Looking for 2013 Fourth of July events? This blog post is about 2011 events, but you can find this year's list of things to do on the Fourth of July at columbiacvb.com/fourth-of-july

Looking for ways to fire up your Fourth of July in Columbia, SC? We've put together this list of hot events and things to do to keep you entertained throughout this long Independence Day weekend, complete with tons of fireworks! For more information about these events, view our calendar.

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011
Fort Jackson's 'Torchlight Tattoo'
Fort Jackson's annual Torchlight Tattoo event will feature a concert by the 282nd Army Band at 8:00 pm, with the Salute to the Nation Ceremony at 9:00 pm, followed by a 30 minute fireworks display. Parking areas will open at 3:30 pm and concession stands and children's play areas are scheduled to open at 4:00 pm.

Miss South Carolina 75th Anniversary Celebration
What's more American than the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Miss South Carolina? Celebrate glamour from every era and meet the women who have worn the crown. Walk down memory lane and witness the glam of the Miss South Carolina Museum at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

City of Columbia Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the City of Columbia this Saturday at Finlay Park. They will have a variety of activities for the entire family, including a children's area, food and beverage vendors, karaoke for children and adults, live entertainment, and a fireworks show. Admission is free and festivities begin at 3:00 pm.

July 4th Celebration on Lake Murray
This star spangled event will feature a boat parade and fireworks choreographed to a patriotic musical show. The boat parade will kick off at noon, led by the Southern Patriot Tour Boat. Fireworks will be launched at dusk (or around 9:15 pm) from Dreher Island and Spence Island, with prime viewing spots at Dreher Island State Park or the Lake Murray Dam park. Get there early, as parking will close when it reaches capacity.

Fireworks Cruise on the Spirit of Lake Murray
Enjoy the Lake Murray fireworks aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray while dining and mingling on the water. Cost is $80 per person and includes food and two beverages.

Let's Go Sailing on Lake Murray
This July 4th weekend, enjoy a two hour sample of sailing with Lanier Sailing Academy-Lake Murray with a certified sailing instructor. Cost is $25 per person.

75th Anniversary Miss South Carolina Pageant
Show your patriotic spirit at the 75th Annual Miss South Carolina Pageant at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC this year. Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant are available for purchase at the Township Auditorium box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Village at Sandhill Neighborfest
Kick off "Celebration Weekend" at the Village at Sandhill's inaugural NeighborFest on Saturday, July 2 in Town Center Commons from noon to 6:00 pm. Local charities, school organizations, dance troupes, singing groups, and more have been invited to join in the festivities, including a special 2:00 pm performance by Allen University's View the Midnight Skies, an ensemble of original poetry, dance, and chamber music. A special display and presentation of equipment by the Columbia Police Department is scheduled.

Fireworks with the Columbia Blowfish
The Columbia Blowfish will celebrate Independence Day by having a fireworks show at Capital City Stadium after their games on July 2, 3 and 4. Kids will also have the chance to play catch on the field with the Blowfish players before the game. Games start at 7:05 pm. Ticket prices range from $5 to $7.

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011

Let's Go Sailing on Lake Murray
This July 4th weekend, enjoy a two hour sample of sailing with Lanier Sailing Academy-Lake Murray with a certified sailing instructor. Cost is $25 per person.

Fireworks with the Columbia Blowfish
The Columbia Blowfish will celebrate Independence Day by having a fireworks show at Capital City Stadium after their games on July 2, 3 and 4. Kids will also have the chance to play catch on the field with the Blowfish players before the game. Game starts at 6:05 pm. Ticket prices range from $5 to $7.

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

Lexington County Peach Festival and Fireworks Show
The 53rd Lexington County Peach Festival will be held Monday, July 4 at Gilbert Community Park and will feature an antique car show from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, a tractor show from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, the Peach Parade at 9:30 am, the Junior Peach Pageant at 2:00 pm, the Miss Lexington County Pageant at 7:00 pm and fireworks at 10:00 pm.

Freedom Festival at the Village at Sandhill
Village at Sandhill's annual Freedom Festival returns on July 4th with a day of arts, crafts, and music that will cap off with the mid-state's premier fireworks show. The Richland County Sherriff's Department will also be on-hand with equipment displays and demonstrations. A full slate of the area's top music talent is also scheduled throughout the day featuring bands Rock Candy at 2:00pm, Angela Easterling and The Beguilers at 5:00pm, and The Fabulous Kays rounding out the evening's live music at 7:30pm. The fireworks show kicks off at 9:30pm.

Fireworks with the Columbia Blowfish
The Columbia Blowfish will celebrate Independence Day by having a fireworks show at Capital City Stadium after their games on July 2, 3 and 4. Kids will also have the chance to play catch on the field with the Blowfish players before the game. Game starts at 6:05 pm. Ticket prices range from $5 to $7.

Let's Go Sailing on Lake Murray
This July 4th weekend, enjoy a two hour sample of sailing with Lanier Sailing Academy-Lake Murray with a certified sailing instructor. Cost is $25 per person.

Newberry's Annual 4th of July Fireworks
A fantastic evening of rides, music, sky diving, and fireworks is on tap as the Newberry County Law Enforcement Officers Association presents its annual 4th of July celebration at Newberry High School. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm, when the gates open with music and rides for the children. There will be a sky diving exhibition led by Trent Purcell at 8:00 pm, and the evening will culminate with one of the southeast's largest fireworks displays around 9:00 pm. Admission is free, but there will be food and beverage vendors with items available for purchase.

Can't make it out for the festivities? Watch our video of fireworks from last year's 'Torchlight Tattoo' at Fort Jackson on YouTube:

View a full list of events on our calendar or book a hotel room and make a weekend of it. Read more about these events and others around the state on the Discover South Carolina Insider blog or WIStv.com.