Here are fireworks viewing opportunities

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:56 PM
Last updated 11:35 PM
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Want to see fireworks this July Fourth holiday? Here are some local opportunities.

(Wednesday) FOURTH OF JULY AT PATRIOTS PARK, 5445 Columbia Road, (706) 312-7194,

Columbia County’s 18th annual Independence Day celebration features live entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the Stephen Lee Band, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and the Vellotones.

The gates open at 4 p.m., so come early for family games, carnival rides and children’s activities. Food and drink vendors also will be available. The largest fireworks show in the county starts at dark.

(Wednesday) THE CITY OF AUGUSTA INDE­PEN­DENCE DAY CELEBRATION, Augusta Common, (706) 821-1754.

Celebrate all night with festivities at the Augusta Common beginning at 4 p.m. Tap your toes to the music, grab food and drink from vendors and entertain children at the kids fun zone.

The free event continues with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. from the Fifth Street Bridge. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to view from the Riverwalk. No pets or coolers are allowed.

(Wednesday) STAR SPANGLED FOURTH CONCERT, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St., (706) 722-3463,

An Independence Day chorus and orchestra comprised of local and regional singers and musicians will perform patriotic hits. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by a dinner catered by Crum’s on Central. Five local veterans will present flags of the military branches.

Watch the Augusta River­walk fireworks from the church grounds. Concert tickets cost $15 and the barbecue is $20.

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