Area communities plan music, food, fireworks and more to celebrate this weekend’s Fourth of July.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on:
• The city of York will host a community Fourth of July celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday on the field at York Middle School on U.S. 321 South.
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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.
• Independence Day will be celebrated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Hightower Hall, the antebellum home of John Bratton Jr. at Brattonsville in McConnells.
The living history plantation will feature 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 be demonstrating target archery.
Historic interpreters will be giving cooking demonstrations and tours of the antebellum homes. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will be providing food for purchase; picnic baskets are welcome.
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 and 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.
• Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display will begin at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. Friday. The best viewing is from Buster Boyd Access area and Lake Wylie Plaza, including the several restaurants there.
• Red, White and Boom, Rock Hill’s Fourth of July celebration, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday on East Black Street in downtown Rock Hill. The event features a free concert, food and a kids’ zone with rides and an ice cream eating contest.
Carolinas Wind Orchestra performs at 7 p.m., IMAGE & GT Sound plays at 8:15 p.m. and the fireworks display is at 10 p.m.
• Tega Cay will celebrate not only the nation’s birthday, but its own birthday July 4. This year the city turns 32.
Events start with a golf tournament and land parade at 9 a.m. down Tega Cay Drive. Free trolley rides to Windjammer Park will have guests there in time for the canoe joust at 11 a.m., the arrival of the boat parade at 12:30 p.m. and a performance by the Carolina Show Ski Team at 1 p.m.
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.
• The Charlotte Knights host its biggestfireworks display
of the year at the new uptown ballpark. Skyshow 2014 Fireworks Spectacular begins after the home game against the Norfolk Tides.