From Kaboom Town!
(July 3, Addison, Texas) to Independence Day Celebration
aboard USS ALABAMA (July 4, Mobile Bay) to Independence Day celebration
at Mount Vernon (July 4, Mount Vernon,Va.), there are many ways to have a “blast” during this 4th of July weekend. If you’re in the mood for parades, festivals or fireworks, you’re in the right place.
Here’s just a few of the happenings around the region.
1. Through July 3, Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival
in Bay St. Louis, Miss., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Something for everyone as the festival features crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides and more.
2. Beaufort (NC) 4th of July Parade
on July 4 takes places along the waterfront. Starting at 11 a.m., the parade has a few surprises in it. At the conclusion, free ice cream and music will be on hand at the Carteret Courthouse.
3. The 4th of July
celebration in Galveston, Texas includes a morning parade and evening fireworks. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends the Galveston Railroad Museum, where everyone can enjoy refreshments and live music. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. There are other events happening during the long weekend holiday as well.
4. In Natchitoches, La., Celebration on the Cane
on July 4 begins their patriotic tribute at 6 p.m. The evening includes entertainment and fireworks at 9 p.m.
5. Celebrate sunflowers and the 4th of July at the 10th annual Sunflower Farm Festival
in Madison, Ga., July 2 –4. Scheduled from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, the festival has live entertainment, demonstrations, tours and a lot more. There’s a special kids’ area and opportunity to cut your own sunflowers (vase provided.)
6. Why not enjoy some good blues this holiday weekend? At the Red, White & Blues Fourth
in Vicksburg, Miss., through July 4, you can take in performances at various venues throughout downtown.
7. The entire family can be entertained at the Classic City 4th of July American Music Festival
, July 3 – 4 in Athens, Ga. Taking place at the Melting Pot, the line up features a number of bluegrass, folk and Americana musicians/bands. Concerts are held on both indoor and outdoor stages. Doors open a 2 p.m.
8. It’s a Fourth of July Blast
at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C. Starting at 5 p.m. on July 4, activities include children’s area, live entertainment and more. Fireworks,launched from the deck of USS YORKTOWN, start after 9 p.m.
9. If you’re in the Gulf Shores, Ala., area, you can attend Fort Morgan’s Salute to American Independence
on July 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and enjoy period-dressed interpreters and a cannon fire. Return to the beach for fireworks at 9 p.m. from Gulf State Park Pier. If you want fireworks
every night, drop by The Wharf in Orange Beach, where they are scheduled for Saturday – Monday at 9 p.m.
10. The Fourth of July Celebration
at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Ga., July 4, starts 2 p.m. and has something for every age. Live entertainment and kids’ activities are scheduled throughout the afternoon into the evening. The celebration concludes with fireworks.
11. Noon begins the activities at USS KIDD Star-Spangled Celebration
in Baton Rouge, La., on July 4. There’s live entertainment, fun for kids and more, including an aerial re-enactment. Fireworks display ends the evening.
12. Myrtle Beach, S.C. knows how to celebrate a holiday. If you enjoy firework displays, then you are in the right area. On the 4th, you’ll find Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and Fireworks
, beginning at 10 a.m. There’s the Surfside 4th of July Celebration
at 10 p.m. And there’s more, including the fireworks at Cherry Grove Pier
(9:30 p.m.), Second Avenue Pier
(9:30 p.m.) and Barefoot Landing
(10:15 p.m.), respectively.
13. It’s the site of the dueling barges fireworks extravaganza at Go 4th on the River
in New Orleans (La.) on July 4. The fun
begins at 2:30 p.m. with live entertainment, discount to attractions along the Riverfront and more. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.
14. Recognized as the nation’s first parade on July 4th, floats roll at midnight on Gatlinburg’s(Tenn.) Fourth of July Midnight Parade
. In addition, there’s other festivities during the day, including live music entertainment and fireworks.
15. Celebrate the Independence Holiday weekend and
National Ice Cream Month with Onancock (N.C.) Ice Cream Social
. From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on July 3 at Town Square, the evening also features a patriotic music concert.
16. Can’t get more American than fireworks and barbecue, and you can enjoy both at the Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks
in Destin Fla. Taking place on July 2, 6 – 9 p.m. at Destin Commons, the event has live entertainment, kids’ activities and more. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.
17. How hot can it get on July 4th? Very, especially at the 2011 Music City Hot Chicken Festival
in Nashville, Tenn. From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday, you can sample this local delicacy.
18. Downtown Lexington (Ky.) is hosting a 4th of July Festival
on July 4, with the downtown street festival beginning at 9 a.m. There’s a parade at 2 p.m., with other activities are planned throughout the day. Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m.
19. Sand Mountain Potato Festival
in Henagar, Ala., on July 4, has a little of everything. There’s a parade, live music entertainment, kids’ activities and more, including fireworks at 9 p.m.
20. Celebrate America at Yorktown (Va.) Fourth of July Celebration
. Activities include live entertainment, children’s activities and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
21. Celebrate Independence Day along Louisville (Ky.) Waterfront on July 3 and 4, beginning at 5 p.m. The Independence Festival
features bands, fun for children, food and firework displays on both nights.
22. Enjoy the fireworks show in downtown Wilmington, N.C. as Battleship NORTH CAROLINA presents the annual Battleship Blast
. Show begins at 9:05 p.m. on July 4.
23. On July 4 is the 53rd annual Lexington (SC) Peach Festival
. The day is filled with with arts and crafts, children’s rides, food (including a number of peach-related items), and more. There’s also a parade at 9:30 a.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m.
24. The 2011 July 4th Riverfest
in Milton, Fla. takes place on July 2 and 4. On July 2, a parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. The events on July 4 includes a car show, children’s activities, live entertainment and more. Fireworks are at dark.
25. Take in an airshow on July 3 with the Wings Over Tyler
(Texas). Taking place at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, gates open at 9 a.m., allowing everyone to get an up-close views of planes. The airshow starts at noon.