Celebrate the Fourth at these Upstate events
Looking for something patriotic or downright festive to do for this Fourth of July? Many events and activities are planned throughout the Upstate to celebrate Independence Day, no matter which part of the region you're looking to explore.
Independence Day Celebration — Simpsonville
The Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville will host a free Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6 p.m. July 2. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will present patriotic music, and the event will include children’s activities, food vendors, and a fireworks show. For more details, visit Simpsonville.com.
ClemsonFest 2016 — Clemson
The 23rd annual ClemsonFest will kick off at 5 p.m. July 2 at Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center (formerly Clemson University Campus Beach and Y Beach). The Carolina Coast Band will perform live music while families enjoy games, children’s activities and food vendors. At 9:30 p.m., a fireworks show will close out the event. For more details, visit clemsonareachamber.org.
Celebration of Freedom — Cowpens
The Cowpens National Battlefield will celebrate America's independence with a special event Saturday, July 2. Activities will include ranger-guided battlefield walks, reenactments and weapons demonstrations, 18th century children's games, and music. No fireworks will be held. For more details, including a schedule of events, visit http://www.nps.gov.
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2016 Hendrick Honda & City of Easley’s 4th of July Spectacular — Easley
You can start celebrating the Fourth of July with official city of Easley events during a concert 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 2 in Old Market Square. Festivities continue during Friends & Family Night with local talent performing between 5 – 10 p.m. July 3, all leading up to some major festivities on Monday. Between 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July, families can enjoy live music, a carnival and fireworks show. Vendors will be available, serving food and other products. For more information, visit www.cityofeasley.com.
Moon Boom Weekend – Travelers Rest and Slater-Marietta
The City of Travelers Rest and Slater-Marietta will team up to provide an entire weekend of celebration for the Fourth. Beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, children will display their handiwork in the Patriotic Bike Ride at the Travelers Rest Gazebo. On Sunday at Slater Mill Field in Slater-Marietta, families can participate in contests, games, Cow Patty Bingo, and enjoy food and entertainment from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Young ladies ages 6 – 10 may also enter the Miss Slater-Marietta Sweetheart Pageant with signups beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Slate Hall in the mill village. The night will end with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. On Monday, families are invited to walk or bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail and enjoy Farm Day from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Beechwood Farms. For more details, visit http://www.mariettasmiles.org/#welcome-section.
2016 Patriotic Celebration — Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville
The community is invited to a patriotic worship service at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville. The service will honor armed forces and first responders, have the presentation of colors and sing patriotic hymns, including cannon accompaniment. Guest speaker will be Dr. Spence M. Taylor, who served active duty in the Air Force, after which he joined the Greenville Health System. A potluck picnic will follow the service in Finlay Hall. For details, visit http://www.ccgsc.org/patrioticcelebration.php.
Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival – Greenville
Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue presented by AT&T will kick off at 5 p.m. July 4 and culminate in one of the state’s largest fireworks displays at 9:45 p.m. The free event will feature live music, children’s activities in the Zaxby’s Kidz Zone and food and beverage vendors in downtown Greenville. For more details, visit greenvillesc.gov.
Red, White and Boom — Spartanburg
Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg will once again be the host for that city’s Fourth of July celebrations 6 – 10 p.m. July 4. Gates will open at 5 p.m. for early birds, and events will include a variety of food vendors serving up barbecue, pizza, funnel cakes, burgers, ice cream and more. Patriotic music by the Spartanburg Community Band will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by Nashville newcomer Adam Craig. The fireworks show will begin at 9:40 p.m. Admission is $5. For more details, visit cityofspartanburg.org.
Attractions at the Amphitheater — Pickens
Families in Pickens can enjoy July 4 with a free concert by Jake Bartley Band beginning at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater, located at 114 W. Main St. in historic downtown. All activities will be held between 7 – 10 p.m. For details, visit www.visitpickenscounty.com.
Love My Liberty 2016 — Liberty
Celebrate the nation’s liberty in a town aptly named for the occasion. The second annual Independence Day Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with free hot dogs while supplies last, an Emma Kapp Bike Parade, live music by the James Radford Band, games, giveaways and a fireworks display at dark. Free admission. The celebration will be located at 251 N. Hillcrest St., Liberty. For more details, like the city’s Facebook page.