Fourth of July events announced for this week include:
July 4, 1996:
Augusta's Riverfront 4th Celebration, sponsored by riverfront businesses and Augusta-Richmond County, begins at 2:30 p.m. Local musicians, dancers and even a karate team will be on two stages. There also will be games and arts and crafts booths at the Eighth Street Plaza. The Army Signal Corps Band - and the cannons - will give a concert just before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks spectacular at the riverfront and members of the U.S. Olympic boxing team, training in Augusta, will also be introduced to the crowd before the fireworks.
Grovetown's Ninth Annual Fourth of July Barbecue is at noon. Food is free if you eat on the grounds. Takeouts are $4. The C.D. Morris and the Southern Bluegrass Boys and Polynesian Dancers performing in the afternoon.
Columbia County's Patriots Park holds another free family event, with fireworks at dusk. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be carnival games, pony rides, music and arts and crafts.
Little River Marina at Thurmond Lake will hold a family fun day beginning at 3 p.m. with several contests, including a greased-pole climb, horseshoe pitching, sack racing and watermelon-seed spitting. Fireworks also start around 9:30 p.m., and they will be choreographed with a live broadcast of music on radio station WZNY (105-FM)
July 5, 1996:
Aiken County's Pennies For the Park parade and picnic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Acres Park.
Watermelon-eating and pie-eating contests and free beverages.