Greenville has been in the national spotlight lately – dubbed a fast-growing city, a hub for hipsters, foodies and millennials. That’s a lot of buzz for my small(ish) hometown and trust me, those outsiders haven’t even finished drinking their glasses of Kool-Aid! This slice of southern paradise has SO much more to offer, but no worries, this native is here to help. Let’s start with something relevant: Fourth of July fireworks. Where, oh where should you camp out for that fantastic show? Take these into consideration and of course, enjoy!


  • Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival – City lovers, this one’s for you. You get the festival feel that fuels Downtown Greenville and a fantastic display of fireworks. Local vendors will have everything from drinks and burgers to cupcakes and glow-in-the-dark sticks. Set up shop with a picnic blanket in Falls Park and get ready for the fireworks display that starts at 9:45 pm.


  • Watch on the LakeLake Keowee is an insider favorite for watching fireworks. If you’re not watching from a boat, you’re not doing it right. The fireworks begin at dark at the Lake Keowee Marina, but make sure you get there with plenty of time as the boat traffic will have you wishing for Woodruff Road! Don’t feel bad if you’re running late because it’s hard to get a bad view of this show.


  • Your backyard – South Carolina residents have the luxury of being able to buy fireworks and set them off in our own backyards. You’ll see firework vendors pop up on almost every street corner, so finding them is no issue. Invite friends over for a backyard barbecue and sit back, relax and enjoy the craziness that comes with lighting your own fireworks. Pro-tip: Use old glass jars or cans to keep your fireworks propped upright. Make sure you take every safety precaution into advisement to keep everyone in one piece. Even if you choose one of the first two viewing options initially, you can always break out a pack of sparklers when you get back home.


As you head out to enjoy your Fourth of July weekend, stay safe, light your fireworks responsibly and enjoy the show!