Local Independence Day celebrations begin a day early in Fort Mill, continue July 4 in Baxter and Tega Cay

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FORT MILL — Ready to get your red, white and blue on?

Independence Day is almost here, and several local events are planned to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. In Fort Mill, the festivities begin a day earlier than in years past as the town is rolling out a new, enhanced celebration experience.

The town’s July 3 event kicks off with the cookout at 6 p.m. Bring cash. The food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, funnel cakes and more, will be sold by vendors. Hobo’s is supplying the beer, which will be sold by the 809 Foundation. The 809 Foundation honors the service of York County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Doty, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Come to the bandstand at 8:15 for the start of the ceremony. The celebration concludes with the traditional cannon firings in Confederate Park.

Here’s your lineup for July 4:

  • Baxter Village holds its annual Independence Day parade at 9:30 a.m. on Market Street. Feeling the summer heat? The Riverview Fire Department will be more than happy to hose you down.
  • As always, an entire day of events is scheduled in Tega Cay, where July 4 events also celebrate the city’s birthday. A land parade at 9 a.m. on Tega Cay Drive gets things started, followed by paddleboard jousting and log rolling at 11 a.m. in Windjammer Park. Next up is the annual boat parade. Boat parade viewers can follow the shoreline and map to see all the entries. Windjammer also hosts a Carolina Show Ski Team performance at 1 p.m.
  • The Splish-n-Splash Summer Bash runs 3-5 p.m. at the Tega Cay Golf Pavilion area with water slides, face painting and snow cones. The Lion Club will host their annual fish fry at the Glennon Center 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tega Cay will also host a birthday party for the city’s 37th year since incorporating, complete with free cake at the Glennon Center, followed by fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
  • Carowinds holds its Celebrate America Fireworks Show at dark on July 4-5. One of the larger fireworks displays in the area will be visible from surrounding Fort Mill areas, or from the park along with a patriotic soundtrack with the price of admission. Those dates fall into military appreciation days at Carowinds, when active or retired military, National Guard, veterans, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and veterans with honorable or medical discharge get in free. Up to six family members get reduced ticket rates.
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