Independence Day has special meaning here in South Carolina, as many of our towns were once the sites of Revolutionary War activities. As one of the original 13 colonies, we played a big part in the fight for independence.

That means you could spend the 4th of July holiday visiting historic forts or battlefields. The state park system offers plentiful ways to immerse yourself, http://southcarolinaparks.com/historic-sites/revolutionary-war.aspx.

Or you might prefer to do a little outdoor grilling or boating on this national holiday, followed by fireworks with your friends and neighbors.

We’ve done some sleuthing and found that many of our Sabal communities just happen to be located conveniently near some of the region’s biggest light shows:

• Red, White & Blue on the Green in Summerville’s Gahagan Park is just what you want a summer celebration to be! Centered around the evening’s fireworks display, the afternoon features live music, food and beverage vendors, kids activities and all the space you need to throw down a blanket and relax.


• Or climb aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point (or plant some lawn chairs beside it) for Charleston’s biggest Fourth of July display. Tickets to board are $40 per person and include music; shore side seating is free, and parking is $10 per vehicle; www.patriotspoint.org.

• The Grand Strand area will shine bright with plenty of big shows http://www.myrtlebeach.com/myrtle-beach-events/fourth-of-july-fireworks-schedule-for-myrtle-beach-area/. We’re particularly fond of the idea of combining a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game with a fireworks after party.

• In the Upstate, there’s no beating the annual Wells Fargo Red, White & Blue presented by AT&T. Held downtown from 5 p.m to 10 p.m., it features live music on two stages, family activities and plentiful food and drink.

Tired from too much fun in the sun? No worries, more and more fireworks shows are live streaming.  So just follow your favorite towns on Facebook and have fun!