Fort Mill celebrates Independence Day with music, food and cannons

The City of Fort Mill celebrates its 248thth Birthday on Wednesday and Thursday with food, fireworks and fun at their Independence Day celebration.

This free event will be held on Wednesday (July 3) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Fort Mill Amphitheater and Walter Elisha Park, 345 N. White St. The celebration will feature music, food trucks, vendors, walking entertainment and children's activities. Piedmont Medical Center-Fort Mill will also host a craft tent for children.

The evening begins with our “Most Patriotic Night Contest,” where participants can win prizes by showing off their best red, white and blue outfit.

On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., classic rock and variety band Rivermist will take the stage, followed by a special ceremony at 7:30 p.m. with patriotic music and guests including the Fort Mill City Council and local dignitaries. The final act, the Blackwater Band, will take the stage at 8 p.m., playing their selection of top 40, blues, funk and country music.

Residents can enjoy music and champagne from Stateline Productions in the food court among 27 food vendors. They can also visit and shop at 30 vendors at the event. The evening will end with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

On Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m., citizens are invited to the 52nd.and annual cannon firing on Main Street. The town will hold a special patriotic ceremony to commemorate the occasion, followed by the firing of the cannons by the resident gunners, the Short family. This will be their 51st annual cannon Year in which this historic event took place.

Because of the shooting, several downtown streets will be closed between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday, including sections of the following streets: White Street, Main Street, Confederate Street and N. White Street.