Whether you are looking for a nationally recognized fireworks display, activities for children or history lessons, there is something for everyone this Fourth of July weekend:
Celebrate the Fourth with the fish at the South Carolina Aquarium.
There will be barbecue by Jim n' Nicks, a 4-D theater movie and a fireworks display overlooking Charleston Harbor.
Other attractions include music and face painting for the kids.
Limited seating is available and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday and end after the fireworks.
Guests are allowed to bring chairs and blankets, but no coolers.
Tickets, which include beer, refreshments and food, are $60 for adults; $30 for children; ages 2 and under free.
Members of the aquarium pay $50 for adults; $25 for children; ages 2 and under free.
Call 577-3474 or visit http://scaquarium.org.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will hold its 14th annual Fourth of July Blast from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday.
The free fireworks display, one of the largest in the Lowcountry, is set to begin shortly after 9 p.m.
Discounted admission to the Yorktown and other exhibits will be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and the East Coast Party Band will provide live entertainment.
Call 884-2727 or visit www.patriotspoint.org.
Summerville DREAM and Palmetto Primary Care will host the annual Red, White and Blue on the Green from 5 to 8 p.m. today on Hutchinson Square downtown.
The event will include games, food vendors, face painting, a jump castle, a watermelon-eating contest and a performance by Bad Moon Band.
Visitors are asked to wear their best patriotic garb to enter the costume contest and bring decorated wagons and bicycles for the chance to win prizes for the most original and best decorated entrants.
On Monday, a fireworks display will begin shortly after dusk at Gahagan Park. No grills will be allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase.
Access to the event is available with a $3 wristband; $2 for military families.
Contact 821-7260 or www.summervilledream.org.
Woodlands Inn hosts its annual celebration from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Activities for children include face-painting, balloon artists, jump castles and games. Parents can enjoy retail booths, art displays and more. Local musicians and a community orchestra will perform.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Call 875-2600 or visit http://woodlandsinn.com.
The city of North Charleston holds its annual celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday at Riverfront Park.
Along with a fireworks display, the event will feature performances by The Calvin Taylor Band, Legends of Beach and 7 Once.
Children's activities include inflatable jump castles, games, play area, giant sandbox and a water fountain. The event is free. See www.northcharleston.org.
Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner will hold a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday with live music on the front stage, boat rides, nature trails, a butterfly house and more.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (ages 65 and up), $5 for children (ages 6 to 12) and free for children 5 and younger.
Call 553-0515 or visit www.cypressgardens.info.
Magnolia Plantation will tell the story of the nation's history against the backdrop of one of its oldest gardens.
The daylong event Monday will highlight Magnolia, founded in 1676 and designated as a garden in 1872, as the country itself has developed.
The event will include history lessons, free popcorn, snow cones and watermelon.
Gates open at 8 a.m.
A $24 combination ticket (free for military families) will provide guests with access to both Magnolia and neighboring plantation Drayton Hall.
Call 571-1266 or visit www.magnoliaplantation.com.
Mount Pleasant Pier
For live music and dancing, head to the Mount Pleasant Pier for the Uncle Sam Jam.
The event, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, will include a performance by Permanent Vacation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Only 800 tickets, priced $8-$10, are available.
I'On Village has a two-part celebration.
A parade will start the celebration at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Perseverance Park. Guests are encouraged to decorate bicycles, golf carts and skateboards. Floats, marching bands and performance groups are welcome.
Salute on the Square will take place at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
The second part of the celebration is Band Blast 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Westlake Amphitheatre in I'On.
The free event will include a performance by the group Heart & Soul, a jump castle, face painting and food vendors. Participants can bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Call Margaret Summers at 343-8412 or visit www.iontrust.org.
Fourth in the Creek
Goose Creek will hold its annual Fabulous Fourth in the Creek from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.
It will feature entertainment by The Entertainers, a jump castle and kiddie tattoo parlor, food vendors and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to not bring alcohol, pets or outside fireworks, including sparklers.
Parking at the center is limited, so visitors are encouraged to carpool and arrive early.
A free shuttle will run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. between the center and Casey Center on Old Moncks Corner Road, where extra parking is available.
Salute from the Shore
Beachgoers on the South Carolina coast will be treated to low-altitude flyover of F-16s on Monday to honor America's armed forces.
Beginning in Cherry Grove at 1 p.m., F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron "The Gamblers" stationed at Shaw Air Force Base will conduct a flyover covering every beach on the coast before concluding south of Hilton Head Island at about 1:15 p.m.
The event is being sponsored by the nonprofit organization Salute from the Shore, with the assistance of the town of Pawleys Island.
Salute from the Shore urges visitors to offer their own individual salute by wearing red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover, and taking pictures. People who "like" Salute from the Shore on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalutefromtheShore) can upload photos directly. They are also encouraged to follow on Twitter (http://twitter.com/saluteshore) and to use the hashtag #saluteshore on tweets and photo uploads. More information is available at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
Certain areas are expected to have helicopters with videographers to capture the Salute from the air. Once complete, Salute from the Shore will edit the footage into a video tribute to our Armed Forces.
The plane flyover can be seen at approximately the following times:
Myrtle Beach, 1:01 p.m.
Surfside, 1:02 p.m.
Pawleys Island, 1:04 p.m.
Sullivan's Island, 1:08 p.m.
Edisto, 1:10 p.m.
Beaufort, 1:12 p.m.
Hilton Head, 1:15 p.m.