Brunswick: Brunswick Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is held each year at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of historic downtown Brunswick. The festivities start at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and feature organized and supervised classic games like sack races, tug-of-wars, horseshoes, various ball games, hula-hoop contests and more. Players compete for whole south Georgia watermelons. Can’t win or just don’t want to play but you still have a taste for watermelon? Free slices are handed out all evening, compliments of the city of Brunswick. The fireworks over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay start about 9 p.m. and last 30 minutes. Event sponsors are the city of Brunswick, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, and the Downtown Development Authority.
Fort McAllister Historic State Park
Celebrate Independence Day like it’s 1864. Come out for some old-fashioned fun. There will be games, food and fun for the entire family. Living-history demonstrations, cannon firings and musket demonstrations will take place on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-17 and a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 912-727-2339.
Fireworks will be launched from Great Dunes Golf Course at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
The city of Richmond Hill’s Independence Day Celebration will feature farmers’ market items, arts and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities, including water rides and pony rides. A variety of food choices will be available. The evening includes a concert and traditional fireworks at 9 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for kids, towels, blankets and chairs. Event is from 5-9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more event and booth information, call 912-756-3345 or visit www.richmondhill-ga.gov.
St. Simons Island
The annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival in the Pier Village has been an island tradition for more than 60 years. The festival starts at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Festival Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p/m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and that day also features a 5K race and 1-mile fun run in the morning. For more information, go to www.goldenisles.com/event/st-simons-island-4th-of-july-sunshine-festival.
The Cloister and Beach Club has many activities scheduled each year during the Fourth of July weekend. The day usually begins with a flag-raising ceremony and ends with a fireworks display at the Beach Club, usually around 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.seaisland.com/activities/sea-island-events.
River Street, Savannah
The River Street Fourth of July Celebration features live music on the Arbor Stage throughout the night. The 2015 Fireworks Extravaganza starts shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Attendees should bring their own chairs. Event hours are 4-10 p.m. For more information, go to www.riverstreetsavannah.com/event/river-street-fourth-july-celebration/?instance_id=1259.
Fireworks go off with a bang at dark, which is between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3. The show is staged on the pier but is easily viewed from any of Tybee Island’s eastern beaches. Hang around afterward for island-wide dining and drink specials. For more information, visit tybeeisland.com/events/event/independence-day-fireworks.