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Around Town: 4th of July

The July 4th weekend is almost upon us! With any luck, swimming pools, burgers and fireworks are in your immediate future. If you don’t have plans for Saturday—or even if you do—know that there are plenty of fun activities going on in and around Greenville, SC.

Photo credit: http://go-greenevents.com/

Photo credit: http://go-greenevents.com/

Red, White and Blue Shoes 5k

Furman University

With a downhill start and a downhill finish, this is one of the fastest 5k courses around. After the 8am run, there will be plenty of post-race activities to enjoy, including food and drinks, vendors, and tug-of-war and pie-eating contests.

Additionally, the Kids Steeplechase, a non-competitive, quarter-mile run, will start around 9:15am. Participants will go through a water spray, over several hurdles, and around dancing inflatables on their way to the mid-field finish line, where they will receive a wristband and a ticket for a cool treat.

Learn more here. 

Red, White and Blue Day

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Museum will be open from 9am-5pm on the 4th with a variety of programs, all of which are free to members and included with admission:

10am – 4pm: All ages can make red, white and blue ornaments and firework paintings.

11am & 2pm: Ages 6+ can create their own red, white and blue starfish by sewing felt together.

12pm & 3pm: Ages 5+ can use simple science ingredients to create their own fireworks in a jar.

10am, 11am & 1pm: Ages 5 and under can share a story about Independence Day and make their own red, white and blue craft.

Photo credit: tcmupstate.org

Photo credit: tcmupstate.org

11:30am: All ages can watch an eruption of red, white, and blue in an exciting exothermic reaction!

Don’t forget to wear red, white, and blue on July 4th to receive $2 off admission!

Learn more here. 

Red, White, and Boom

Barnet Park, Spartanburg

The celebration won’t begin until 6pm, but the gates open at 5pm, so arrive early to get a good spot. Make sure you come hungry, as BBQ, funnel cakes, burgers, hotdogs, Philly cheese steaks, and ice cream will be on offer. And, of course, it wouldn’t be “Red, White, and Boom” without a spectacular fireworks show at the end!

Learn more here. 

Photo credit: pawpawsusa.com/

Photo credit: pawpawsusa.com/

Red, White and Bluegrass

Commerce Park, Fountain Inn

Stop by 110 Depot Street in Fountain Inn at 7 pm for this free event featuring performances from two bands: Justice Family Bluegrass Band and the Upstate Senior Band. Hang out, listen to music, and enjoy the food, Italian ice and craft beer that will be available for purchase. Make sure you don’t leave

before dark, when the fireworks will begin,

Learn more here.

Red, White and Blue Festival

Downtown Greenville, SC

This free event is definitely one you don’t want to miss! From 5-10 pm, enjoy live music on two stages and a variety of popular food and beverage vendors. There are even activities for the kids. The highlight of the event is scheduled start at 9:45pm: one of the largest fireworks displays in the state. The festival will be held downtown between Court and Camperdown streets and will encompass Broad Street, from Laurens to Falls Streets, and Falls Park.

 Learn more here. 

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