Independence Day events

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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 7 p.m. showing of the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” games, bounce houses and a fireworks show beginning about 9:30 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. For details, e-mail bethlehem@comporium.net. 
Covenant Freedom Celebration
Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster, will host a Freedom Celebration 7-8 p.m. July 3. There will be food, inflatables, water games, music and fireworks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the fireworks  show. All are welcome.
Charlesboro July 4th Parade
The 40thannual Charlesboro July 4th Parade will be at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Taxahaw Road from New Haven Baptist Church, 9244 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster, 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. To participate, safe vehicles must display an American flag. No selling or soliciting is allowed. 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 will be at 5 p.m. July 4., followed by Summerfest. The event will include vendors, music, food and a vintage car show. Entertainment includes Cleo White and the Identity Band, Amber Williams, vendors, food and a vintage car show. Vendor registration is $30 per table. The deadline for registration is June 21 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, (803) 416-2836 or (803) 320-1649.
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 Fire Department. Parade spectators may line up down Billy Kirk Road. Hot dogs and watermelon will be served afterward at the fire station.
VWCDC 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, Van Wyck. 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
Fourth of July Kids’ Parade

Camden’s fourth-annual Fourth of July Kids Parade is 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.
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 ID. Weather permitting, the Celebrate America Fireworks Show begins at 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Patriots, Picnic, and Pops
Historic Camden and members of the Camden Community Concert Band will host the fifth-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.
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.
Fort Mill Independence Day Celebration
Fort Mill’s Independence Day Celebration is 6-9 p.m. July 3 at the downtown bandstand, 183 Main St., Fort Mill. There will be a cookout with vendors selling food at 6 p.m., a ceremony at 8:15 p.m., the firing of the cannons at 8:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. 
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, with outdoor adventures, yoga, music by The Colognes and Rayland Baxter at 6 and 8 p.m. July 3 and Smooth Hound Smith and the North Mississippi Allstars at 6 and 8 p.m. July 4, and fireworks at 9:30 both days. Bring a blanket or chairs. For details, visit www.usnwc.org/relax/festivals/fourth-of-july-celebration/.
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 St., 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.
Waxhaw Independence Day celebration
Waxhaw’s annual July 4 celebration will include a downtown Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. July 4. There will be no fireworks this year. 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 town hall, to Stumptown Park on South Trade St., Matthews, N.C., begins 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.
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 37th anniversary Fourth of July celebration is 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 leaves Nivens Creek at 11 a.m. and there will be a performance by the Carolina Show Ski Team at Windjammer Park at 1 p.m. After the Splish-n-Splash at 3 p.m., the Tega Cay Lions will host a fish fry 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 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 7-10 p.m. July 4 at York Comprehensive HIgh School, 1010 Devinney Road, York. The event is free and will include activities, a fireworks show, live music featuring “The Entertainers” and inflatables. There will be golf cart transportation for walking assistance. Food and drink will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers permitted.
Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display
The Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display is 9:30-10 p.m. July 4. Best viewing spots for the free display 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 is 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 2019
SkyShow Charlotte 2019 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/.