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Fireworks-genericLocal Independence Day Fireworks & Festivities

June 29
Fort Gordon’s Independence Day Celebration
Barton Field
Wear red, white and blue to Fort Gordon’s annual celebration that includes more than 30 food and craft vendors, a children’s carnival, family activities, fireworks show and live music by Justin Moore, Colbie Caillat and Wordsmith. Bring blankets and chairs, but no pets, tents or coolers. Bags may not exceed 16x16x8 inches. 5-11 p.m. Free admission. Guests 16 and older must present a photo ID at Fort Gordon’s entrance gate. All guests, bags and items will be searched. (706) 791-8878,

June 30
Clarks Hill Lake 4th of July Fireworks
Amity Recreation Area
Community group Friends of Clarks Hill Lake presents a fireworks show for boaters and onlookers from shore. Best viewing areas on land are from Amity Recreation Area and Raysville Marina. Free. 8-10 p.m. Bring seating and picnics.

Patriotic cupcakesJuly 3
Freedom Blast
Thomson-McDuffie Government Center Lawn
The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Thomson bring Independence Day fun to the front lawn of the government complex. The event includes family games and activities, live music by Xtreme Party Band and food and drink vendors that offer barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more. The Thomson Fire Department will be on hand with its ladder truck, spraying water for kids to play in. 7-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Bring lawn seating. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Free. (706) 597-1000,

July 4
Boom in the Park
Patriots Park
Bring chairs, blankets and picnics to Columbia County’s annual Independence Day celebration. Event includes live music, local food vendors and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. General admission is free; carnival rides, inflatables and train rides require a $5 wristband. (706) 868-3484.

Grovetown Fourth of July Barbecue
Liberty Park Community Center
The City of Grovetown’s community-wide picnic features free barbecue sandwiches (while supplies last), craft vendors, food vendors, family activities, live entertainment by David Doane Entertainment and a kiddie fun zone with inflatables and face painting. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (706) 860-7691,

Watermelon genericIndependence Day Celebration
Augusta Common
Downtown Augusta’s Independence Day Celebration features live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, patriotic merchandise, family activities and children’s play area with inflatables. 4-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Bring blankets and chairs but no coolers or pets. Free admission. (706) 821-1754,

July 7
Patriotic Fireworks and Boat Parade
Plum Branch Yacht Club
Celebrate Independence Day with a boat parade, food, games, live entertainment and fireworks over the lake. The boat parade is 1-2:30 p.m. To participate, pre-register your boat by calling Dave Kelley at (540) 220-6006. There is no entry fee. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place winners, so be creative and decorate your boat in a patriotic theme, including costumes for the crew. Games and live entertainment begin at 3:30 p.m., and fireworks begin at dark at Buoy 62. The fireworks show is free for those visiting by boat. There is a $10 cover charge for those who come to the yacht club. For more details, contact the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce at (864) 852-2835 or the Plum Branch Yacht Club at (864) 443-3001.,