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A Fantastic Fourth

Show the Founding Fathers some love by partying hard

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From Kiawah to North Charleston, the Holy City and its surrounding areas are offering plenty of options to you and your family as you plan your Fourth of July celebration.

South of the city, Kiawah Island has an all-day event planned, with a parade, a celebration hosted by revolutionary Ben Franklin himself, and a nighttime fireworks finale. Middleton Place has Revolutionary War reenactors and formal readings of the Declaration of Independence in honor of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. To the north, North Charleston has musical performances featuring the Marshall Tucker Band, children's activities, and a fireworks show over the Cooper River. There's also Southern Simplicity in downtown Summerville with a non-motorized parade, as well as fireworks and music in Goose Creek. In Mt. Pleasant, there's a parade, music, and other activities in I'On Square and a "Blast" on Patriots Point. Isle of Palms will be shooting fireworks over Front Beach.

And if you want to stay downtown, the S.C. Aquarium is throwing a bash, complete with barbecue, live entertainment, and a view of the Patriots Point firework display. Harbor Grille has live reggae music, and The Brick will celebrate both Independence Day and the Dave Matthews Band concert. Have fun at the Uncle Sam Jam at Mad River Bar & Grille or stop by Wentworth Mansion for a Circa 1886 shindig featuring jazz, libations, delicacies, and panoramic views of the city.

Charleston Community Band Concert — Kick off the Independence Day holiday with a patriotic concert offered by the Charleston Community Band. July 3, 6 p.m. Free. Pierce Park Pavilion, Daniel Island Park. (843) 884-6979. www.charlestoncommunityband.com THURSDAY

Uncle Sam Jam — Enjoy drink specials and a $5 all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. July 3, 8-10 p.m. Mad River Bar & Grille, 32-B N. Market St. (843) 723-0032. www.madrivercharleston.com THURSDAY

Fourth of July at Kiawah — An all-day event featuring a daytime parade, a nighttime celebration with a buffet, lawn games and a fireworks finale, all hosted by Ben Franklin himself. July 4. Kiawah Resort, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-6001. www.kiawahresort.com FRIDAY

Brickapalooza — Celebrate Dave Matthews with The Brick all day and night with complimentary shuttle service to and from The Joe before and after the show. Live music from Nathan & Jared, Dangermuffin, and Almost Steve. Free hot dog station. T-shirt and promo giveaways. July 4. The Brick, 213-B E. Bay St. (843) 720-7788. www.charlestonbars.com/brick FRIDAY

City of North Charleston's July 4th Celebration — A free July 4th celebration with a variety of musical entertainment, including evening performances by The Drifters and the Marshall Tucker band, as well as fun children's activities taking place throughout the afternoon. A grand fireworks display over the Cooper River will close out the day with a bang. July 4, 3-10 p.m. Free. Riverfront Park, on the old Navy base. (843) 740-2538. www.northcharleston.org FRIDAY

Fabulous Fourth on the Creek — Local band Starling will perform. Fireworks display will begin shortly after 9 p.m. Picnics are allowed but alcoholic beverages are forbidden. July 4, 7-9 p.m. Marguerite Brown Municipal Center, 519 North Goose Creek Blvd. (843) 569-4242. www.goosecreekrecreation.com FRIDAY

Fourth of July at Harbor Grille — Celebrate the Fourth at the best place in town to view fireworks. Live reggae music from 6-9 p.m. First come-first served on the patio, with grilled tapas and cold beverages inside. Reservations required for dinner. All dinners include champagne to toast the grand opening. Dancing 10 p.m. til close. July 4. The Harbor Grille, 360 Concord St. (843) 853-5752. FRIDAY

Fourth of July CelebratI'On — Celebration begins with a parade at 9:30 a.m. starting near the Fountain at Perseverance Park and proceeds to I'On Square. At 10 a.m., celebrate our country's birthday with patriotic activities and simple refreshments. From 6-9 p.m., the free Band Blast features Heart and Soul in concert (classic rock, Motown, beach music, etc.) at the Westkake Amphitheater. July 4. I'On Square, Mathis Ferry Road. (843) 881-7541. www.iontrust.org FRIDAY

Fourth of July Celebration at the S.C. Aquarium — Celebrate this Fourth of July with views of the Charleston Harbor, delicious food, and live music on the Riverside Terrace. Give your grill a break and enjoy a barbecue dinner from Jim 'N Nicks featuring pulled pork, baked chicken, potato salad, and more, dessert by Cupcake, cold refreshments by Pepsi, live entertainment by Lee Edwards Entertainment, and fireworks overlooking the Charleston Harbor courtesy of Patriots Point. Limited seating is available and guests are encouraged to reserve early. Tickets include beer, refreshments and food. July 4, 7:30-10 p.m. $55/adults, $25/children. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. (843) 577-FISH. www.scaquarium.org FRIDAY

Isle of Palms Fourth of July — The Isle of Palms fireworks will be shot over Front Beach starting at approximately 9:15. Get there early and be patient when leaving. No alcohol or littering are allowed on the beach. July 4, 9:15 p.m. FRIDAY

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast — Fourth of July Blast begins at 4 p.m. with a fantastic food court, beer garden, and children's area. As the sun starts to set center stage heats up with The East Coast Party Band. Then at 9:30 p.m. a Charleston Harbor tradition comes to life; fireworks launched from the flight deck of one of America's most famous ships, the USS Yorktown. July 4, 4-11:30 p.m. Free. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road. (866) 831-1720. www.patriotspoint.org FRIDAY

Red, White, and Blue on the Green — DREAM's annual 4th of July celebration is an old-fashioned celebration focusing on families and the community. Join the non-motorized parade, featuring kids on bikes, in wagons, on rollerblades, in strollers - all decked out for America. Magic show, games and activities for children of all ages, live music, jump castles, and food vendors round out this fun event. All proceeds benefit Historic Downtown Summerville. Fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. at Gahagan Sports Complex. Music and concessions start at 7 p.m. July 4, 4-7 p.m. (843) 821-7260. www.summervilledream.org FRIDAY

Sizzling Southern Celebration — Join Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886 in celebrating Independence Day in true southern fashion with libations and delicacies hot off the grill, accompanied by a live jazz soloist. Afterward, guests head to the Mansion's cupola with panoramic views of the city to watch the fireworks display. July 4, 7:30 p.m. $65. Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. (843) 853-7828. www.circa1886.com FRIDAY

The American Revolution Comes to Middleton Place — What better way to celebrate the Fourth than by visiting the home of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors to Middleton Place on July 4-6 will see the American Revolution come to life. The weekend begins on July 4 with a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of Arthur Middleton. Enjoy numerous educational programs and activities including cooking and camp life demonstrations, military tactical demonstrations, formal readings of the Declaration of Independence, and a Sunday morning church service at 10 a.m. July 4-6. $25/adults, $5/children 7-15. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. (843) 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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