Independence Day is being celebrated with parades, fireworks and living history in York County and the surrounding area Friday.
Hightower Hall, the antebellum home of John Bratton Jr. at Brattonsville in McConnells, will be open until 4 p.m., featuring 19th-century-style festivities such as music and dancing, a militia muster,and children’s military drills.
Visitors can participate in the English folk game called Rounders, which is similar to baseball, or in the Game of Graces, also known as French Hoops. The Civilian Archers Society will demonstrate target archery.
Historic interpreters will give cooking demonstrations and tours of the antebellum homes. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will provide food for purchase; picnic baskets are welcome.
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Historic Brattonsville’s Independence Day Celebration will culminate with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the front steps of Hightower Hall at 3 p.m.
Admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, ages 4-17; free to CHM members and children age 3 and younger. Admission is free to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Information: chmuseums.org or 803-684-2327.
Other celebrations include:
Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display begins at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. The best viewing is from Buster Boyd access area and Lake Wylie Plaza, including the restaurants there.
Tega Cay has a full lineup of events as the city celebrates both the nation’s and its own birthday July 4. This year the city turns 32.
The golf club pavilion hosts a Splish-n-Splash Summer Bash 3-5 p.m. where children can play on wet slide inflatables. The same site hosts the Tega Cay Lions Club annual fish fry 4:30-7:30 p.m. and city ceremonies with birthday cake at 8:15 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
At Carowinds, the nightly fireworks show, Nights of Fire, begins at 10 each night from July 4 to Aug. 2.
The city of York will host a community Fourth of July celebration 7-10 p.m. Friday on the field at York Middle School on U.S. 321 South.
The event will include music, children’s activities and fireworks. Food will be sold. Admission is free. The event is presented in cooperation with the York school district.
The Charlotte Knights will host its biggest fireworks display of the year at the new downtown ballpark. Skyshow 2014 Fireworks Spectacular begins after the home game against the Norfolk Tides.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center continues it celebration Friday. Events include music, a cornhole tournament ($30 per team) and local breweries along with the man-made whitewater course and other attractions on site. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.