Fourth of July events start before holiday

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MCDUFFIE COUNTY
FREEDOM BLAST

WHEN: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29

WHERE: Thomson McDuffie Government Complex

DETAILS: Ceremony for veterans and installation of memorial bricks at the fountain; bring blanket or chair; free or reserve tables for $100, with seating for eight (prize for best decorated reserved table), tailgate spots $25 (tailgate parking permits at Chamber of Commerce); Thomson Fire Department cooking burgers and dogs; music, food, family fun; no alcohol

‘WE SAY THANK YOU’ PATRIOTIC PICNIC & CELEBRATION

WHEN: 6-9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30

WHERE: Evans Towne Center Park

DETAILS: Free; sponsored by Abilene Baptist Church, open to public; bring picnic or purchase from vendors; Clebe McClary, speaker; patriotic program 8 p.m.; fireworks 9 p.m. Register at myabilene.org for gift.

FORT GORDON’S INDEPENDENCE DAY
CELEBRATION

WHEN: 3-11 p.m. Wednesday, July 3

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 perform 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

4TH OF JULY CONCERT

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4

WHERE: Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.

DETAILS: Free; performance of American Stories in Song by Augusta Bel Canto, Augusta’s newest choral ensemble

MORE: augustamuseum.org

AIKEN’S JULY 4
CELEBRATION

WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4

WHERE: Gaston Livery Stable, between Park and Richland avenues, Aiken

DETAILS: Free; concessions; costume contest, 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

AUGUSTA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, July 4

WHERE: Augusta Common

DETAILS: Live entertainment, vendors, inflatables, more; largest fireworks show in Augusta; free

MORE: (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1629

A STAR-SPANGLED FOURTH PATRIOTIC CONCERT

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4

WHERE: St. Paul’s Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets

DETAILS: 17th annual patriotic concert; $20 adults; free for ages 18 and younger; an After Glow BBQ will follow in the River Room; BBQ tickets $15 advance only; RiverwalkSeries.com, (706) 722-3463

COLUMBIA COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

WHAT: Fourth of July Celebration

WHEN: 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4

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; free

MORE: (706) 312-7194, columbiacountyga.gov


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