Details announced for 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray

Posted 5/18/23

Times are set for the annual boat parade and fireworks show.

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Details announced for 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray


The schedule is set for Lake Murray’s annual July 4 festivities.

The 35th annual 4th of July Celebration on the lake will kick off at noon July 1 with the expected Patriotic Boat Parade at noon at Bomb Island. The theme is “Red, White, Blue, and You,” with participants being encouraged to show off what the holiday means to them by organizers with the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board.

“We look forward to seeing boaters express what patriotism means to them. Capital City/Lake Murray Country is proud of Lake Murray and honored to be the largest fireworks show in SC." Vickie Davis, vice president of special events and funding at Capital City/Lake Murray Country, is quoted in a release.

Entry into the parade is free, with registration available at through June 23 or at the Lake Murray Country Visitor Center (2184 N. Lake Dr. in Columbia) or by phone through June 30.

The celebration reaches its apex with the annual fireworks show, which takes place later in the day at dark (about 9:30 p.m.), with the colorful explosives being launched from both Spence and Dreher Island.

“The show is synchronized to a patriotic concert that will air simultaneously on the Cumulus Media radio station B106.7 WTCB,” the release details. “Both park sites at the Lake Murray Dam will be open until they reach capacity.”

The park sites on both sides of the Lake Murray Dam will be open for viewing until they reach capacity, and viewing is also available at Dreher Island State Park (where normal state park fees will apply).

If thunder and lightning cause the fireworks to have to be postponed, the display will take place July 2 without the parade.

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