This weekend families will begin celebrating Independence Day, and the Upstate will host a variety of festivals themed to the Fourth of July.

First, why not cool off? The third annual Frozen Fluor, a partnership between The Greenville Drive and United Community Bank Ice on Main, returns to Fluor Field at the West End Friday. Watch The Greenville Drive play Lexington Legends starting at 7:05 p.m. and enjoy a night of giveaways, appearances by ice princesses and mascots and other special promotions. The first 500 guests will receive a ticket to skate at Ice on Main this winter. Any child dressed up as their favorite ice princesses or cold character will receive a voucher for a free ice cream at the game. For more details, visit

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. Call 864-244-5565 or email

Speaking of Paris Mountain State Park, the 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.

Holiday festivities kick off Saturday. 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.

Simpsonville will host an Independence Day Celebration at the Heritage Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform, and fireworks will follow the concert. Admission is free. For more details, visit

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

Looking ahead

Many communities will celebrate the holiday with festivities July 3 and 4. 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).

The Greenville Drive game against the Lexington Legends on Monday will sponsor special postgame fireworks. For details, visit

On Tuesday, the Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue festival presented by AT&T will be held 5 – 10 p.m. July 4 in downtown Greenville with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

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. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

For more details about these and other Fourth of July events, visit for a complete listing of 12 Upstate events.

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