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The holiday weekend is all about celebrating America’s independence, and families will find a variety of opportunities to do just that.

A Creek Ranger Hike begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is a one-mile, ranger-led walk. The cost is $7 each, payable at the gate instead of park admission. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 864-244-5565 or email ctaylor@scprt.com.

The Greenville Drive will play at Fluor Field this weekend with some patriotic themes and events planned. Friday night's game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and will feature TV Tunes Night as well as Friday night fireworks. Saturday's events will begin at 6:20 p.m. before the 7:05 p.m. game with a Carolina Pride Hot Dog Eating Contest. Saturday is also 70s Night at Fluor Field, and the Drive will spin popular 70s songs throughout the game. Finally, the team will host Military Appreciation Day Sunday with a special start time of 6:05 p.m. Following the game, there will be a patriotic-themed fireworks show. Prior to the game, the Drive will have a special military vehicle display on Field Street for kids to take pictures with, and a Korean War general will be on hand to deliver the first pitch. The military celebrations will also begin before the game with a fly-in by the U.S. Army Special Forces Parachute Team and a flyover of Warbirds Vintage Aircrafts. During the game, Fluor Field will host a Purple Heart Ceremony and a Bronze Star Presentation as part of this special evening to honor current and former members of our military. Tickets are available at GreenvilleDrive.com or by calling 864-240-4528.

The Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville will host a free Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. 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.

The 23rd annual ClemsonFest will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday 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.

If you don’t mind a short drive and want to celebrate the holiday with an up close look at a historic landmark, the Cowpens National Battlefield will celebrate America’s independence with a special event Saturday. 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.

You can start celebrating the Fourth of July with official city of Easley events during a concert 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday 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.

Family Fun Day: Red, White and Blue Bash is 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum. Families can enjoy special crafts, story time and other activities to celebrate the Fourth. For more details, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org.

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.

Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.

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