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
- Independence Day Celebration at Icehouse Amphitheater | July 1 | 7-9 p.m. | The 246th Army Band will play a concert from 7:30-9 p.m. followed by a fireworks show.
- Fireworks with the Phil at Segra Park | July 2 | 6 p.m. | The concert will begin at 8 p.m. + the fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
- Fireworks celebration at Fort Jackson | July 2 | 2-10 p.m. | Admission is free and open to the public, but be sure to check the list of prohibited items before you attend.
- Fireworks on Lake Murray | Sat., July 2 | 9:15-9:30 p.m. | Fireworks will launch at dark from Spence + Dreher Islands.
- Independence Day Celebration at Community Park Irmo | Sun., July 3 | 7 p.m. | Join the fun with fireworks, food, and a screening of Independence Day.
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.
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.