July Fourth festivities kick off at Fort Gordon

Celebrate Independence Day all weekend

DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Riverwalk Augusta and Augusta Common; free; live music, vendors; children's area with games, rides and inflatables; fireworks at dark; www.augustariverwalk.com

FOURTH OF JULY PATRIOTS PARK: 4 p.m. Monday, Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; Free; gates open at 4 p.m.; live music featuring the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band; children's activities and rides; food and drink vendors; fireworks at dark; (706) 312-7192

RIVERWALK SERIES 15TH ANNUAL STAR-SPANGLED CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Monday, St. Paul's Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $15 general admission, $60 patron (reserved seating, program recognition, parking); music by the Independence Day Chorus and Orchestra; www.riverwalkseries.com; (706) 722-3463

LEXINGTON COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday. Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert, S.C.; free; ride prices vary; arts and crafts vendors; children's rides, food vendors, parade; antique tractor and farm equipment display, car show, Revolutionary War re-enactment, volleyball tournament; fireworks; (706) 892-5207



Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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