Where to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks in Greenville, SC

Fireworks were part of the celebration at the very first Independence Day party in 1777, and they continue to mark the hoopla of the holiday today. They were meant to boost morale and commemorate the celebratory spirit of the USA's birthday. It's hard not to smile when you see the 'rockets red glare' illuminating the night sky. Have a blast watching fantastic fireworks displays at these awesome community celebrations. If you're a total fool for fireworks, you can even hit up all of the festivities.

Greer Freedom Blast
To get the party started early, don't miss the Greer Freedom Blast. Head down to Greer City Park at 6 p.m. to witness the Greer Idol Competition, followed by the Texas Roadhouse Rib Eating Contest at 7:05 p.m. Music will ensue on the main stage for the remainder of the evening before the fireworks erupt at 10:10 p.m. There is also a Kids Zone complete with free activities, inflatables, and crafts. Perhaps the highlight of the event, though, is the heartfelt Veterans Walk. All veterans can participate by meeting at the fountain at 8:30 p.m.

Simpsonville Independence Day Celebration
It's a weekend-long celebration at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. The Independence Slam takes place on Friday, July 1, starting at 6 p.m. The ruckus begins with band Jackyl taking the stage. Get your tickets at Harley-Davidson of Greenville, the event's sponsor. The party continues on July 2 when you can get your culture on and let loose with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free admission, music, fireworks, and fun. Even parking is free, so there is absolutely no reason to miss this event.

Wells Fargo Red, White, and Blue Festival
The main event in Greenville is the Wells Fargo Red, White, and Blue Festival held on the 4th in downtown Greenville. The bash begins at 5 p.m. with food and beverage vendors and a Zaxby's Kidz Zone area. Enjoy live music on two stages starting at 5:15, with headliner MamaDear at 8:15 p.m. on the Pepsi Stage. At 9:45 p.m. the fireworks will enliven the downtown skyline. Be sure to find a spot on Main Street between Court Street and Falls Park Drive for best viewing. If you can't make it to the event, or you are celebrating at home, you can also listen to a live broadcast of the event from 8-10 p.m. on WESC 92.5 FM.

Get out your red, white, and blue and celebrate as the founding fathers intended, with plenty of mood-boosting fireworks and fun.

Jannan Poppen is a travel writer based in Greenville, SC. She's an explorer at heart and will try just about anything once.