Dear America, will you join me for a soirée in the park? Kindly check yes or no. I’ll pack a picnic basket full of goodies if you bring the pyrotechnics, and I think we’ll have a grand old time celebrating the day of your birth.

Folly Beach 4th of July Celebration

Make a trip out to the Edge of America to see this free fireworks show on the beach. Get there early and make a day out of surfing at the Washout, fishing on the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, or just taking it all in on a beach chair.

Moncks Corner 4th of July Street Dance & Fireworks

Be the first to wish America a happy birthday with the Town of Moncks Corner’s free July 3 celebration at the Regional Recreation Complex on East Main Street. Live music starts at 7 p.m. with the Customs 4 & Friends Band. And did we mention there’s a parade? Because there’s a parade.

North Charleston 4th of July Festival

North Charleston’s free Independence Day blowout has something for everyone: jump castles and activities for the kids, beer stations and a party band for the grown-ups, and a great view of the fireworks over the Cooper River.

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast

What more patriotic place to celebrate the birth of our nation than in the presence of the USS Yorktown, a decommissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier? Fair warning: Parking costs $10 per vehicle, and tickets for flight deck access range from $35 to $100.

Sullivan’s Island Independence Day Celebration in the Park

Bring a blanket or a chair and check out the fireworks show at J. Marshall Stith Park on Middle Street. Music starts at 5 p.m., and the fireworks go off at dusk.

Summerville’s Red, White & Blue on the Green

Summerville’s free Fourth of July bash at Gahagan Park kicks off well before sunset at 5:30 p.m. and features music, games, jump castles, children’s activities, and even patriotic newspaper hats.