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Four Best Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in South Carolina

Marie McAden Marie McAden

July Fourth shaping up to be a dud? Spark up your holiday weekend with a road trip to South Carolina. Whether you make your way to Charleston, Myrtle Beach Columbia or Greenville, you'll find one-of-a-kind celebrations in some of the coolest spots in the state.

Here are four of South Carolina's most spectacular Independence Day firework shows:

1. Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast in Charleston

Watch fireworks explode over beautiful Charleston Harbor from one of the most unique viewing platforms in the country - the flight deck of the historic USS Yorktown, the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Tickets are $30 and include access to the ship starting at 6 p.m. There will be an array of food and drinks for purchase and live music throughout the evening. Or purchase a $75 VIP ticket, and receive complimentary drinks from a full service bar and access to a special area at the bow of the ship with chairs and tables.

Visitors also can watch the show for free on the grounds of the Patriots Point Museum. The landside celebration will include kids' activities starting at 4 p.m. and live music beginning at 5.

Parking for everyone is $10 per car. Click here for more information.

2. Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

Set to patriotic music, this pyrotechnics extravaganza takes place over 23-acre Lake Broadway, the centerpiece of the popular festival entertainment complex.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include guest appearances by princesses from classic children's story books, live music in Celebrity Square and performances by Mini Starz tribute artists portraying entertainers like Elton John, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.

With restaurants, specialty stores and attractions like WonderWorks, Ripley's Aquarium Palace Theatre and Hollywood Wax Museum, it's easy to make a day of it. To find out more about Broadway by the Beach's offerings, click here.

3. Fort Jackson in Columbia

What better place to celebrate America's independence than at the U.S. Army's largest soldier training center? The installation's annual "Torchlight Tattoo" features a cannon salute to each state and territory in the United States, music by the 282nd Army band and a spectacular stars-and-stripes firework display over Hilton Field.

Plan to arrive early for the best seats and parking. Everyone older than 16 must show a valid state or government-issued identification card. You'll also need proof of insurance and your car's registration. For more information on Fort Jackson, click here.

4. Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival in Greenville

With the Liberty Bridge as a backdrop, this patriotic Fourth of July celebration is an Upstate favorite with live music on two stages, a kids' zone and plenty of vendors offering food and drinks.

The party takes place on the streets of Greenville's vibrant downtown and in Falls Park on the scenic Reedy River. Bring your blanket and find a spot by the 28-foot Reedy River Falls for a great view of the fireworks. Need more details? Click here.

Marie McAden
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