Independence Day celebrations

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By The Staff

Lancaster County
Celebrate Freedom event June 29
Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, Lancaster, will host a Celebrate Freedom event at 6 p.m. June 29 with free food, a showing of the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” games, bounce houses and a fireworks show beginning about 9:30 p.m. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. For details, email bethlehem@comporium.net. 

Independence Celebration River Party June 30

The Independence Celebration River Party is 2-7 p.m. June 30 at the Edgewater Sunset Pointe Marina, 4272 Catawba Ridge Blvd., Lancaster. Admission is free for the Triple Play Band concert, boat tours and outdoor games. Complimentary bottled water, raffle prizes, food trucks and kayak rental will be available. Please bring outdoor seating. Outside beverages and coolers are not permitted. For details, call (803) 627-8783.

Sun City celebrates July Fourth

Sun City Carolina Lakes hosts an annual Independence Day celebration for residents and their families. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. July 4, with a golf cart parade from the Pod Z villas to Water Edge Park, followed by the veterans softball game at 10 a.m. The Tailgaters’ cookout begins at 10:30 a.m. at the park, followed by a pie-eating contest at noon in the park’s pavilion. The fun moves to the Lodge in the evening, where the Tailgaters will cook out again 5-6:30 p.m. at the pavilion and Jen & Fitz will perform a jazz concert 6-8:30 p.m.

Charlesboro July 4th Parade

The 39th annual Charlesboro July 4th Parade will be at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Taxahaw Road from New Haven Baptist Church to Blackmon Cemetery near U.S. 601. The Pledge of Allegiance and prayer will be held at New Haven Baptist Church at 10:15 a.m. before the parade. The parade will line up at New Haven Baptist Church on Taxahaw Road. To participate, safe vehicles must display an American flag. Floats for families, churches and other groups are welcome. For details, call (843) 658-3555 or (803) 804-8837.

Heath Springs July 4th Parade and Summerfest
The Heath Springs annual July 4th Parade and Summerfest will be at 4 p.m. July 4. The event will include vendors, music, food and a vintage car show. Entertainment includes Elvis Impersonator Matthew Spalding and music by Joe Young. Vendor registration is $25 per table. The deadline for registration is June 29 with checks make payable to Heath Springs Activity Fund.
Parade entry is free, with ATVs, cars, walkers and floats welcome. Animals are not permitted. Line-up will begin at 3 p.m. on College Street in Heath Springs. For details, call Donna Moree at (803) 273-2066.

Rich Hill Independence Day celebration
The Rich Hill community will hold its annual Independence Day celebration at 4 p.m. July 4. The parade starts at 1700 Billy Kirk Road, Heath Springs, turns right onto Rocky River Road heading north and ends at Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Parade spectators may line up down Billy Kirk Road. Hot dogs and watermelon will be served afterward at the fire station.

Van Wyck July 4 fundraiser
Van Wyck Community Development Club will host a July 4 fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. July 4 at Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster. The event will include chicken and hot dog plates, free kids’ games and train rides and free entertainment at dark. Please bring lawn chairs. All proceeds benefit Van Wyck Community Development Club.

Nearby celebrations

Carowinds theme park in Fort Mill will celebrate Military Days June 30-July 8. The park will offer free admission to active, inactive or retired U.S. service men and women with a valid military I.D. Weather permitting, the Celebrate America Fireworks Show will run at 9:30 p.m. July 4.

Patriots, Picnic and Pops
Historic Camden and members of the Camden Community Concert Band will host the 4th annual Patriots, Picnic and Pops 5-8 p.m. July 1 in the garden of Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 Broad St., Camden. The free event will include English country dancers, a firing of a 3-pound grasshopper cannon, old-fashioned kids games, family picnics, concessions for sale and a special patriotic program honoring soldiers from the Camden district at 6 p.m. The Camden Community Concert Band will perform a collection of patriotic songs from 7-8 p.m. The event will be canceled in the case of poor weather conditions. Please bring chairs, picnic supplies, sunscreen and bug spray. For details, visit www.cityofcamden.org/events/4th-annual-patriots-picnic-and-pops.

Rock Hill Independence Day Festival

Rock Hill will hold its Red, White and Boom Independence Day Festival at 5:30 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater, 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill. The festival includes live music from Summerdaze and Uptown Funk Bruno Mars Tribute Band, mechanical rides, Kids’ Zone with inflatables, food trucks, beer and wine and an ice cream eating contest. The fireworks display begins at 9:45 p.m. For details, visit www.onlyinoldtown.com/boom.

Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks
The City of Charlotte will celebrate its 250th anniversary this year with a Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. July 3 at American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. Memorial Stadium will be open from 6 p.m. and there will be food available for purchase, family entertainment, live music from The Voltage Brothers and kids’ activities. Come early, as seating is limited.


Fort Mill cannon firing

Fort Mill’s annual firing of the cannon starts at 10 a.m. with a gathering at the bandstand on Main Street. S.C. Rep. Raye Felder will be on hand. The Civil War cannon is fired from Confederate Park.

Whitewater Center's Fourth of July celebration
The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, will hold its Fourth of July Celebration July 3-4, including outdoor adventure, yoga, live music and firework displays. Bring a blanket or chairs. For pricing and scheduling details, visit www.usnwc.org/relax/festivals/fourth-of-july-celebration/.

Waxhaw Independence Day celebration
Waxhaw’s annual July 4 celebration will include a downtown Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. July 4 and fireworks at dusk. For details, visit www.waxhaw.com/174/Independence-Day-Celebrations.

Matthews People’s Parade
Matthews People’s Parade, a non-motorized parade from Matthews Station Street, in front of the Town Hall, to Stumptown Park, South Trade St., Matthews, will be at 5:30 p.m. July 4. Bike, scooter and wagon decorating will begin at 5 p.m. on the town hall green and the evening will end with a concert featuring The Tim Clark Band at 7 p.m. at Stumptown Park.

Baxter Village July 4th parade

Baxter Village in Fort Mill will host a Fourth of July Parade at 9:30 a.m. July 4 starting at 940 Market Street, Fort Mill and proceeding 10 blocks south on Market Street. The parade will feature sports mascots, live entertainment, Irish dancers, stilt walkers and much more.

Brattonsville Independence Day celebration

Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall, 1036 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, will hold an Independence Day celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. The event will include historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, toys, games, a paper hot-air balloon launch and a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of Hightower Hall. Barbecue will be available. For details, visit www.chmuseums.org.

Tega Cay celebration
Tega Cay’s 36th anniversary Fourth of July celebration will be 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4. The event will include the annual land parade, a paddleboat joust and log-rolling. A boat parade will depart from Nivens Creek at 11 a.m. and there will be a performance by the Carolina Show Ski Team at Windjammer at 1 p.m. After the Splish-n-Splash at 3 p.m. the Tega Cay Lions will host a fish fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Glennon Center. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. For details, visit www.tegacaysc.org/1019/4th-of-July-Celebration.

York Independence Day Celebration
The York Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will be from 7-10 p.m. July 4 at York Middle School, 1010 Devinney Road, York. The event is free and will include activities, a fireworks show, live music featuring “The Entertainers” and bounce houses and inflatables. There will be golf cart transportation for walking assistance. Food and drink will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers permitted.

Camden Fourth of July Kids’ Parade
Camden’s third-annual Fourth of July Kids’ Parade will be 10-11 a.m. June 30. Pre-parade activities will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton Street, Camden, before the parade down Rutledge Street starts at 10:30 a.m. For the safety of participants, motorized vehicles are not allowed. Children under 10 must be escorted by an adult. For details, visit www.cityofcamden.org/events/fourth-july-kids-parade.

Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display

The Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display will be 9:30-10 p.m. Best viewing spots are the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, T-Bones on the Lake, Rey Azteca at Lake Wylie Plaza, Bagel Boat and Long Cove Marina.

Lake Wateree Fireworks Show
The Lake Wateree Association Annual Fireworks Show will be 9:15-9:40 p.m. July 4 at Island 8, near Clearwater Cove Marina, 2029 Baron Dekelb Road, Camden. For details, call (803) 427-0883.

SkyShow Charlotte 2018

SkyShow Charlotte 2018 kicks off with the SkyShow Street Party including baseball, radio hosts, kids activities, live entertainment and food vendors 2-10 p.m. July 4 on Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark. The Charlotte Knights will take on the Durham Bulls at 6:05 p.m. followed by a patriotic flag ceremony and fireworks show after the game. For details, visit www.skyshowcharlotte.com/.