Want to go?

What: Aiken July 4th Celebration

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Where: Gaston Livery Stable, Richland Avenue

For more information: Call 803-215-8232

What: Village at Woodside Beach Blast

When: Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Where: Village at Woodside, 230 Village Green Blvd.

Cost: Admission is $5 per carload.

For more information: Call 803-645-6270

What: Fireworks display

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Where: Augusta Commons, 836 Reynolds St., Augusta

For more information: Call 706-821-1754

What: Freedom Fest

When: Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Village at Sandhill, 495-5 Town Center Place, Columbia

For more information: Call 803-699-5560

What: Cannon salute to each state and territory

When: Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.

Where: Fort Jackson Army Base, 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Columbia

For more information: 803-751-6299

Rainy weather is not going to dampen the spirits of those attending local Independence Day events on Thursday.


Two big events are taking place in Aiken to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Aiken July 4th Celebration at the Gaston Livery and the Village at Woodside’s Beach Blast event will offer a variety of activities to residents of all ages.


Aiken July 4th Celebration organizer Jane Page Thompson said All-Star Tents and Events is setting up a large tent for attendees to take cover if rain occurs. Thompson said she’s beyond grateful for the business’ generosity.


This is the second year the event has been held and Thompson is appreciative of everyone involved who are working hard to make it a success.


The event will include a pie baking contest in which the entries must be in by 6:30 p.m. and judging will start at 7 p.m. The costume contest, cornhole tournament and watermelon seed spitting contest winners will be announced at 9 p.m. A talent contest will be judged at about 7:30 p.m.


The event will also offer old-fashioned games, a twilight screening of “Finding Buck McHenry” that will start at 9 p.m., food vendors, a dunking booth with local celebrities, entertainment by Preston & Weston with Sandra Simmons and more.


The Livery Stable is hosting the celebration “as a way to thank the community for its support,” said Coleen Reed, president of the Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable, in a press release.


A bouncy house and water feature will also be available for children to enjoy.


Admission is free, and parking will be available at the field at Beaufort Street and Richland Avenue. The event will start at 4 p.m.


For more information, call Thompson at 803-215-8232.


This is also the second year of the Beach Blast at the Village at Woodside. Residential Sales Specialist Kenneth Brodie said the event will be bigger than before.


Sand is being brought in for the Village’s event field, and volleyball games will be set up for some summer fun. A water slide and inflatables for children will also be available.


In addition, a raffle is planned for chances to win artwork donated by Furniture Connection and a woman’s gold and diamond pin, valued at $1,800, from Floyd & Green.


Tony Williams and the Blues Express will provide music.


Bruster’s Ice Cream will be at the Beach Blast along with the event truck from Brand Mortgage of Augusta. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be given to anyone who makes a donation to the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic. Proceeds from admission fees and raffle ticket sales will also benefit the Wounded Warrior Classic.


The Beach Blast will be held at 230 Village Green Blvd. from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per carload.


For more information, call Brodie at 803-645-6270.