Where to see fireworks July 4 (and avoid the crowd)
Many families want to enjoy public displays of fireworks, but they don't want to get trapped in the crowd — especially if they have sensitive kids or lots of children in tow. We reached out to other parents and city officials to compile a list of places to park and enjoy the fireworks away from the main crowds.
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.
Where to park:
The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, but parents need to note that beginning at 9:15, police will begin blocking the roads leading into downtown, so planning ahead is key, Greenville Police Captain J.B. Browning said at a press conference on Wednesday.
If you want to park in one of the city's public garages, the city has provided a map. The best viewing area, city officials said, is Main Street between Court Street and Falls Park Drive.
Where to see fireworks away from the crowd:
Tara Eaker with the city of Greenville suggested families who don't mind small crowds come early and look for spots in Falls Park. "It should provide great views of the fireworks and room for the kids to run around a bit prior to the start of the show," she said.
Families who prefer something more private can park at Greenville County Square, 301 University Ridge. It doesn't provide the best view, but you're likely to see some fireworks. Plus, the downtown trolley won't be running, so the parking lot shouldn't be at full capacity.
If you arrive early enough, you can park atop one of Greenville's parking garages, but expect to pay at least $6.
Some parents say they've had luck in year's past parking in open lots near Fluor Field at the West End, but again, these spaces fill up quickly.
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.
If you simply want to see the fireworks without heading to the park, Mandy Merck, special events manager for the city of Spartanburg, said, "Our fireworks can be seen from any of our four parking garages — either from the top, or by parking there and standing just outside the garage."
You can find directions to those downtown garages by visiting http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/downtown-parking.