Area residents can find many ways to show their patriotism this Fourth of July.
The Independence Day events begin at noon with Grovetown’s 25th annual July 4th barbecue.
From noon to about 3 p.m., participants can feast on free pulled pork barbecue from Neal’s Bar-B-Que, hash, rice and refreshments. Hot dogs and chips will be available for children.
Takeout orders cost $5. Monetary donations will be accepted.
Guests can also listen to bluegrass music and sing karaoke.
Starting at 4 p.m., Columbia County and University Health Care System will hold the 18th annual Fourth of July celebration at Patriots Park on Columbia Road.
The free event includes food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides and games.
A welcoming ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by live music from The Stephen Lee Band and The Vellotones starting at 6:30 p.m.
The event, which usually draws about 10,000 people, will be capped off with a 15-minute fireworks display. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform during the show.
Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and coolers, though no alcohol is allowed.
On Thursday, the Lt. Dan Band – featuring Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump – will perform in a free concert from 8-10 p.m. at Fort Gordon’s Barton Field.
Outside the county, Thunder Over Thurmond kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dorn Sports Fishing and Boating Facility in McCormick County, S.C. Bands will begin performing at 4:30 p.m.
The event also includes an air show with monoplanes, biplanes and a Silver Wings jump team.
A fireworks show is planned from 9:45 until 10:30 p.m.
General admission costs $20, and VIP tickets cost $100. There is a $5 fee for parking.