14 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Upstate
Looking for a place to see fireworks with the family? The Upstate will host a variety of events this year.
June 30 – July 9
Paris Mountain State Park will host a Fourth of July week scavenger hunt June 30 – July 9. Visitors can search for the red, white and blue, and some stars and stripes. Ask for a scavenger hunt sheet at the park center office. Answers to the questions on the sheet can be found near park center and the swimming area. When completed, the sheet should be turned in at the park center desk to be entered in a drawing to win four Paris Mountain State Park sling backpacks. Two winners will be notified by email on Tuesday, July 11, with each winner receiving four backpacks. Paris Mountain State Park is off located off S.C. Highway 253 (State Park Road), six miles north of downtown Greenville. Admission is $3 for ages 6 – 15, $5 for ages 16 – 64, $3.25 for S.C. seniors and disabled persons. Children under 6 are not charged admission. all 864-244-5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Simpsonville will host an Independence Day Celebration at the Heritage Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. July 1. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform, and fireworks will follow the concert. Admission is free. For more details, visit http://heritageparkamphitheatre.com/events-tickets/event-listing.
The Cowpens National Battlefield will host a Celebration of Freedom 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. July 1. Ranger-guided walks will begin at 10:30 a.m. with special weapons firing demonstrations throughout the day. Children’s activities will be offered noon – 2:45 p.m. Meet under the small tent behind the Visitor Center to have some fun and educational activities such as making sachets, rolling dummy musket cartridges, and quill pen writing. For a complete schedule, visit the park’s official website.
July 1 – 3
The City of Travelers Rest and Slater-Marietta will team up to provide an entire weekend of celebration for the Fourth. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market, children can participate in the Patriotic Bike Rosie the Riveter Salute and the Iron Butts and Knuckles Ride. On Sunday at the Travelers Rest Museum, families can meet for a history mystery tour. On July 3, Beechwood Fun Farm Day begins at 10 a.m., and the Moon Boom Festival, directly across from Beechwood Farms, will kick off at 7 p.m., including The Miss Sweetheart Pageant moon pie eating contests, bingo, games, barbecue, snow cones, music and fireworks. Admission is free, but there is a fee for parking. For more details, visit http://www.mariettasmiles.org/#welcome-section.
Big Water Marina in Starr will host a special July 4 First Responders Appreciation Event at the newly-renovated facility starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. The party starts with a little DJed music and the opening of food vendors for all-day serving. From 5-7 p.m. July 2, a VIP tent for families of first responders will open featuring complimentary food and drink and at 7:30 p.m. there will be an appreciation speech. The fireworks start at 8:50 p.m. This is an admission-free event for all ages.
ClemsonFest 2017 will be held 5 – 10 p.m. July 3 at Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center (formerly Clemson University Campus Beach and Y Beach). Gate opens at 5 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. In keeping with the Independence Day theme, the Boy Scouts of Troop 161 will do a flag raising ceremony at 5:50pm and will return at dusk for the flag lowering and playing of taps. The first thousand people will receive a small American flag distributed by the Boy Scouts of Troop 161. The flags are a gift to the public from Tri County ACE Hardware of Clemson. The event will include a children’s area with games, activities, bounce houses and face painting, and food vendors will be available. Live entertainment will include The Band, sponsored by The Anderson Independent Mail. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per carload. For details, visit http://d.clemsonareachamber.org/events/details/clemsonfest-2017-3809.
The Greenville Drive game against the Lexington Legends on July 3 will sponsor postgame fireworks. For details, visit www.greenvilledrive.com.
The Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue festival presented by AT&T will be held 5 – 10 p.m. July 4 in downtown Greenville. The free event includes live music on two stages, a children’s area, food vendor and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. For more information, visit the city of Greenville website.
The Kroc Center of Greenville will host a July 4 fund-raiser for Kroc Church from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event will feature a bounce house (4 - 7 p.m.), live music (6 - 9 p.m.), face painting and concessions. Purchase a stamp for $1 to access the bounce house, playground, splash pad, court and soccer field. It will be in close proximity to downtown to view the city's fireworks, which begin at 9:45 p.m. The center is located at 424 Westfield St., Greenville.
Cross Roads Baptist Church will host an Independence Day Celebration beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event will include watermelon and fireworks, starting at dark. The church is located at 705 Anderson Ridge Road, Greer. Call 864-288-1626 or visit their Facebook page for details.
The city of Easley’s annual Fourth of July Festival will be held from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. July 4 in Old Market Square in downtown Easley. Festivities will include carnival rides, games, barbecue, a concert by Splitshot, fireworks and more. An illusionist will perform at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit the city of Easley’s website.
The Love My Liberty Independence Day Celebration will be held 6 – 10 p.m. July 4 at 251 N. Hilcrest St., Liberty. The third annual event will include live music, a children’s bike parade, free hot dogs, giveaways and more. For details, visit the city’s Facebook page.
Pickens will celebrate the Fourth with live music beginning at 7 p.m. July 4, food vendors, and fireworks at 10 p.m. in downtown Pickens. For details, visit the city of Pickens website.
The city of Spartanburg will present its annual Red, White & Boom 6 – 10 p.m. July 4 in Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg. The event will include barbecue, funnel cakes, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more food along with live music and fireworks. Admission is $5. For details, visit the city’s website.