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Get ready for an exciting edition filled with must-know details about upcoming events and hidden gems in the Carolinas. This week, we're bringing you the best 4th of July activities, an exciting new contest, and much more.

🎆 4th of July Activities Roundup Our top feature this week is a comprehensive roundup of the best 4th of July activities in North and South Carolina. From the stunning fireworks at Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant to the all-day celebrations at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, we’ve got the top four events that promise a fantastic Independence Day for you and your family.

🏖️ New Contest Alert: Enter Daily to Win a 4-Pack of Tickets to Charleston Aqua Park Don't miss our latest giveaway! Enter daily for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Charleston Aqua Park in Johns Island, SC. Dive into water fun with inflatable obstacle courses, paddleboarding, and more. Discover why Johns Island is worth the trip.

🌅 Best Lakes in the Carolinas Series: #8 Lake Norman Our “Best Lakes in the Carolinas” series continues with Lake Norman, NC, ranked #8. Whether you’re into boating, fishing, hiking, or just enjoying a scenic picnic, Lake Norman offers endless activities for friends and family (including 4th of July activities).

🛣️ All You Need to Know about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in NC Learn about the allure of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a 1,175-mile journey from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. We cover different ways to approach the trail and highlight some of the best sites, from Clingmans Dome to the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

🍑 The 2024 SC Peach Fest Get all the juicy details about the 2024 SC Peach Festival in Gaffney, SC, happening from July 11th to July 20th. Enjoy a parade, live entertainment, a peach cook-off, and more. Plus, learn fun facts about South Carolina’s booming peach industry.

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Winter, spring, summer, or fall, we're always giving away tickets and prizes to Carolina VIP subscribers and members of our Carolina Traveler Facebook group.

Taking part in a patriotic boat parade is one of many fun 4th of July activities in the Carolinas

This patriotic pontoon on Lake Murray got the memo!

4th of July Activities: The Best Patriotic Parties in the Carolinas

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July in North and South Carolina? Here are four spectacular 4th of July activities that promise fun, fireworks, and festivities for the whole family.

Patriots Point 4th of July Blast

Location: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC

Date & Time: July 4, 5-10 PM

Admission: Free for landside viewing; $95 per person for flight deck access Learn More

Special Features: Enjoy a stunning fireworks display over the Cooper River from the historic USS Yorktown. Live music, food trucks, and family-friendly 4th of July activities make this event a must-attend!

4th of July All Day Celebration & Fireworks Extravaganza

Location: Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Date & Time: July 4, 10 AM to 10 PM

Admission: Free Learn More

Special Features: An all-day extravaganza featuring live music, street performers, contests, family games, and a dazzling fireworks show over Lake Broadway at 10:00 PM.

Tweetsie Railroad July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Location: Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

Date & Time: July 4, 9 AM to 9:30 PM

Admission: Daily admission includes 4th of July activities; $60 for adults (13+), $40 for children (3-12), Free for 0-2 Learn More

Special Features: Enjoy a day of Wild West adventure, capped off with a fantastic fireworks show at 9:30 PM. Fun for the whole family with rides, shows, and more.

Fourth of July Celebration

Location: US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC

Date & Time: July 3-4, 9 AM to 10 PM

Admission: Free; parking $6 Learn More

Special Features: Two days of outdoor activities including rafting, illuminated zip-lining, SUP yoga, and live music.

Celebrate Independence Day with these fantastic events, each offering a unique way to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Happy 4th of July from Carolina Traveler!

Charleston Aqua Park SC

Take on the gigantic floating inflatable obstacle course or the challenging ninja warrior ropes course!

Experience One of the Most Epic Water Parks in the Carolinas

Carolina Traveler is thrilled to announce our latest giveaway: a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Charleston Aqua Park in Johns Island, SC! Enter daily for your chance to experience this fantastic water adventure.

Johns Island is an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Known for its picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and Southern charm, the island offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Don’t miss the Angel Oak Tree, a centuries-old marvel, and enjoy fresh seafood at the local eateries.

At Charleston Aqua Park, thrill-seekers of all ages can enjoy an array of exciting attractions. The park features a giant inflatable obstacle course on the water, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and more. It’s a paradise for water enthusiasts looking for fun and excitement in the sun.

Enter our giveaway daily for a chance to win and make unforgettable memories with your family at Charleston Aqua Park. Discover the charm of Johns Island and enjoy an action-packed adventure at one of the area's top attractions!

Sunset on Lake Norman

In addition to its mesmerizing sunsets, Lake Norman is known as a great boating and tubing destination.

The Best Lakes in the Carolinas: #8 Lake Norman

Lake Norman, NC, offers a wealth of activities (including 4th of July activities) perfect for a memorable outing with friends and family. As the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, Lake Norman boasts 520 miles of shoreline and plenty of opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

Water activities: Spend the day boating, kayaking, or paddleboarding on the calm waters. Rentals are readily available, making it easy for everyone to join in the fun. For thrill-seekers, try wakeboarding or jet skiing for an adrenaline rush.

Fishing: Known for its excellent fishing spots, Lake Norman is a haven for anglers. Pack your gear and enjoy a day of fishing for bass, catfish, and crappie.

Picnicking and swimming: With numerous parks and beaches, there are plenty of spots for picnicking and swimming. Ramsey Creek Park is a popular choice, offering a sandy beach, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

Hiking and biking: Explore the scenic trails around the lake. Jetton Park and Lake Norman State Park provide beautiful paths for hiking and biking, suitable for all skill levels.

Events and Festivals: Lake Norman hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including family-friendly 4th of July activities. Check out local calendars for concerts, farmers' markets, and family-friendly festivities.

Lake Norman offers something for everyone, making it the perfect destination for a fun-filled day or weekend trip with loved ones.

Discover #10 Lake Jocassee

Discover #9 Lake Nantahala

Mountains-to-Sea Trail in NC mountains

The Mountain-to-Sea Trail comprises 18 segments, so you can complete it in phases.

Hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is a captivating 1,175-mile route that stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, offering an unparalleled adventure through North Carolina’s diverse landscapes. This trail showcases the state's natural beauty, cultural heritage, and historic landmarks.

There are various ways to experience the MST, catering to different levels of adventure. For those seeking a long-distance challenge, thru-hiking the entire trail is a rewarding endeavor, taking several months to complete. Section hiking is a popular option, allowing hikers to tackle the trail in smaller, more manageable segments. Day hikes are perfect for those looking to explore specific sections of the MST without committing to a long trek.

Must-see sites along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail include:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Begin your journey amidst lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic mountain views. Clingmans Dome offers breathtaking vistas. Learn More
  • Blue Ridge Parkway: Known for its scenic beauty, this section provides stunning overlooks, vibrant fall foliage, and access to iconic spots like Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Learn More
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area: Near Raleigh, this area is perfect for lakeside hiking and enjoying water activities. Learn More
  • Outer Banks: Conclude your journey with pristine beaches, lighthouses, and the famous Wright Brothers National Memorial. Learn More

The MST invites hikers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of North Carolina’s landscapes, offering an unforgettable adventure from the mountains to the sea.

Peaches on display at the SC Peach Fest

Here's the Juice on the 2024 SC Peach Festival

Mark your calendars for the 2024 SC Peach Festival, happening from July 11-20 in Gaffney, South Carolina. This beloved annual event celebrates the region's rich peach-growing heritage with a delightful array of activities and events for all ages.

Festival highlights include:

  • Peach Parade: Join the festive parade featuring floats, marching bands, and local performers as it winds through downtown Gaffney.
  • Peach Pageant: Cheer on contestants vying for the coveted titles of Peach Queen and Little Miss Peach.
  • Live entertainment: Enjoy a variety of musical performances, including local bands and headlining acts, offering something for every musical taste.
  • Peach cook-off: Savor the flavors of the South with a peach cook-off showcasing delicious peach-inspired desserts and dishes prepared by talented local chefs.
  • Carnival rides and games: Bring the whole family for fun-filled carnival rides, games, and attractions.
  • Art & craft vendors: Browse a vibrant marketplace featuring handmade crafts, unique gifts, and local artwork.

South Carolina is the second-largest peach producer in the United States, right after California. The state produces over 200 million pounds of peaches annually, contributing significantly to the local economy. Known as the “Peach Capital of the World,” Gaffney is home to the iconic Peachoid, a giant water tower shaped like a peach.

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