Columbia County will commemorate independence with its annual Fourth of July celebration Monday.
Laila Beard checks out the fireworks at the White Oak United Pentecostal Church tent in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The event, which will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. at Patriots Park, will feature carnival rides, arts and crafts, games, musical entertainment and a 20-minute fireworks show. Admission is free.
Robby Kiser, the manager of Patriots Park gymnasium, said the event is something the whole family can enjoy.
"It's pretty large. It kind of reminds me of my waistline," he said jokingly.
Those attending are welcome to bring chairs and coolers, but alcohol is prohibited, Kiser said. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
In previous years, Kiser said, such a celebration has rendered crowds as large as 7,500 to 10,000 people. That's why he stresses that anyone planning to attend should come early.
"We encourage people to come early to have room for parking," he said. "We've had people parking all the way across the road at the fairground, and walk down here."
For more information, call 868-3458.
Other Fourth of July celebrations in Columbia County include:
WHAT: The 2005 Abilene Baptist Church Patriotic Extravaganza
WHEN: 7 p.m. today
WHERE: Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez
Featuring the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, multimedia presentations, Fort Gordon Color Guard, special guests and dignitaries, special recognition of those who serve in the military, Evans High School's Drill Team.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 869-1774
WHAT: 18th annual Grovetown Community Barbecue
WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Goodale Park, Grovetown
COST: Admission is free, but takeout barbecue costs $5.
Activities will include entertainment, music and door prizes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 863-4576
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