There’s no shortage of local events to celebrate July 4, on or around the actual date. Following is a roundup of where you can see fireworks and other Independence Day festivities.
Below is a rundown of some of the events. Unless noted, all events listed take place on July 4.
Western York County
The city of York will present its fourth annual Fourth of July celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. at York Middle School. The event will feature live music by The Entertainers, games and activities for children, vendors who will sell food and beverages and fireworks. Admission is free.
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“This year, if the weather will hold out for us, we are expecting a very large crowd,” said Fire Chief Dominic Manera.
Manera said the event drew 3,00 people the first year and 7,000 to 9,000 people two years ago. Last year, it attracted about 3,000 people, despite a large thunderstorm that dampened the fun.
“It’s all about having fun. A family of any size can come out and enjoy an afternoon and not spend a lot of money,” said Manera, who is helping to organize the event with other city officials.
He said several different vendors will sell a variety of food this year. Some of the food items will include fish and chicken strips, burgers and dogs, barbecue, funnel cakes and shaved ice.
In McConnells, Historic Brattonsville will host an Independence Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4. The 34th S.C. Militia unit will give firing demonstrations and drill including a children’s drill.
Other activities will include games of rounders — think baseball, but with different rules — period music, patriotic readings and toasts, enactments of enslaved community celebrations and an 1840s cooking demonstration. Hightower Hall will be open at an additional charge for tours.
Admission to Brattonsville is $6 adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $3 ages 4 to 17 and free for members and children ages 3 and younger. Food, drinks and ice cream will be sold on the site.
A few days later, the Western York County town of Sharon will host its annual Fourth of July parade at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7.
The 10th annual Red, White and Boom, Rock Hill’s Fourth of July festival, opens at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at The Old Town Amphitheater. The event features Da Throwback Band at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
The Battle of the Bands contest winner announcement opens the show at 7 p.m.
Da Throwback Band performs a high-energy show full of disco, pop and funk songs of the 1970s. In addition to the live concert, there will be kids activities, an ice cream eating contest and food and beverage vendors.
The festival is free and will be held rain or shine. No coolers, food or pets.
For residents in River Hills, there’s a relatively recent addition to the July 4 calendar afoot. The Fourth of July Bike Parade begins at 10 a.m. with decoration taking place the hour prior at the River Hills Community Church parking lot.
The parade takes place along Hamilton’s Ferry Road, including decorated bikes, scooters, baby strollers and golf carts. Bethel Fire Department will visit, and donations will be taken for firefighters.
The annual July 4 fireworks display over Lake Wylie begins at dusk (about 9:45 p.m.) with best viewing at Buster Boyd Access area, T-Bones on the Lake, the deck at Rey Azteca, the patio at Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant or other spots nearby. The fireworks launch from Camp Thunderbird. Viewers are asked not to park on Buster Boyd Bridge for the show.
The show is funded each year by community donations. Since most donations come in near or on July 4, organizers look to raise about $33,000 which includes the $11,000 down payment for next year.
“We will soon have this year’s show covered but need to leave enough in the fund to ensure next year will have enough to make commitment,” said Susan Bromfield, president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. “If everyone who likes and enjoys the fireworks will just send a check in any amount $10, $20, $30 or more we will have ample money to pay for 2012 and to continue the tradition.”
The annual display draws thousands by land and boat, with decades of lighting up the lake. The tradition “will only end when the community contributions do not cover the costs,” Bromfield said, which shouldn’t be soon.
To help, mark donations “Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund” and mail them to One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie SC, 29710.
Tega Cay celebrates its 30th anniversary on July 4, again offering a variety of festivities. The Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament (call 548-3500 for more information) begins at 9 a.m., followed by the land parade down Tega Cay Drive at 9:30 a.m., the Splish n’ Splash Summer Bash noon to 4 p.m. at the golf club/Glennon Center parking lot, a noon canoe joust, 12:30 p.m. boat parade and 1 p.m. ski show at Windjammer Park, a 4:30-7:30 p.m. Lions Fish Fry at the Glennon Center and fireworks at the golf course at 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the annual staples, there’s a new addition just to celebrate 30 years as a city.
“It’s never happened before,” organizer Sue Hapner said. “We wanted to do something special.”
Residents will contribute to a time capsule to be opened at the city’s 50th anniversary. Included will be letters from mayors, pictures, prices of items today and other memorabilia. There will be the recently found song written for Tega Cay’s foundation.
“We’re going to have someone sing it at the dedication,” Hapner said.
The dedication will be at the Glennon Center from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Essays or predictions will be accepted. The time capsule won’t actually be sealed until December, giving residents more time to contribute.
A patriotic program begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., featuring speaker Manning Kimmel, owner of ara radio station WRHI, followed by the traditional canon firing at Confederate Park.
Later, Skyshow 2012 combines baseball and fireworks at the Charlotte Knights home contest, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Pregame festivities begin at 5 p.m., the game at 7:15 p.m. Game tickets start at $8. The fireworks display will begin immediately after the final out. For more information, visit charlotteknights.com.
• The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts the Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival July 3-4, with music beginning at 4 p.m. each day. The event is free and open to the public. At dark both nights, fireworks will launch from Hawk Island, displaying over the whitewater river. For more information, visit usnwc.org.
• Belmont begins its festivities early, with Red, White & Belmont running June 29-July 1. The Stowe Park festival includes carnival rides, games, vendors, contests, concerts and fireworks. For more information, visit cityofbelmont.org.
• Cramerton hosts a Goat Island grand opening and July 4 celebration June 30, with a farmers market, canoe/kayak rentals, inflatables, boat shuttles and music, ending with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit cramerton.org.
• Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Legends Big Money 100 July 2-3, including a fireworks show the latter evening. Tickets are $10 for adults, age 13 and under are free. For more information, visit charlottemotorspeedway.com.
• Da Throwback Band at Red, White & Boom! plays at 8:15 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater in Rock Hill. The festival begins at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. For more information, visit onlyinoldtown.com.