What: More than 30 local historic organizations and businesses will offer presentations, demonstrations and more, with special performances for those who pay garden admission. Free garden admission for emergency personnel, active duty military and their families.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 5
Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston
More Info: 571-1266 or www.magnoliaplantation.com
What: Waterskiers will compete in a slalom tournament with waterski and wakeboard instruction as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals available by reservation.
When: 9 a.m. July 5
Where: Trophy Lakes, 3050 Marlin Road, Johns Island
More Info: www.trophylakes.com
Adult Cat Adoptions
What: Adopt an adult cat for $17.76 in honor of the Fourth of July.
When: Daily July 5-7
Where: Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Road, James Island
More Info: 795-1110 or www.pethelpers.org
What: Two-on-two competitive beach volleyball for players of all skill levels.
When: 10 a.m. July 5
Where: Santi's, 1471 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant
Price: $5 players, free to watch
More Info: www.charlestonvolleyball.net/pick-up
Chubbies Does Charleston
What: The Chubbies team will offer giveaways and contests with a free drink for active duty military members who show up wearing a pair of Chubbies shorts.
When: 1-6 p.m. July 5
Where: Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar, 19 Vendue Range
More Info: www.facebook.com/chubbies
What: Historian Ben Schaffer presents stories of pirates, colonial ships and more while in character as a sailor of the HMS Flamborough, Charleston's first guardship.
When: 1-4 p.m. July 5
Where: Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland St.
Price: $5 adults, $2 kids
More Info: 722-9350 or www.powdermag.org
What: Zookeepers will lead kids on a nature walk and discuss the animals that live at Charles Towne Landing.
When: 2 p.m. July 5
Where: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston
Price: Free with park admission
More Info: 852-4200 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/ctl
Charles Towne Pub Strolls
What: Participants will learn about the boozy backgrounds of Charleston's historic pubs and taverns.
When: 5:30 p.m. July 5
Where: Washington Square Park, 78 Broad St.
More Info: 442-7299 or www.charlestonpiratetour.com
RiverDogs Harold Ramis Bobble-head Giveaway Game
What: The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Harold Ramis Ghostbusters bobble-head. There will also be a watermelon sampling after the game.
When: 6:05 p.m. July 5
Where: Joe Riley Stadium, 360 Fishburne St.
More Info: www.riverdogs.com
What: A rural villager rises to become the first lady of Argentina in the classic Broadway musical, presented by Wandering Stars.
When: 8 p.m. July 5
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
Price: $34 general, $30 students and seniors
More Info: 821-3527
What: Bumbling Inspector NoClue must solve a mystery and catch a killer before he or she strikes again.
When: 9 p.m. July 5
Where: The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St.
Price: $24 adults, $22 students and military
More Info: www.charlestonmysteries.com