Star-Spangled Fun 2022

Independence Day Festivities & Fireworks

June 30
Fort Gordon’s Independence Day Celebration
Barton Field
Fort Gordon’s celebration includes a kiddie carnival, food and craft vendors, fireworks show and live entertainment from Chris Janson, Chris Lane and Julia Cole. Bring blankets and chairs, but no pets, tents, outside alcohol, coolers or grills. 5-11 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverage tickets are available for presale at the MWR Directorate Office (Building 28320, Lane Avenue). Guests 16 and older must present a photo ID at Fort Gordon’s entrance gate. (706) 791-8878, fortgordon.com

July 2
Yankee Doodle Dash
Savannah Rapids Park
Celebrate the 4th with a flat and fast 5k and 10k down the Augusta Canal tow path along the Savannah River. Overall winners will be recognized in this Bare Bones-style race. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. visitcolumbiacountyga.com 

Grovetown 4th of July Barbecue
Liberty Park Community Center
The City of Grovetown’s community-wide barbecue is a drive-through with free barbecue plates. Limit 4 plates per car. 11 a.m. until supplies last. cityofgrovetown.com

 Freedom Blast
Thomson-McDuffie Government Center Grounds
The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Thomson bring Independence Day fun with a lawn picnic that features food trucks, bounce houses, games, craft vendors and fireworks. 7-9:45 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Admission is free. thomsonmcduffiechamber.com

Clarks Hill Lake 4th of July Fireworks
Raysville Marina
Friends of Clarks Hill Lake present 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.

July 3
Augusta GreenJackets Fireworks Extravaganza
SRP Park
Celebrate the red, white and blue with an all-American evening of baseball and fireworks. The GreenJackets take on the Columbia Fireflies at 6:05 p.m., followed by a fireworks extravaganza. milb.com/augusta

July 4
Boom in the Park
Evans Towne Center Park
Bring chairs and blankets to Columbia County’s annual Independence Day celebration. The celebration features live music by Ryan Trotti and Savannah Sunday, food trucks and a fireworks show. 5-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Admission is free. No glass or alcohol is allowed. experiencecolumbiacounty.com 

4th of July Celebration
Living History Park
Family celebration features a parade, reading of the Constitution, free hot dogs, watermelon, Icy Pops and water. Prizes awarded for most patriotic dog, stroller and kids. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; donations accepted. colonialtimes.us 

Independence Day Celebration
Augusta Commons
Downtown Augusta’s Independence Day Celebration features live entertainment, craft vendors, food vendors, patriotic merchandise and children’s play area. 5-9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Bring blankets and chairs, but no coolers or pets. Free admission. (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov

July 9
Independence Day Celebration Fireworks and Boat Parade
Plum Branch Yacht Club
Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic boat parade, food, games, entertainment and fireworks over the lake. The boat parade kicks things off at noon, and festivities continue through the fireworks show. Fireworks begin at dark. Barbecue plates will be sold for $14.93 (yes, .93) each from noon to 4 p.m., and the Lakeside Grill will be open until 9 p.m. 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