In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, you can find everything from historic celebrations to patriotic concerts to bar crawls and of course, plenty of fireworks. Find even more weekend events in our Big Calendar at dosavannah.com/calendar.
Freedom Rings Celebration: 6-10 p.m. June 29; Freedom Park, 6755 Prosperity Drive, Rincon. Food, music, fireworks.
Red, White, and Brews Bar Crawl: 4-11 p.m. June 30; starts at Pour Larry’s, 206 W. Saint Julian St.; 21 and older only; $15 in advance at barcrawlsavannah.com, $20 at the door. Wear your patriotic best for this downtown bar hop.
Independence Day Celebration: 5-9:30 p.m. June 30, fireworks at 9 p.m.; J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar St., Richmond Hill. Entertainment, crafts, inflatables. No pets, glass bottles, golf carts, alcohol.
40th annual Patriotic Concert: 3 p.m. July 1; Fine Arts Auditorium, GSU Armstrong Campus; $10-$20 at news.georgiasouthern.edu. Savannah Wind Symphony presents a musical tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces and the nation’s first responders. Tickets sell out for this popular concert.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Noon July 3; line up by 11:45 a.m. to participate; steps of Chatham County Court House, 133 Montgomery St.; email@example.com. The community is invited to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. To take part and read a few sentences, line up between 11:30-11:45 a.m. Hot dogs, cookies, iced tea, lemonade and Leopold's Ice Cream will be available to participants.
Ceremony at the Button Gwinnett monument: 10 a.m. July 4; Colonial Park Cemetery, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave.; free, light refreshments. Celebrate Independence Day with the Daughters of the Revolution from Bonaventure, Lachlan McIntosh and Savannah chapters. Short ceremony at the Button Gwinnett monument to feature members of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus, the Scottish American Military Society, Children of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Georgia, and more. Bring chair, sunscreen.
Fort Pulaski Independence Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4; Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80; $7 per adult, free for children 15 and younger; nps.gov/fopu or 912-786-5787. Children’s crafts and activities throughout the day, as well as Civil War medicine program in the infirmary. Schedule: 10 a.m. guided fort tour; 11 a.m. cannon demo; noon "Pulaski: What's in a Name?"; 1:30 p.m. historic baseball game; 2:30 p.m. "Let Freedom Ring? The African-American Experience at Fort Pulaski and the Sea Islands"; 3 p.m. cannon demo; 3:30 p.m. guided fort tour.
Magnolia Park Parade and Picnic: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4; Magnolia Park/Blueberry Hill neighborhoods; free; facebook.com/MPNA31406. Decorate your bicycles, wagons, golf carts and scooters for the annual parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Woodland and Forsyth. A picnic to follow at the MBF pool is free to members and $5 for guests. Hamburgers and hot dogs provided. Frozen treats for sale or bring a potluck dessert.
Cannons Across the Marsh: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4; Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien; $4.50-$7.50; 912-437-4770 or gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge. Artillery and musket firings all day. Free watermelon and lemonade.
Tybee Island Bike Parade: 11 a.m. July 4; Memorial Park, Tybee Island; free; facebook.com/TybeeBikeParade. Decorate your bike in red, white and blue for a family-friendly ride.
Independence Day Colonial Faire: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 4; Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway; free; 912-884-5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Games of skill, prizes, live colonial music, musket and cannon firing, historical interpreters.
River Street celebration: Noon-10 p.m. July 4; River Street; free; riverstreetsavannah.com. Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Free VIP military seating starting at 6 p.m. in Morrell Park; register at eventbrite.com.
3rd ID 100 Years Celebration: 5:30-11 p.m. July 4; 7 p.m. concert and 10:30 p.m. fireworks; Donovan Field; open gate access Gate 3 on Sunbury Road; free; libertycounty.org, stewartmwr.com. Performances by 3 Doors Down, LOCASH, Jagged Edge. Read more in Do's story here.
Swingin’ Savannah River: 8-9:30 p.m. July 4; The Westin; $35 or $75 VIP and $10 parking; equinoxorchestra.com. The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra offers a patriotic concert with proceeds to support the Sua Sponte Foundation. Read more in Do's story here.
Fireworks on Tybee: 9:15-10 p.m. July 4; Tybee Pier & Pavilion; free; visittybee.com. Show staged on pier; viewed from any eastern beach.