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Fourth of July in the Lowcountry

Patriotic events, fireworks and parades from across the Charleston region.

Updated, July 2: July 4 events have been moved to the top. See what you missed at the bottom.

Charleston loves its history, and there's no bigger historical celebration than the 4th of July. Here's a rundown of where to go to say Happy Birthday, America! Check back, we'll be updating with more links as they become available.

July 4

(10 a.m.) — Reenacators celebrate the 4th of July on the grounds at Middleton Place with traditional music (fife and drums), cooking and musket firing demonstrations, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a kid's militia muster and drill. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children.

(10 a.m.) — A special worship service hosted by the Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will include patriotic hymns and prayers for the country, members of the military and for peace. 

(1 p.m.) — A squad of F-16 "Vipers" piloted by the 79th Fighter Squadron will fly over the state's beaches from the North Carolina border south. as the  heads south. It's sponsored by Salute from the Shore.

(5 p.m.) — Centex Homes and The Church at Cane Bay and other sponsors are hosting this wet and wild family event at the Old Rice Retreat at Cane Bay (across from Cane Bay Elementary School). There will be an inflatable water park with slides for all ages, "the largest Slip n' Slide you've ever seen," arts and crafts for the kids, music, food vendors, an apple pie eating contest and a 30-minute firework show beginning at 9:15 p.m.

(5 p.m.) — The free event at Gahagan Park includes music and food. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, coolers and Frisbees. No pets, alcohol or grills. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

(5:30 p.m.) — Tickets to watch the fireworks on the Cooper River from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point are sold out, but general admission, which allow spectators to view the show from the ground, are still available.

 (6 p.m.) — The City of Goose Creek's annual July 4th festival will be held by the pond at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center. It begins with live music from the Right to Party Band and ending with a fireworks display. Food vendors and children's activities will also be available.

(8 p.m.) — Charleston County Parks and Recreation's weekly beach music event on the Mount Pleasant Pier gets get patriotic for the fourth, with entertainment from Permanent Vacation. Gates open at 7 p.m. No outside alcohol or coolers.

(8 p.m.) — Fireworks begin after dark on the front beach on Isle of Palms. Alcohol and individual fireworks are prohibited. 

Cooper River Fireworks (9:30 p.m.) — Patriots Point and the City of Charleston and Town of Mount Pleasant say this year's fireworks over the Cooper River will be the largest show in the state. The show should be visible form a variety of locations, but spectators are not allowed on the Ravenel Bridge during the fireworks show.

July 4-7

 (7:30 p.m.) — The Village Playhouse remembers an American legend, along with a tribute to America, with this musical event featuring Cash's biggest hits and classic patriotic tunes. The summer event includes grilling out in front of the playhouse before each show. Tickets are $30, discounts for seniors and students.

July 5

Save Our Summer Blood Drive (9 a.m.) — Trident Health will be hosting a blood drive at Summerville Medical Center and . All blood types are encouraged to donate. Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment or register at redcrossblood.org and enter tridentmed as the sponsor.

What you missed:

June 30

 (10 a.m.) — The annual 4th of July parade begins at Berkeley High School and ends just before the railroad tracks at East Railroad Avenue.

 (2 p.m.) — The Berkeley County Family YMCA hosts the annual event at Old Santee Canal Park. There will be food, crafts and art for sale, jump castles and water slides for kids and music. The event is free, with a donation for the fireworks show at the end of the knight.

July 1

 (5 p.m.) — Summerville DREAM hosts this annual event at Hutchinson Square. There's games, a train ride, face-painting, jump-castles and a watermelon-eating contest. Dress up for a patriotic costume contest and decorate your bikes and wagons for a family and pet parade. 

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