The 4th of July is this Friday and the long holiday weekend means there are a ton of fun things to do in Columbia, SC! Keep reading to find out about the patriotic happenings, a dinosaur invasion, summer movies, local events, baseball games and incredible exhibits going on this weekend, but be sure to also check out our calendar of events for the complete rundown on all the offerings of "The New Southern Hot Spot!"

4th of july festivities
Get ready to don your best red, white and blue attire this weekend when you go out to celebrate our nation's independence at one of these fantastic events happening all throughout Columbia, SC. 
Star Spangled Symphonic Salute at Saluda Shoals Park Friday 6 - 9 p.m.; $4 - $11
Lexington County Peach Festival at Gilbert Community Park Friday 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Torchlight Tattoo & Fireworks at Hilton Field at Fort Jackson Friday 4 p.m.
Village at Sandhill Freedom Fest at Village at Sandhill Friday 1 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Newberry Firework Celebration at Newberry High School Friday 6 p.m.; Free admission
BBQ & BLUES at Irmo Community Park Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

prehistoric adventures
Dinosaurs have officially taken over the Columbia region! Whether you see them at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture Children's Museum or all three, it's nearly impossible to avoid a dino encounter this weekend. 
Discover the Dinosaurs at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $16 - $22
Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.50

lights, camera, action!
Whether you're in the mood for a family movie in the park and an indie flick playing at The Nick, there are fun weekend options for the movie lover here in Columbia, SC: 
Summer Movie Series: Rio 2 at Riverfront Park Friday 7 p.m.; Free admission
Obvious Child at Nickelodeon Theatre Thursday 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m.; $8

out and about in columbia, sc
Having fun on Main Street! Touring the South Carolina State House! Perusing the local goods at the region's farmer's markets! There are a number of ways to explore Columbia, SC this weekend!
First Thursdays on Main Street Thursday 6 - 10 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Soda City Market at 1500 Block of Main Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
Town of Lexington's Farmer's Market at Lexington Square Park Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free admission
Vista Marketplace at Whaley Farmer's and Craft Market at 701 Whaley Street Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission

baseball, baseball, baseball
The Blowfish are playing three times this holiday weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the 4th of July with America's favorite pastime!
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. USC Alumni at Capital City Stadium Thursday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Florence Redwolves at Capital City Stadium Friday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6
Columbia Blowfish Baseball vs. Martinsville Mustangs at Capital City Stadium Saturday 7:05 p.m.; $5 - $6

captivating collections
As always, the Columbia region has a lot to offer by way of art, history and culture, so pop in to one of these dazzling exhibits this weekend and expose yourself to something new!
Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Daryl Trivieri's Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection at Columbia Museum of Art Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Thursday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $11.50
Bo Bartlett and Herb Parker Exhibitions at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 suggested donation
South Carolina Unearthed at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
The Life and Art of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World at South Carolina State Museum Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
Taking Root: The Summer Brothers and the History of Pomaria Nursery at McKissick Museum Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission
Hidden Treasures: Rediscovering McKissick Museum's Natural History Collection at McKissick Museum Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Free admission

For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to do, restaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.