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Published: June 2017
Fun and Fireworks: 14 Events Celebrating Independence Day  


Fun and fireworks are what the South is all about when it comes to celebrating Independence Day.

Get your red, white and blue on at any one of these Fourth of July events happening throughout the region.

1. Fair St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri is a three-day celebration that kicks off on July 2. This free, family-fun event has been recognized as one of the nation’s top Fourth of July festivals. It features live entertainment, artists' market and much more. There's a fireworks display each night as well.

1- 9:30 p.m., Sun., July 2, 4 - 10 p.m., Mon., July 3, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Tues., July 4, Forest Park.

2. Considered to be the largest Fourth of July event in Arkansas, the 34th annual Pops on the River in Little Rock features free children’s activities, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Don't miss the Oh Say! Can You Sing? contest, live music, Salute the Troops campaign and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m., off the Main Street Bridge.

3 - 9:30 p.m., July 4.

3. Kaboom Town! in Addison, Texas is one of the top fireworks shows in the country. Scheduled for July 3, the event includes an air show, a carnival with midway games and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

4 - 9:30 p.m., July 4.

4. A candied apple-eating contest and the 4th annual Brookshire's Steak Cook-Off are just two of the many events happening at the KTBS3/KPXJ/CW 21 Independence Day Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana. The fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

2 - 9:15 p.m., July 4.

5. Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival in Canton. The fun-filled event features over 25 colorful balloons in various shapes and sizes in balloon glows, balloon races and much more. Enjoy a fireworks display on Fri., June 29 and Sat., July 1 at 9:30 p.m.

6 - 9:30 p.m.,  Fri., June 30 and Sat., July 1, 7 a.m., Sun., July 2.

6. Heralded as "one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state," Thunder on the Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama takes place at Vulcan Park. The fireworks add bursts of colors and patterns in the sky behind the Vulcan statue.

9 p.m., July 4, free.

7. Knoxville, Tennessee's Festival on the Fourth kicks off at 4 p.m. at World's Fair Park. Highlights include the Regal's Kids Zone and live music entertainment. Fireworks start around 9:40 p.m.

 4 - 10 p.m., July 4.

8. The Mall of Georgia in Buford hosts the 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth. The bash features kids' activities, live music entertainment and an outdoor movie. The evening culminates with a fireworks show.

5 - 9 p.m., July 4.

9. Haines City, Florida's Thunder on the Ridge may be one of the few places that offer helicopter sightseeing tours as part of their Independence Day celebration. There's also live music, a beer garden and more. Oh, and don't forget about the fireworks show, either.

3- 9:30 p.m., July 4.

10. Head to downtown Greenville, South Carolina on July 4 for Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue presented by AT&T. From 5-10 p.m., the event features live music on two stages, a Kids Area and more. End the evening by enjoying one of the state’s largest fireworks displays.

5 - 10 p.m., July 4.

11. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, North Carolina have partnered to organize five days of festivities for the Mile High Fourth of July. The lineup includes Beech Mountain’s 47th annual hog roast on Sat., July 1, at Beech Mountain Resort, followed by a mile-high fireworks display after dark.

On July 4, Banner Elk hosts a Fourth of July parade that ends with a cookout, games and party in the town park. Other activities include two-day arts and crafts show in Banner Elk; scenic chairlift rides to the top of Beech Mountain and more.

Times vary, Fri., Jun. 30 - July 4.

12. Rockin' Independence Eve in Old Town Winchester, Virginia on July 3 features live music, a beer and wine garden, kids activities and more. There is even the Snow White Grill Hamburger Eating Contest. A fireworks show ends the evening.

5 - 11 p.m., Mon., July 3.

13. Unique to Madisonville Kentucky's 4thFest is Christmas in July complete with ice skating and a snow globe photo booth as well as the iRecycle Regatta (July 4.) Other activities at the four-day event include an outdoor movie, collegiate baseball and of course, fireworks on the evening on July 4.

Times vary, July 4.

14. Come one, come all to Shepherdstown, West Virginia's July 4th Community Parade and Picnic. Started by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown, this Fourth of July tradition begins with a parade at 11 a.m., followed by a picnic at noon in Morgan's Grove Park. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own. The park will also have children's activities so that they can burn off some energy while having fun.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., July 4.

*While the events are free attend, some activities may require a small fee.


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