The Fourth of July in Savannah always promises to pack as much bang into the holiday weekend as possible, and this year is no different.

From concerts to barbecue to River Street's annual Fourth of July celebration, locals will have no problem finding something patriotic to partake in over the next few days.

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And if you're scared of that dreaded downtown parking but still want to check out the festive fireworks show on the river, be sure to catch our live coverage online after 9 p.m. July 4 at

So, slap on the sunscreen and head downtown, or to surrounding areas, and enjoy the best Independence Day celebrations the Lowcountry has to offer.

River Street events

July 4-7: Savannah Riverfront's Fourth of July Festival on the River

Come out to historic River Street and enjoy artists, local entertainment and fun for the entire family. Live music and food and beverage vendors will also be featured throughout the weekend. All events are free and open to public. Regular First Friday and First Saturday festivities will be going on all weekend, too.

July 4: 4 to 11 p.m.

Live music: The Accomplices perform at 8:30 p.m.

Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center will open its main parking lot from 4-11 p.m. July 4. Parking fees are $5 per vehicle and military personnel can park free with valid military ID.

July 5: Noon to 11 p.m.

Live music: Keith & Ross at 3 p.m.

The Sh*tkickers at 6 p.m.

Chuck Courtenay at 8:30 p.m.

July 6: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Rock 106.1 sponsors its first Cornhole Tournament, and games begin at 11 a.m. Participants must register online with Rock 106.1 before the tournament. Second- and third-place winners will get tickets to see Trapt at Wild Wing Café on July 8. First-place winners will also get tickets to the show and a meet-and-greet with the band.

Live music: The Positions at 3:30 p.m.

Domino Effect at 6 p.m.

A Nickel Bag of Funk at 8:30 p.m.

July 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live music: Magic Rocks at 1 p.m.

Other Savannah events

July 4: Barbecue at Brick House

Support the Humane Society at 11 a.m. at the Brick House, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Proceeds from the Fourth of July barbecue benefit the Humane Society of Greater Savannah.

July 4: Patriotic Big Band Salute to support Savannah's WWII monument

Enjoy the big band sounds of local artists and support the WWII monument at a patriotic performance featuring Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Clay Johnson, Adam Jones and Huxsie Scott. Show begins at 6 p.m. at The Savannah Theater, 222 Bull St. Tickets are $30.

July 4: Fourth of July at Tricentennial Park

The Tricentennial Park sites will host special programming from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4. Historians will read the Declaration of Independence and discuss the 1779 Battle of Savannah. Guests can see the exhibit on the battle in the Savannah History Museum, tour the battlefield with a Revolutionary War soldier and see a musket demonstration. Steam train rides and activities continue at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Admission prices vary. Call 912-651-6840 for more information.

Surrounding areas

July 4: Fort McAllister Fourth of July celebration

Fort McAllister will host a special Fourth of July event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4. The program will feature re-enactors, musket and cannon firings, old-fashioned games, history and family fun. Admission for adults is $6.50, seniors $6, youth ages 6-17 $3.75 and children 5 and younger get in free. For more information, call 727-2339.

July 6: Richmond Hill celebrates Fourth of July

Richmond Hill will celebrate Independence Day from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 6 at J.F. Gregory Park. The event features food, entertainment, kids' games, fishing and fireworks. It is free and open to the public.