4th of July Celebrations in the Upstate

Note: This article is from 2016. Please visit our events page for an up-to-date list of this year’s 4th of July activities!


Patriotism comes to a banging crescendo this month with annual Fourth of July celebrations across the Upstate. From the large fireworks displays in Greenville and Spartanburg to smaller ones across the counties, there are plenty of places to take part in festivities and dazzling light displays.

One of the biggest fireworks displays in South Carolina, Greenville’s Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival presented by AT&T, kicks off at 5 p.m. on July 4. Two stages with live music, a Zaxby’s Kids Zone, and food and beverage vendors will line Main Street.

Another big celebration will be Red, White, and Boom in Spartanburg on July 4. Held at Barnet Park, festivities get underway at 6 p.m. with live music, food vendors, and, of course, fireworks.

In Mauldin, Beachin’ Finale will be held on Saturday, July 2, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Beach music will be by The Catalinas, food truck vendors will be onsite, and a fireworks show will cap off the night.

Simpsonville will hold its annual Independence Day celebration with music by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at the Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park.

While not a fourth of July celebration per se, the 57th annual Hillbilly Day in Mountain Rest will be held on Monday, July 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature bluegrass music, clogging contests, fiddle and banjo competitions, handmade arts & crafts, a greased pig chase, and a greased pole climb. Event goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for seating.

The City of Travelers Rest and Slater-Marietta will hold its joint Moon Boom celebration across the field from Beechwood Farms on Bates Bridge Road all weekend. Saturday, July 2nd at 9:15 a.m. at the TR Gazebo, children may display their handiwork in the Patriotic Bike Ride. On Sunday, July 3rd, the Miss Slater-Marietta Sweetheart pageant will be held for girls ages 6–10 at Slater Hall in the mill village. From 6:00–8:30 p.m. on the Slater Mill field, contests, games, Cow Patty Bingo, food, and entertainment will be provided, and at 9:00 p.m. will be the grand finale of fireworks supplied by South Carolina-based East Coast Pyrotechnics. On July 4th, Beechwood Farms will hold Farm Day from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Pickens will hold its Fourth of July celebration at the Amphitheater beginning at 3:00 p.m. Live music will be by the Jake Bartley Band, and festival rides, food, and fun will lead up to the fireworks display.

In Easley, The 2016 Hendricks Honda and City of Easley 4th of July Spectacular will be going on all weekend, Saturday through Monday at Old Market Square. Saturday evening will feature two live bands. On Sunday, there will be a friends and family night with local talent and Monday will feature bands, a carnival, and fireworks.

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