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Towns across The T&D Region are gearing up to salute the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by giving residents an opportunity to celebrate food, music and fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday.

Here are some of the events planned this year:

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Bamberg

The City of Bamberg 4th of July Celebration promises to be exciting with music, a parade, a fireworks show and much more.

The David Cooler Band will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Bamberg County Library. Food vendors and arts and crafts vendors will also be on hand.

Kayak demonstrations and a Fire Truck Spray Time (7-8 p.m.), where folks can cool off, will be held on the old railroad berm between Carlisle and Cannon streets from 6 to 10 p.m.

A Fourth of July Parade honoring veterans and first responders will get underway at 8:30 p.m. The parade will begin at U.S. 78 and Fire Tower Road and end at U.S. 78 and Hunters Chapel Road.

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The finale of the evening will be the huge 4th of July Fireworks Show beginning at 9:15 p.m. on the old railroad berm on East Heritage Highway. The fireworks are courtesy of Phoenix Specialty.

Everybody's invited to bring their lawn chairs to the berm and enjoy the colorful pyrotechnics.

Alcohol is prohibited at the event.

South Fork Patriotic Paddle

Outdoor enthusiasts can also celebrate the Fourth of July at the South Fork Patriotic Paddle, a canoe/kayak trip sponsored by the Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce. The trip will take place on the South Fork of the Edisto River (decorations are optional).

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The paddle will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6, with boats launching from Bobcat Landing on U.S. Highway 301. The six-mile paddle will end at Brabham’s Landing. Free shuttle service will be provided. To rent a boat and gear, call 843-695-8146 or 843-560-3400. For more information, call 803-245-4427 or 803-300-1972, or email info@bambergcounty.org.

Elloree

The Town of Elloree will hold an Independence Day celebration and fireworks show at Joe Miller Park starting at 6 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, watermelon and ice cream will be on sale. Food tickets are $1 per ticket.

The picnic will be followed by a patriotic program with special music throughout the evening provided by DJ Don (Don Weidle).

The day will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display that will begin just after dark.

For more information, call Elloree Town Hall at 803-897-2821, email clerk@elloreesc.com or visit www.elloreesc.com.

Eutawville

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The Town of Eutawville will light up with fireworks to mark the 4th of July. The town invites everyone to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to watch the Independence Day fireworks show beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Eutawville Ball Field, 419 Porcher Ave.

Concessions will be available, with all proceeds going to benefit the Eutawville Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Food choices will include popcorn, hot dogs, candied apples, drinks and more. Gifts and donations will be appreciated.

For more information, call Eutawville Town Hall at 803-492-3374.

Holly Hill

The Town of Holly Hill will hold its annual Bennett Circle Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m., beginning at the intersection of Bennett Circle and Bunch Ford Road.

Holly Hill will also be holding its Independence Blowout beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Holly Hill Town Hall. The event will be held at the Holly Hill Depot in the case of inclement weather.

A Food Truck Rodeo will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Holly Hill Town Hall featuring a variety of food. Sista’s Hand, Wings & Tings and Molly & Me Pecans will be among the vendors present. Popcorn and soft serve ice cream will also be available.

Live music will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the town hall, starting with The Waffel House Hipsters. The Louis D. Project will also perform.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and dancing shoes.

North

The Town of North will hold its Independence Day Celebration on the Town Square beginning at 6 p.m. The family-oriented event will feature fun and fireworks, along with ice cream and a U.S. Air Force flyover.

Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs.

To learn more, call North Town Hall during regular business hours at 803-247-2101 or visit www.townofnorth.sc.gov.

Springfield

Fourth of July festivities in the town of Springfield will begin just before nightfall. The annual Springfield Independence Day Celebration will be held at the ball field near the Highway 3.

Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold, and the fireworks will blast off at dark.

St. Matthews

Big fun will be on tap at Calhoun County's Fourth of July celebration adjacent to the Calhoun Convalescent Center and St. Matthews Youth Sports Ball Field. The popular band Riptide will perform on stage beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks show by Mike's Fireworks will begin once it's dark, at around 9 p.m.

Residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs to tailgate. Drinks and food will be available, including hot dogs, Pelican's SnoBalls, nachos and popcorn.

For more details, call Melissa Kizer at 803-682-5814.

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Contact the writer: dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5534. Follow "Good News with Gleaton" on Twitter at @DionneTandD

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