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Complete Guide To Fourth Of July In The Carolinas

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7 On Your Side hopes you have a great Fourth of July holiday weekend.  We've put together a list of everything you need to know this Independence Day.  Stay safe out there.

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July 3

Celebrate America Festival!
Downtown Easley at the Old Market Square
2-10 p.m.
Carnival rides, fireworks, and music

July 4

Watch Greenville and Spartanburg fireworks here

City of Pickens Fourth of July Fireworks
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER 
City leaders say the event will be rescheduled.

Red, White and Blue Festival
Downtown Greenville
5-10:30 p.m.
Fireworks, music, and food
Map

Greenville Drive
Fluor Field
Home Game vs. Savannah Sand Gnats
6 p.m.
Baseball and evening fireworks

Hillbilly Day
Mountain Rest,SC
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bluegrass, BBQ, and games

4th of July Celebration
Newberry
6-10:30 p.m.
Rides, music, skydiving, and fireworks

Red, White, & Boom
Spartanburg's Barnet Park
6-10 p.m.
Music by Brett Eldredge, BBQ, food, and fireworks

Ingles Fourth Of July Celebration
Downtown Asheville
4-9:30 p.m.
Pack Square Park

2013 Independence Day Patriotic Pops!
Simpsonville
8pm
VIP Tables: $300 (an entire VIP table includes seating for 6 people, complimentary food & beverages, and three premium parking passes)
Adult Single Seat at a VIP Table: $75 per person (includes one premium parking pass per two seats)
Child (ages 3-12) Single Seat at a VIP Table: $30 per child
General Admission Lawn Seating: $5.00 per person

Firecracker Frolic 5k
Easley at Old Market Square
7:30 a.m.
Entry fee: $17.76

Celebrate America Festival!
Downtown Easley at the Old Market Square
2-11 p.m.
Carnival rides, fireworks, and music 

"Nights of Fire" at Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Nightly from July 4 to August 11, Carowinds theme park will celebrate with "Night of Fire," as the sky lights up each evening with a stunning fireworks celebration.

Red, White and Blue Shoes
Greenville at Furman University
8 a.m.
Cost: $30

U.S. National Whitewater Coca-Cola Fourth of July Festival
The USNWC 4th of July Festival features live music and fireworks over the man-made whitewater river. 

July 6

Cowpens Celebration of Freedom
Gaffney
9 a.m.-5p.m.
Family activities, music, and battlefield walks

Sweets & Treats in Early America 
Spartanburg at Price House
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Taste sweets enjoyed by Americans in the early 1800s, including homemade icecream

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Do you know of an event that we missed in this list?  Email the details to assignmentdesk@wspa.com

Weather

Rain and clouds are in the holiday forecast Thursday with afternoon rain and thunderstorms.

Meteorologist Malachi Rodgers says highs will climb to the low 80s for the Upstate and middle 70s for the mountains.

"Rain and thunderstorms will continue through the evening across the Upstate and mountains, which may impact evening firework displays," he explains.

Rain chances slowly start to go down as we head towards the weekend. 

Click here to get even more from Storm Team 7.

Travel

Fewer people are expected to hit the road this July 4th holiday in the Carolinas, according to AAA.

The group predicts higher gas prices and a shorter holiday weekend will keep people close to home.

With that in mind, the roads will still be busy with an expected 470,000 to be on the roads in South Carolina.  Nearly 1 million are predicted to be driving on North Carolina roads.

Gas prices in the Palmetto State are averaging $3.13 per gallon of unleaded.  That's the cheapest in the country at last check, according to gasbuddy.com.  And Upstate motorists are lucky enough to have the lowest prices in the state, depending on what city you live in.

North Carolina drivers are paying a bit more for fuel, with the state averaging $3.38 per gallon.

Check the latest gas prices using our Gas Watch page before you travel.  And don't forget to rely on our Traffic Watch page for real-time traffic information.

Freebies on the Fourth

LongHorn Steakhouse is serving up a national campaign where grillers seeking tips can ask grill masters questions on Facebook, or by calling 1-855-LH-GRILL.  This lasts from July 3-6 and the hotline hours are from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Iron Skillet and Country Pride home-style restaurants, including TA and PETRO sit-in restaurants, are offering free meals (up to $15 value) to all active duty military and vets. Last year's promo served more than 15,000 servicemen and women, says John Ponczoch, senior vice president of food service operations at Travel Centers of America.

Boston Market's "Family Meal" options are 50 percent off with a coupon.

Shermin-Williams will be offering 30 percent off most paints and stains through July 8.

Payless Shoe Source is offering a buy-one-get the second pair 50 percent off promo, which is good until July 7.

The recently purchased Cardi's Furnitiure chain promises a free purchase on July 4 if the local temperature hits 98 degrees.

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