Unless you love bonding over a cul-de-sac cleanup, it’s nice to let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays.
Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and tips to DIY. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.
Family, Fun & Fireworks Celebration | Hartness Grand Lawn, 2000 Society St. | Fri., July 1 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Grab your lawn chair or blanket + catch this show in the sky from the Grand Lawn.
Fountain Inn Fireworks Spectacular | Main Street, Fountain Inn | Sat., July 2 | 6 p.m.-dark | Listen to Cravin’ Melon + enjoy bites from local food trucks before the show begins.
Celebrate Simpsonville | CCNB Amphitheater at Heritage Park, 861 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville | Sun., July 3 | 5:30 p.m. | The Village People, known for their tune “Y.M.C.A,” play a free concert before the 15 minute fireworks show + finale.
Red, White, and Blue Picnic | Fluor Field at the West End | Sun., July 3 | 5 p.m. | Feast on an all-you can eat picnic buffet, catch the Greenville drive play + stick around for the post game fireworks show.
Fireworks on the Fourth | Unity Park, 320 S. Hudson St. | Mon., July 4 | 6-10 p.m. | Prep a picnic dinner + eat beneath the rocket’s red glare.
Hiring Event for Grand Bohemian Lodge | Wed., June 29 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 55 E. Camperdown Way | Free | Apply to be part of the team at the new Grand Bohemian Lodge in Greenville — don’t forget a copy of your resume.
Meet the Artist | Wed., June 29 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Commerce Club, 55 Beattie Pl., Floor 17 | Sip champagne while you get to know artist Lynn Pilewski + view the 31 pieces in her fine art nature photography collection, “Take a Walk With Me.” 🌸
Music Bingo | Thurs., June 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Tetrad Brewing Co., 603 E. Stone Ave. | Free entry | Singing and dancing are expected at this night of music bingo, with a chance to win a cash prize.
JT Sayres at Gather GVL | Thurs., June 30 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St. | Free entry | Jam out to the acoustic tunes of this Upstate musician.
First Fridays | Fri., July 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Locations vary | Free entry | Explore 25+ local art galleries in the Greenville area on the first Friday of every month and plan your route with the interactive map. 🎨
Swanson’s July Songwriter Showcase | Fri., July 1 | 8 p.m. | Swanson’s Warehouse, 12 N. Irvine St. | $5+ | Join host Vilai Harrington + local songwriters like Taylor Corum, Mark Webb Jr., and Clark Thurston. 🎶
Greer made Thrillist’s list, “The Best Suburban Neighborhoods You Should Totally Move To.” Places like the nearby BMW Performance Center test track, Cartwright Food Hall + Greer City Park are lauded as making Greer “a pretty badass destination” and one that “combines history and high-speed excitement like few places in America.”
Registration is open for Pitch, Hit, and Run on Wed., July 20 — the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. Kids 14 and under will put their baseball + softball skills to the test for a chance to advance to the Major League Team Championships and MLB World Series. Volunteer positions are available. ⚾
Upstate barber shop The Oxford Barber Companyhas launched phase one of Oxford Academy, a new program that will educate current staff and train new barbers as they work towards earning their license. The program will be carried out in the upstairs of the shop’s Village of West Greenville space. 💈
The Greenville Woodworkers Guild, a woodworking education nonprofit, built and donated 15 custom bunk beds for Ukrainian refugee families living in Spartanburg County. The donation was made possible through a partnership with Spartanburg nonprofit Mary & Martha Services, which supports refugees, disaster victims, and those in crisis. (Greenville Journal)
The Greenville Jewish Film Festival’sSummerFest is back on Sun., Aug. 28 after a two-year break. Listen to the Iliana Rose Cuban Jazz Band, enjoy Cuban bites + drinks, and view a screening of “The Mamboniks,” a documentary about the “Jewish love affair with Latin music.” Tickets go on sale Mon., Aug. 1.
Think your child is safe riding in a golf cart? While parents buckle up their children in cars, they don’t always use that same caution in recreational vehicles such as golf carts. Pediatric surgeon Stanton Adkins, MD, explains why parents should be concerned about kids + golf carts.*
In Episode 178 of The Growth Project, “Getting Inside the Mindset of a Trailblazer,” Milwaukee Buck’s play-by-play announcer Lisa Byington and Dr. Katie Nichols discuss the type of mindset and approach Byington’s embraced that has helped her become successful at the highest level. *
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Editor’s Pick: I’m so excited for Greenville Theatre’s 2022-2023 season lineup, especially the “Broadway Holiday Spectacular,” which will feature classic Holiday songs + numbers from shows like “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn,” “Elf the Musical,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Call it Christmas in (almost) July Holiday spirit. 🎄
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Meet Union House, GVL’s new affordable housing community.
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