Firework displays and rules around the Soda City

Segra Park is home of the Columbia Fireflies. | Photo provided

Unless you love bonding over a cul-de-sac cleanup, it’s nice to let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays. 🎆

Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and tips to DIY. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.

Public firework displays

Where to watch

  • You may be asking, what’s better than seeing one display? Seeing all of them. Follow the map for our favorite vantage points to get a bald eagle’s eye view of the festivities.

Firework safety

Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ feet (bigger than Williams-Brice Stadium.) Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn. Luckily, there are rules in place so you can contribute to the spectacle safely.

Fireworks are legal in Richland County, Lexington County, and even in the City of Columbia. If in doubt, check out our breakdown of fireworks laws in the Midlands. If you decide to DIY, follow these guidelines.

Celebrate some peace + quiet

Before you spend the night trying to lure your four-legged friend out from under the bed, you may want to get as far from the commotion as possible.

Your best option is a nearby park, like Congaree National Park or Poinsett State Park. Pack some food and water and go stargazing, or even camping.