Come to SC in July and Celebrate America, Watermelon, Shrimp and All Things Southern

By:Page Ivey

Date:6/28/2016

There is no better way to celebrate South Carolina in July than with the many fireworks and other patriotic celebrations around the state. Of course, later in the month, there are festivals toasting the wonderful watermelon, sumptuous shrimp and, best of all, barbecue.

Here's how to celebrate Independence Day in style.

July 2

Columbia

One of the longest-running celebrations is Torchlight Tattoo at Fort Jackson in Columbia with music by the Army band and a spectacular display that can be seen for miles around. (Just remember to bring an identification card and proof of insurance and registration for your car.) Events start at 4 p.m., with fireworks starting about 9 p.m.

July 2

Columbia

If you'd rather be on the water, don't miss the Lake Murray Boat Parade and Fireworks, which features dozens of boats cruising from Bomb Island to the Dreher Shoals Dam. Best viewing here is the Lake Murray Pedestrian Walkway. Fireworks start at dusk.

July 2

Murrells Inlet

If you're along the coast, check out the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade – which brings together more than 130 boats a mile long cruising by this beachside town. Docks along the marsh side also are festooned with patriotic flair, and one of the best viewing spots is the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Parade starts at 5 p.m.

July 4

Charleston

Watch a spectacular fireworks display from the deck of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Charleston Harbor. It's free to watch from the shore, or you can buy special tickets and watch on deck. Music and entertainment start at 4 p.m., with fireworks estimated to start about 9:15 p.m.

Myrtle Beach

Stroll the boardwalk at watch the pyrotechnics over the 23-acre Lake Broadway at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. Fireworks start about 10 p.m.

Greenville

In the Upstate, you can watch the fireworks blasts over Liberty Bridge at the Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival in Falls Park on Greenville’s Reedy River. Events start at 5 p.m., with two stages of music throughout the evening. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. The best viewing is on Main Street between Court Street and Falls Park Drive.

Mountain Rest

A folksy way to mark the holiday is Hillbilly Day, which celebrates the culture and crafts of Appalachia with arts and crafts, barbecue, a greased pig chase, clogging contests and Bluegrass music. Festivities are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July 7-10

Greenwood

For some real down-home flavor, check out the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Greenwood. Meet some of the best barbecue cookers from all across the country and sample the goods from a barbecue and hash cook-off. The festival kicks off with a Greenwood Blues Cruise with a free Live After 5 Concert. July 7-10.

July 8-23

Gaffney

Georgia might be called the Peach State, but here in South Carolina, we grow way more peaches and salute the beautiful fruit with a celebration at the home of the most famous peach of all, the Peachoid in Gaffney. Celebrate two weeks of peaches at the South Carolina Peach Festival, which starts off with dessert and live music followed by a road race, dog show, beauty pageant and tractor pull. The second weekend, Family Fest brings carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and the Peach Festival Parade.

July 14-16

Pageland

Most festivals in South Carolina celebrate our homegrown food and nothing says summer in the South like watermelon. The Pageland Watermelon Festival brings together so many Southernisms, you’ll think you’re in a movie. There’s a beauty pageant, with contestants vying for the title of Watermelon World Queen; a seed-spitting contest; a watermelon-eating contest (with some pretty strict rules, mind you) as well as a parade, a car show, food vendors, music and a rodeo.

July 14-15

Bluffton

The next-most Southern food on the festival menu is shrimp, and you will find that at the May River Shrimp Festival. Watch how the pros “head” shrimp, then enjoy their work with cocktail sauce or over grits. There’s tons of local food, crafts and live music.

July 16

Clinton

Musgrove Mill Kid's Day offers families a great opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and learn about life in the South Carolina Backcountry during the Revolutionary War era. $5. Reservations recommended by calling Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at 864.938.0100 or mgmillsp@scprt.com.

July 15-24

Beaufort

Beaufort Water Festival celebrates the river and ocean that define the area’s culture, food and daily life. Kids and adults alike will enjoy water activities, a Lowcountry Supper and nightly concerts during this weeklong celebration.

July 29-31

Myrtle Beach

The Craftsmen's Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival features original work from hundreds of artists and crafts people from across the country. Several exhibitors will demonstrate their craft in their booths at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. July 29-31.

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