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Take a Tour of The Lewis Ranch (July 2018)

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Off-the-Beaten-Path: Four Very Different Museum in One Place on the Mississippi State University Campus (July 2018)

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So Cool, It's Hot: Southern Summer Bucket List (June 2018)

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Remember and Honor: Seven Military Museums to Visit Year Round (May 2018)

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Off-the-Beaten-Path: Seven Museums (and a Bonus) Not to Miss in New Orleans' French Quarter (May 2018)

Relax, Recharge and Refresh at Coldwater Gardens in Milton, Florida (April 2018)

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So Many Reasons to Visit Nashville, Tennessee (February 2018)

Gowns, Costumes and History: 11 Museums (and a Bonus) That Highlight Mardi Gras (January 2018)

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Experience Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia (December 2017)

Shop Local: Nine Places to Find Distinctive Gifts (November 2017)

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A Quick Peek Inside the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta (November 2017)

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Take the Scenic Route: Three Drives not to Miss in the South (October 2017)

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Edgar Degas and the Degas House in New Orleans (August 2017)

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Get Out(side) and Explore Seven of North Alabama's Natural Attractions (May 2017)

10 Things Not to Miss When Visiting Dollywood (May 2017)

Let the Concierge be Your Guide for Adventure in Gulf County, Florida (April 2017)

Discover Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Natchitoches, Louisiana (October 2016)

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Experience Fayetteville, North Carolina (October 2016)

Nine Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Lexington, Kentucky (September 2016)

Get Out and Explore: Six States, 16 State Parks (September 2016)

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What to Do in Blowing Rock, North Carolina (September 2016)

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Go, See, Do: Six Getaway-Worthy Southern Destinations (January 2016)

16 Things to Do in the South in 2016 (January 2016)

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The Great Georgia Escape: Discovering (and Enjoying) Big Canoe (September 2015)

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Finding the Perfect Southern Destination for Your Next Getaway (January 2015)

So Many Fun Ways to Spend Your Holiday Gift Cash in the South (December 2014)

Behind the Scenes: The Personal Collection (and Memories) at the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square (December 2014)

Spending a Day or Weekend in Bardstown, Kentucky (September 2014)

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College Football Hall of Fame Debuts in Atlanta (August 2014)

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Four Reasons to Plan a Getaway to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (July 2014)

So Many Ways in the South to Make This Summer One to Remember (June 2014)

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Honoring the Man in Black: Johnny Cash Museum (June 2013)

Experience Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (June 2013)

Build Your Own Memorable Experience in Columbus, Georgia (May 2013)

South Walton’s Art Culture: People Behind the Creations (May 2013)

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City Insider: Mark Wyant, owner, The Saint Hotel in New Orleans (February 2013)

Dining Out at Osteria Tulia (January 2013)

Discover Florida's Charm with Emeril's Florida (January 2013)

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Find Serenity (and More) at Red Horse Inn (December 2012)

In Tall Cotton: Chef Cory Bahr and Restaurant Cotton (November 2012)

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Feelin’ Presidential: Presidential Sites Throughout the South (October 2012)

Eight Cool Southern College Towns (September 2012)

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In the Kitchen with Chef Eric Fulkerson (August 2012)

Visiting The Inn at Magnolia Oaks (August 2012)

Journey to New Orleans Plantation Country (August 2012)

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Published: July 2011
Fireworks, Parades and More: 25 Ways to Have a “Blast” This 4th of July Weekend in the South  

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.