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2019 Local Independence Day Fireworks & Festivities

July 3
Fort Gordon’s Independence Day Celebration
Barton Field
Celebrate the red, white and blue at Fort Gordon’s annual celebration that includes a carnival, food and craft vendors, fireworks show and live music by Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and Kylie Morgan. Bring blankets and chairs, but no pets, tents or coolers. 5-11 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverage tickets also are available for presale at the MWR Directorate Office (Building 28320, Lane Avenue) if you want to avoid the lines. Guests 16 and older must present a photo ID at Fort Gordon’s entrance gate. (706) 791-8878, fortgordon.com

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 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. Admission is free. (706) 597-1000, thomsonmcduffiechamber.com

July 4
Boom in the Park
Evans Towne Center Park
Bring chairs, blankets and picnics to Columbia County’s annual Independence Day celebration. Event includes live music by Whiskey Run, free Sparkle Express train rides for the kids, local food vendors and fireworks. 4-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Admission is free. No pets, coolers, glass or outside food and drinks. (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, cityofgrovetown.com

Independence 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, augustaga.gov

July 6
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. 9 p.m. Bring seating and picnics. exploremcduffiecounty.com

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks and Boat Parade
Plum Branch Yacht Club
Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic boat parade, food, games, live entertainment and fireworks over the lake. The boat parade kicks things off at 12:30 p.m., and festivities continue until 10 p.m. To enter a boat (there is no entry fee), pre-register with Commander Dave Kelley at (864) 391-8173 or davebkelley@gmail.com. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place winners, so be creative and decorate with a patriotic theme that includes costumes for the crew. Barbecue plates will be sold for $8 each at the Pavilion at Plum Branch Yacht Club from noon to 4 p.m., and the Lakeside Grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Games and entertainment for children of all ages will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. near the Pavilion. Fireworks begin at dark. For more details, contact the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce at (864) 852-2835, the Plum Branch Yacht Club at (864) 443-3000 or the Lakeside Grill at (864) 443-3004. mccormickscchamber.org, plumbranch.com.

July 7
Independence Day Festive Service & Potluck BBQ
Saint Paul’s Church
Music director Keith Shafer presents a patriotic worship service at 11 a.m. that includes a brass quintet, percussionists and soloist Russell Joel Brown. A potluck barbecue will be held afterward in Saint Paul’s River and Berlin rooms at 6th and Reynolds at the Riverwalk. For more information, visit SaintPauls.org or call (706) 724-2485.