Whether you live among the corn fields of Iowa or the palmettos of Charleston, one thing rings true like the Liberty Bell itself — or at least once did. We’re all Americans. We slave away in the kitchen over potato salad and ribs and sling back beers on this day to celebrate the United States. So along with your own Independence Day traditions check out these Fourth of July festivals and fireworks. Who knows you may just start a new tradition.

Friday Smoked pig, sweet tea, and all the fixings to go with it will at be Butcher & Bee to kick off the festivities.

Mad River will be hosting its first of two Red, White, and Blue parties for the weekend.

Celebrate pride and America at Pantheon‘s 1940s themed drag show.

The Fourth of July Weekend Kickoff at the Bus Shed is open bar with an after-party at Trio.  Well, call us Uncle Sam … Adams.

Friday Wear your best red shirt and go support the RiverDogs.

The Firework Blast out at Patriots Point won’t disappoint.

You can’t go wrong with craft beer, live music, good food, and fireworks to round out the evening on the Craft Brews Cruise.

Party into the night at the Windjammer.

You don’t have to tell a Charlestonian that history is all around us. But if you need a reminder, celebrate the Fourth at Middleton Place where a Declaration of Independence signer lived. 

Last we heard, Circa 1886’s Independence Day celebration at the Wentworth Mansion was completely booked. But maybe if you’re quick — and lucky — you can grab a spot thanks to a cancellation.

The Independence Festival on Kiawah is fun for the whole family.

Start the day off right by running a 5K for the red, white, and blue.

Uncle Sam wants you at his Uncle Sam Jam at the Mt. P pier.

The Red, White, and Blue Party at Southern Season will have outdoor games and refreshments.

And of course there will be fireworks. Head out to Folly, Riverfront Park, Sullivan’s, IOP, or Summerville to watch the sky light up.

Saturday If Friday simply wasn’t enough for you — or if they were too much and you need some hair of the dog — continue the festivities at Mad River.