Guide to 4th of July Fireworks & Celebrations Around Columbia


35th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022

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 246th Army Band of The South Carolina National Guard, 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.

WLTX News anchor JR Berry will be the Master of Ceremonies!

Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event, The 35th annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty!

Crafternoon: 4th of July Craft

Date: Friday, June 30, 2022

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Richland Library St. Andrews, 2916 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Cost: Free

Details: In this program, we will be making a festive 4th of July craft! Children and families welcome!

Hooray for the USA

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2022

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Richland Library Eastover, 608 Main Street, EastoverSC 29044

Cost: Free

Details: Come and join us to celebrate the 4th of July with a festive craft. Dress for a mess.

Star Spangled Salute – Dick Goodwin & the SC Philharmonic Brass

Date: Friday, July 1, 2022

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. at River Birch Shelter

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

Cost: $5 parking fee

Details: Join us for an evening of beautiful music with a patriotic concert featuring Dick Goodwin and the SC Philharmonic Brass.  Music begins at 7:30 p.m. at the River Birch shelter. Cox Family BBQ will have food for purchase. Beer, wine and drinks will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a chair or picnic blanket. There will be no fireworks at this event.

Town of Lexington Independence Day Celebration

Date: Friday, July 1, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 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 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show to follow. There will be beer + wine + soft drinks & water available for purchase as well as food vendors.

You can tune into to 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. The parking lots along Church Street will be closed all day. Virginia Hylton Park will close at 7 p.m.

34th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022

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: Enjoy the patriotic display as locals & visitors decorate their boats in ways that will leave you amazed! Viewable from the park sites at the Lake Murray Dam after 1 p.m. or by boat! This year’s theme is “Honoring our Heroes.”

Fireworks will launch at dark (9:15 – 9:30 p.m.) from two lake locations: Spence Island & Dreher Island. Fireworks DO NOT launch from the park sites at the dam. The fireworks show is synchronized to music. Turn on your radio to B106.7 to hear the patriotic music while enjoying the view. The fireworks are best viewable by boat but can be viewed on land at Dreher Island State Park.

For those that miss the event, tune into WLTX -TV; they will televise the fireworks show on July 4th.

A Rockin’ Red, White & Blue!

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: The Town of Blythewood is back with another “Rockin’ Red White & Blue” This is not an event you want to miss! There will be food, live music, vendors, and more!

Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2022

Time: 7:05 p.m.

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

Cost: $6 – $9

Details: Our 2022 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.

2022 Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Monday, July 4, 2022

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Along Harper Street, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Free

Details: All are welcome to join this July 4th celebration! 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. Refreshments will be available on the lawn at 1725 Harper St. If you wish to donate kid-friendly fare, drop it off by 8:30 a.m.
We ask that the crowd then make room for the highlight of the morning when the fire truck hooks up to the fire hydrant at the corner of Harper and Walnut Streets. Together, the crowd will say the Pledge of Allegiance, then the water works will begin. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the cool spray.

Quarters for Kids will be accepted and donated to the Newberry Fire Department for the benefit of families who have been negatively impacted by fire.

Fireflies Independence Day Celebration / Fireworks

Date: Monday, July 4, 2022

Time: 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 – $14

Details: The Fireflies will be taking on the Pelicans on July 4th! We’ll have our Independence Day Celebration which includes post-game fireworks!

4th of July Crabfest & Fireworks

Date: Monday, July 4, 2022

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Location: Swamp Cabbage Brewing, 921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: $35 – $45

Details: It’s Crabfest time! Eat in or take out. Fireworks begin around 10 p.m.

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