If you’re like us, you’ve exclusively got Fourth of July on the brain. And while partaking in grilled burgers and drunken watermelon may be a good option for some, we’ve got plenty of others here. Most of those are on Monday, but a few start earlier in the long weekend, including the Shrimp Records Salute to America, July Fourth Street Dance, Fourth of July at Middleton Place, Fourth of July Festival in the Park, Red, White, and Blue on the Green, and Rick Hubbard’s Red, White, and Blue Show.

Some of the art shows opening on Friday are American-themed too. How can I tell? Because they have names like American Dreams and Americana. There’s also two different exhibits named Reflections, a show by Sheryl Stalnaker, and Don Dudenbostel’s Smorgasbord. Dudenbostel (what a fun name, seriously, say it out loud without smiling) will also host a lecture on Saturday morning.

Wouldn’t it be cool if Red, White, and Cash meant cash like money? But I guess Johnny Cash is a good second choice.

If you want to knock patriotism out of the water, stop by the Naturalization Ceremony at Middleton Place.

I really think that if the women at this week’s Bud Light Lime Bikini Bash aren’t wearing red, white, and blue bathing suits, they should be disqualified immediately.

The Charleston Battery are playing a game Friday night, with a fireworks show afterward.

Theatre 99 has Comedy Combat and The Have Nots!

The New Music Collective presents Silent Music: 4’33’ and Beyond Wen.

Well I’ll be damned. Edwin McCain is coming back to Charleston.

If you didn’t catch The Illusionist when it was at the Terrace, see it in North Charleston.

The Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar Artist Lectures kick off with Rebecca West Fraser and Lauren Frances Moore.

Oh, and some guy named Stephen Colbert is going to be in town to talk or something. I don’t really know why that matters, but I figured I’d let y’all know.

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