Bask in sunshine and freedom this holiday weekend as you celebrate summer and America's independence! A number of famously hot 4th of July festivities and outdoor activities can be found on our calendar of events or in our weekend roundup below.

 

The New Holiday Hot Spot
The Fort Jackson Independence Day CelebrationStar Spangled Symphonic Salute and Lake Murray's Patriotic Boat Parade and Fireworks Celebration will make you proud to be an American this Saturday. Families can celebrate the birth of our nation together at EdVenture's Red, White & Blue Blast, the Lexington County Peach Festival or at a Lexington County Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show. Beat the heat by popping in to the South Carolina State Museum's planetarium for a dazzling light display at Laser Salute to America.

The New Adventure Hot Spot
Summer is all about getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and warmth of the season. Zoom down a 1,000-ft. water slide at Slide the City, then stick around for the Capital City Beach Party! Cool off by taking to the waters of Lake Murray or kayaking or tubing down one of our three rivers. Spend an evening outdoors under the stars watching Home at the Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series.

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!

FRIDAY, JULY 3:
Fort Jackson Independence Day Celebration at Fort Jackson 8 a.m.; Free admission
Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Riverfront Park 7 p.m.; Free admission
Friday Bluegrass & Acoustic Open Stage & Jam at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 6 p.m. - midnight; $5 donation
Star Spangled Symphonic Salute at Saluda Shoals Park 7 p.m.; $5 - $11

SATURDAY, JULY 4:
Slide the City and Capital City Beach Party at Finlay Park 11 a.m.; $40 - $45
EdVenture's Red, White & Blue Blast at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $11.50
Lake Murray Patriotic Boat Parade at Bomb Island 12 - 3 p.m.; Free admission, but $2 per car from one of the Lake Murray Dam park sites
Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration at Lake Murray 9 - 10:30 p.m.; $1.25 - $3
Saturday Classic Country Music Jamboree & Dancing at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor 7 - 10 p.m.; $5 donation
Lexington County Peach Festival at Gilbert Community Park 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Free admission
Bremen Town Musicians at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5
"Puss in Boots" at Columbia Marionette Theatre 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5.75

RECURRING EXHIBITS/ EVENTS:
Lexington County Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show at Lexington County Baseball Stadium Friday and Saturday 7:05 p.m.; $6 - $9
Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $11.50
From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces at Columbia Museum of Art Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
Exhibition "In and Out of the Wild: Animals in Art" at Gallery West Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Free admission
From Landrum to Leeds: Common Ceramics in 19th-Century Columbia at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday - Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 - $8
Prideful Possessions: A South Carolina Silver Sampler at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $4 - $8
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
• Laser Salute to America
• Bugs! Giant Robotic Creatures
• Carolina Makers
• Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It
• Finding Freedom's Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville
• The Art and Life of Addie Sims: A Look Into Her World

RESTAURANT OPENINGS:
Restaurant employees need vacations, too! Many eateries in the area close up shop for a few days around the 4th of July, but here's where you can still get a great meal this weekend:
• Blue Flour is whipping up patriotic confections that can be purchased in packages of various sizes
• Blue Marlin Steaks & Seafood
• Ruth's Chris Steak House
• Cola's Restaurant
• Good Life Café 
Are there any other establishments in town that will be opening their doors this weekend? Let us know!

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