriotic day of food, fun, live music and fireworks! Music begins at 1 p.m. with the Freeway Music Showcase, Mason Horne at 5 p.m., Blues DeLuxe Band at 6 p.m., and D.B. Bryant at 7:30 p.m.! The fireworks finale will begin at 9:30 p.m. 

Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Cost: $6 – $9

Details: Our 2021 Independence Day celebration! Join us as we celebrate America with patriotic music, a special America themed Concert in the Sky Fireworks show, and America’s National Pastime! Game against Macon Bacon.

Fireworks with the Phil

Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021

Time: Gates at 7 p.m., music begins at 8:30 p.m, fireworks launching at 9:15 p.m.

Location: Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Tickets are $10 – children 12 and under are free. People with a valid military ID receive $2 off one ticket

Details: The SC Philharmonic will perform as a full orchestra on the baseball diamond for the first time! The concert will last one hour, with the fireworks beginning around 9:15 PM as the grand finale of this independence celebration. We are excited to celebrate the end of our 2020/2021 season and our spirit of strength with our Midlands’ community.

Curious about the program? Below are some highlights:
  • Key: The Star-Spangled
  • BannerBernstein/Mason: Highlights from “West Side Story”
  • Miranda/Brubaker: Suite from “Hamilton”
  • Ward/Reed: America the Beautiful
  • W.C. Handy/Lewis: St. Louis Blues
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
  • Williams: Olympic Theme and Fanfare
  • Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever 

Independence Day Fireworks Show

Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021

Time: 9 p.m.

Location: The Windermere Club, 1101 Longtown Rd E, Blythewood, SC 29016

Cost: Free

Details: Independence Day fireworks display along Lake Columbia in front of The Windermere Club courtesy of 3 Bulldogs, LLC.

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