Eight Fourth of July celebrations 

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Jonathan Boncek

There are few things more American than hulky men and women tanned to a glistening glow. Don't take our word for it, just close your eyes and imagine our body builders bathed in the light of a fireworks show. Then head to these area July 4th shindigs, dinners, and throwdowns.

North Charleston Fourth of July Festival

The City of North Charleston presents their annual Fourth of July festival at Riverfront Park, held from 3:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. This year's celebration will feature musical guests, children's activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and, of course, a fireworks show. Performers include the Palmetto Percussion Drum Line, Jump Castle Riot, On the Border, Funk Factory Five, and the Charlestones.

Uncle Sam Jam

This Fourth of July, Charleston County Parks invites the Lowcountry to come dance to great music at the Mt. Pleasant Pier starting at 7 p.m. Local band Permanent Vacation will perform beach tunes and oldies, and attendees can stop by Riverwatch Cafe and Gift Shop for snacks and beverages. Buy your tickets now — there are only 800 up for grabs.

Firecracker 4 Miler

For some folks, there's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a race through a beautiful park. The Firecracker 4 Miler is (you guessed it) a four-mile run, which winds through Mt. Pleasant's Laurel Hill County Park, starts at 8:30 a.m. on Independence Day. After running the shaded trails, kick back with the All-American feast of champions — a hot dog and a cold beer.

Patriot's Point 4th of July Blast

Check out a fireworks show from the deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown. General admission is $40, or if you wanna go big, opt for the VIP option, where $110 gets you open bars, barbecue, and the best seats for the show. You don't have to shell out that much dough, though, if you plan on watching the fireworks from shore. There will be live music and concessions starting onshore at 4 p.m., along with jump castles and face painting.

Independence Day Celebrations

Sullivan's Island kicks off Fourth of July celebrations early this year, with fireworks starting at dusk on Sat. July 2. at J. Marshall Stith Park. On Mon. July 4, join in the patriotic parade that starts at 9 a.m., featuring the little island's collection of golf carts and bicycles.

Stars and Guitars

Get down and country at Stars and Guitars, a rockin' country music concert held on Sun. July 3, with gates at Boone Hall opening at 4:30 p.m. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to post up on Boone Hall's back lawn. Opening acts Runaway June and William Michael Morgan start at 6 p.m., and headliner Dustin Lynch rocks out at 8 p.m.

9th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration

The Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886 Restaurant host a jazzy dinner party to celebrate Independence Day. Guests can listen to live music, play lawn games, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and relax at the cash bar on the patio and Wentworth Mansion lawn. As the evening progresses, guests will head inside for libations and a three-course dinner before heading out onto the cupola to watch the fireworks with champagne in hand. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and tickets are $75.

Sea Stars & Stripes

This Good Catch event offers families the opportunity to watch the fireworks from one of the best spots in town, the S.C. Aquarium. Guests can stay cool inside and explore the aquarium before the fireworks, and Good Catch partner restaurants will provide a delightful selection of barbecue and a Lowcountry boil featuring local, sustainable shrimp. The party starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $60.

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