July 4th on a Wednesday never sounds like much fun, but the nice thing is that it tends to spread things out across more days to celebrate.  That gives you the opportunity to hit more than the typical one or two events.  This holiday is typically one of my favorites, primarily because I always get fireworks the day after my birthday, but also because watching the fireworks still makes my eyes light up!

In 2012, you will have plenty of events to choose from, with entertainment ranging from rock to jazz, and kid-centric events in just about every town and city in the Upstate.

So, if you’re a fireworks fanatic, I hope you will find the list of July 4th events around Greenville, SC helpful to get your fill of patriotism!

Saturday, June 30th

5pm-10:30pm – Freedom Blast at Greer City Park (http://www.cityofgreer.org/FreedomBlast.php)
This event certainly is a blast.  Tons of music (multiple stages), tons of food, and more inflatables than I’ve ever seen in one place!  Truly something to experience, so why not this year?

Sunday, July 1st

Dusk – Fireworks Display at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC.  Touted as the largest fireworks display in Anderson, this family-friendly event is completely free, including parking.

Tuesday, July 3rd

2pm-10pm – Celebrate America at Old Market Square in Easley (http://www.easleyevents.com/July_4th.html)
This 2-day event kicks off Saturday with carnival rides, street vendors, a 50′s cruise-in night (5-10pm), and a concert by The Flashbacks (7-10pm).  This event is free, although carnival rides require tickets.  Tickets are $1 each, and rides are between 1 and 4 tickets.  Tuesday only, an unlimited ride pass is available to purchase for $15.

6:30pm – Riverfront Freedom Festival at the Little River Ampitheater in Laurens
Admission is free, and Outshyne will perform from 7:15pm until the fireworks begin at approximately 9:15pm.

Wednesday, July 4th

2pm-11pm – Celebrate America at Old Market Square in Easley (http://www.easleyevents.com/July_4th.html)
Another day full of street vendors, carnival rides, the Katlin Owen Band (4pm-6pm), the Encore Band (7pm to close), and fireworks beginning at 9:45pm.  This event is free, although carnival rides require tickets.  Tickets are $1 each, and rides are between 1 and 4 tickets.

5pm-10:30pm – Red, White, and Blue in Downtown Greenville (http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/RedWhiteBlue.aspx)
What doesn’t Red, White, and Blue have?  Not much.  Spanning 6 blocks, plus Falls Park, RW&B features music on two stages (Country artists Outshyne and Jazz Guardians are on tap this year), as well as the 246 SC National Guard Band at the Peace Center Ampitheater.  In addition to music though, you will find plenty of food and a large children’s area at East Broad and Main Street.  The fireworks begin at 9:45pm, and will be synchronized to music simulcast on 92.5FM.

6pm – Greenville Drive vs Rome Braves (www.greenvilledrive.com)
Certainly a special night for the Greenville Drive to return home from the road.  The entire game will be themed to celebrate Independence Day, from the music to the games, and of course, the fireworks.

6pm – Red, White and Boom in Barnet Park in Spartanburg (http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/index.cfm?PageID=344&ParentPageID=32&NavID=78)
Come to Barnet Park for music, food, fireworks, and claims of the largest fireworks finale in the Upstate.  Performers this year include the Spartanburg Community Band, Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, and the Half Dozen Brass Band.  General admission is $5, while children 6 and under are free.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at Carolina Alliance Band or any Bruster’s Real Ice Cream location in Spartanburg (3 locations).  Tickets are also available at the gate.

8pm – Independence Day with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at the Charter Ampitheater (Heritage Park) in Simpsonville (http://www.heritageparkamphitheater.com/event_july4.html)
Do you want to talk about BOOM?  This even includes not only fireworks, but also cannons, and free kids’ games.  Simpsonville is apparently mixing in some classy (read: expensive) options to this year’s celebration.  In addition to $5 general admission lawn seating, tables are available for $300, $75 for a single adult seat at a VIP table, and $30 for a single child seat (ages 3-12) at a VIP table.  However, it is important to note that table seating includes complimentary food, beverage, and VIP parking.

Saturday, July 7th

12:30pm-9:05pm – Celebration of Freedom at Cowpens National Battlefield (http://www.nps.gov/cowp/specialevents.htm)
A very fitting setting, this event features battlefield walks, 18th century weapons demonstrations, children’s activities, music, and of course, fireworks brought to you by Zambelli.  This is a free event.

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If I missed your event, feel to contact me with the details, or leave them in the comments section and they will be added to the list!

Have a great 4th of July, and be safe!

- Cameron

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