Fourth of July is right around the corner and now is to time to start getting the gang together. Whether you’re skipping the beach weekend this year or plan to travel to a new place for new events, this round-up may be just what you need. Dive-in for inspiration…who knows, maybe my family will see you out there too!
Fourth of July Events in the Greenville Area
Kids Bike Parade at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market
The Kids Bike Parade is set for July 2 and is a great way to start your Fourth of July celebration. Kids can kick off the festivities with creativity by decorating a bike and parading it through the Travelers Rest Farmers Market. Meet at Trailblazer Park a few minutes before the 9 a.m. start. Parents, be prepared for the kiddoes to be bouncing off the walls early in the day because each participant in this summer tradition will be awarded free ice cream. What little one doesn’t like ice cream for breakfast? You, Mama, can get your grocery shopping done by supporting the local vendors or stock up on some early holiday gifts. The options are endless!
Fountain Inn Firework Spectacular
If food trucks are your scene, this early holiday celebration may be worth adding to the schedule. Another July 2 event, the Fountain Inn Firework Spectacular caps an evening of fireworks off with foam, inflatables, and laser tag. Isn’t that just a child’s dream? And it’s completely FREE! Live music will keep the whole gang engaged, starting at 6 p.m.
Fireworks on the Fourth at Unity Park
Tack on fireworks with family play at Greenville’s newest park. Set up with a blanket and idyllic picnic anytime between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Reminder, your furry friends must remain at home for this one.
Looking for a coffee pit stop with a nod to the Fourth of July festivities? Check out Scandi Tiny Coffee. This cozy coffee house is nestled in a tiny house community in Greer. Expect a drink that’s all about the red, white, and blue.
Pizza and Burgers
I’ve never actually been to Coastal Crust but I’ve heard their praises sung from my husband and our close friend, who hails from New York. From what I’m told, splurge for the Bread Service appetizer. It’s, and I quote, “pretty amazing!” Round it out with a Fig & Proscuitto pie, or a classic Pepperoni pie.
This fantastic sandwich and burger joint is located off of Woodruff Road in Greenville, and has a vibe all its own. The Japple is my personal favorite, mixing hand-pattied meat with jalapeno, granny apple slices, goat cheese, and bacon toppings.
Since you can never have enough dessert during a family-centric weekend, swing by The Ice Cream Station in Simpsonville, SC. My go-to (along with my mom’s most frequent selection) is the Dole Whip. “If you like piña coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain,” try the Pineapple Dole Whip with coconut blended in. My dad would tell you to opt for the Orange Creamsicle, and always plan to share. My 18-month-old is a huge fan of the Banana Pudding Explosion.
Don’t forget to tack on some exercise with all these eats and treats! Try walking or renting a bike for a trip along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.