INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
WHEN: 3-11 p.m. today
WHERE: Barton Field
DETAILS: Carnival, 3 p.m. (military displays, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, water and carnival rides, tent seating); The Swingin’ Medallions, 7 p.m.; U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, 8:30 p.m.; fireworks at dark; arrive early to minimize traffic delays at gates; Gates 1, 2 and 5 open for public traffic beginning 6 p.m.; Gate 3 open for outbound traffic only, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; must present a picture ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance
MORE: (706) 791-6779, fortgordon.com
THURMOND LAKE BOAT PARADE AND BEACH PARTY
WHEN: Thursday; gather at 10 a.m., parade starts at 10:30 a.m.; beach
party follows noon to
WHERE: Dorn Boating Facility; McCormick, S.C.
DETAILS: Decorate boat or just get in line; boat registration ended Tuesday; free hot dogs (limit two), chips and soda; drawing for day’s use of two pontoon boats; bring chair/blanket and refreshments; event put on by Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron
MORE: (864) 391-3591, tlsps.org
AIKEN’S JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION
WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Gaston Livery Stable, between Park and Richland avenues
DETAILS: Free; concessions; costume, pie baking, watermelon seed-spitting and talent contests, Colonial games, cornhole tournament, water slide, inflatables; music by Preston and Weston, featuring Sandra Simmons; patriotic display 9 p.m., followed by a movie
MORE: (803) 215-8232
FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.
DETAILS: Free; performance of American Stories in Song by choral ensemble Augusta Bel Canto
AUGUSTA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Augusta Common
DETAILS: Live entertainment, vendors, inflatables; largest fireworks show in Augusta; free
MORE: (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov
A STAR-SPANGLED FOURTH PATRIOTIC CONCERT
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.
DETAILS: 17th annual patriotic concert; $20 adults; free for ages 18 and younger; an After Glow BBQ will follow in the River Room; barbecue tickets $15 advance only; riverwalkseries.com, (706) 722-3463
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
WHEN: 5 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Patriots Park
DETAILS: Music by U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and Mama Says, 6:30 p.m.; children’s activities, food and craft vendors, games, rides; fireworks at dark;
MORE: (706) 312-7194, columbia
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Raysville Marina, Georgia Highway 43 near Lincolnton, Ga.
DETAILS: Picnic 1 p.m.;
beer, hamburgers, hot dogs for sale; fireworks 9:30 p.m.
MORE: (706) 595-5582