Local cities plan July 4 events

COUNTY — Pickens County will spread its patriotic wings as four municipalities will be hosting events celebrating the birth of our nation during the July 4 weekend.

If you are looking for food, fun and fireworks galore, the fun will not be hard to find this Friday and Saturday, as Easley, Pickens, Liberty and Clemson all have slated events that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The city of Easley and Dunburks Premier Events are busy finalizing plans for the Gilstrap Family Dealerships Celebrate America Festival on Friday and Saturday. The festival has become the city’s largest and most popular event of the year, with crowds growing into the thousands.

Beginning on Friday, the celebration will kick off with amusement rides, craft vendors, food vendors and music. The main stage will present The Jamie Wrights Experience from 7-10 p.m. Wrights is a well-known local musician who is pulling large crowds at every show.

The fun will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. with continued amusement rides, food vendors and craft vendors. Saturday night, the main stage will present The Flashbacks, a local band and fan favorite.

Fireworks should start around 9:15 p.m. or at dark.

In addition, the Easley Farmers Market is the place to start a July 4 celebration.  The market will have everything for local residents’ barbecue and picnic needs, as well as free carnival games, water games with the Easley Fire Department and other surprises from the fire department. The Snoops Family Band will be performing. The market is in the parking lot of City Hall at 205 N. First St. The market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

The city of Pickens has also become a July 4 destination for residents around the county, and this year will be no exception. Pickens’ event on Saturday will feature food, music, rides and fun. The event will start at 3 p.m. and conclude with a huge fireworks display that can be seen all over the city.

The Katlin Owen Band will play at 7 p.m. Carnival rides will be available all day with the purchase of a $10 wristband.

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The city of Liberty will also be a great place to enjoy Saturday, as “Love My Liberty” will host the city’s first-ever free event celebrating freedom and community.

The event will feature live music, outdoor games, water activities for children, the first-ever Emma KAPP Bike Parade and a huge fireworks display at dark.

There will be free activities and giveaways courtesy of area churches, businesses and other organizations. Free hot dogs will be available from 6-8 p.m. or while supplies last. Other concessions will be available for purchase.

In Clemson, the fun will begin on Friday with the 22nd annual ClemsonFest event at the Clemson University Beach and Outdoor Recreation Area (formerly known as Y Beach).

Gates will open at 5 p.m., with the cost being $10 per car and $5 for walk ups.

The Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Clemson, works to showcase the outstanding recreational and cultural resources of the Clemson community through music, food and family fun.

There is a children’s area including free inflatables. There will be non-stop entertainment and activities, including live music by the Carolina Coast Band, performances by the Daniel High School Competition Cheer Squad and Disco Dogs of the Carolinas, and ending the day with a show-stopping fireworks display over Lake Hartwell.