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Lake Murray Country announces 2023 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray

Lake Murray, SC 05/22/2023 – The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board announced recently that they would hold their 35th annual 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray on Saturday, July 1, 2023. It is presented by the Lexington Medical Center.

The festivities kick off at noon with the Patriotic Boat Parade. Locals and visitors will decorate their boats in many ways that will leave you amazed and astonished! This year’s theme is “Red, White, Blue, and You”. Participants are encouraged to show off “What July 4th means to you” with their display. The annual boat parade begins at 12 noon at Bomb Island and is viewable from the park sites at the Lake Murray Dam after 12:30 p.m. Entry is FREE and there are cash prizes awarded in several categories! You can already register online at through June 23. You can also stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitor Center (2184 N. Lake Drive, Columbia) or by phone at 803-781-5940 by June 30. One of the benefits of registering at the visitor’s center is that you get to tour the museum and check out the gift shop where you can buy your official Lake Murray swag for the summer.

"This year's boat parade theme is red, white, blue, and you. We look forward to seeing boaters express what patriotism means to them. Capital City/Lake Murray Country is proud of Lake Murray and honored to be the largest fireworks show in SC." said Vickie Davis, Vice President of Special Events and Funding at Capital City/Lake Murray Country.

South Carolina’s largest fireworks show will take place at dark, approximately 9:30 p.m. from two lake locations, Spence and Dreher Island. The show is synchronized to a patriotic concert that will air simultaneously on the Cumulus Media radio station B106.7 WTCB. Both park sites at the Lake Murray Dam will be open until they reach capacity. Dreher Island State Park is 30 miles from Columbia and 12 miles off I-26 (via Chapin exit #91). Follow the visible brown State Park signage for easy navigation. All normal fees will apply at park sites, boat launching sites, and Marinas on Lake Murray. Should thunder and lightning occur and cause a postponement, the fireworks will take place on Sunday, July 2 without the parade.

The fireworks are funded through Capital City/Lake Murray Country’s fundraising efforts at the Taste of Lake Murray each year, private donations, and the support of the following sponsors: Lexington Medical Center, Dominion Energy, First Community Bank, Palm Beach Tan, WhiteWater Landing on Lake Murray, Michelin, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Tidewater Boats. Donations are accepted year-round at the Visitor’s Center (2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia), or at

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