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Fireworks displays happening rain or shine

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Fireworks celebration from the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in 2014. (courtesy - Patriots Point) Fireworks celebration from the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in 2014. (courtesy - Patriots Point)

News 2 spoke with several Lowcountry fireworks locations Thursday. While some admit Hurricane Arthur brought winds and rain that made for a difficult set-up, all fireworks displays appear to be going on as planned.

"This has been a special year, with Hurricane Arthur off our coast," Chris Hauff at Patriots Point said. "We've got a really great crew that works really hard to get everything in place that we need. We got a barge brought in with the fireworks on it and that was challenging, but we did a really good job in positioning it in a place."

Here is a list of locations in and around the Lowcountry, offering fireworks celebrations Friday July 4th:

North Charleston - Starting at 3pm at Riverfront Park, a celebration of the nation will begin. Admission is free, remember to bring chairs or a blanket. The fireworks begin after 9pm. The display lasts 30 minutes and there will be music played by the Charleston Pops.

Patriot's Point - Parking is $10, they recommend arriving early, admission is free. Tickets to watch from the flight deck are sold out and no refunds will be offered in the event of bad weather.

Isle of Palms - Fireworks on the Beach begin at 9:15 and are free and open to the public. Parking might be a hassle if you don't show up early, IOP encourages viewers to enjoy the beach before the fireworks.

Sullivan's Island -  The celebrations last all evening at Sullivan's Island, with dancing and music in Stith Park from 5pm to 9pm and then free fireworks at dusk.

Folly Beach - Make sure to arrive well before the start time (from 8pm to 9pm). The beach is free and they say the earlier fireworks are good for families with small children.

Downtown Charleston - RiverDogs -  host the Rome Braves at 6:35 pm at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. This is also the only fireworks display that will take place in downtown Charleston on the Fourth of July. Charleston will wear its "Stars & Stripes" caps. The Gates open at 5pm.

Kiawah Island - From 11am to 8pm at Loggerhead bar and grill, there will be a "Day Celebrating America" event with food for all and sunshine fun (note that the pool is only for guests staying on Kiawah). Beginning at 8:30 pm and going to 11pm, Heron Park has a free fireworks show.

Summerville - D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) is hosting "Red, White and Blue on the Green" from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Gahagan park. For $3 (or $2 if you are military) you can play unlimited games, listen to music from Starling live, and enjoy food from a variety of vendors but the event itself is free. Events include a costume contest and non-motorized parade. Capped off by a fireworks display.

Goose Creek - The "Fabulous Fourth in the Creek" Festival is turning 25 this year and everyone is invited! The festival is free but, due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to come early or carpool. There will be no alcohol or tailgating allowed. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm behind City Hall.

Hanahan - Events begin at 7pm at the Berkeley Alternative school with a parade. From 8pm to 11pm, there will be street dancing at the Moncks Corner Train Depot and the night will be ended with a bright fireworks spectacular.

Georgetown - Starting at 7pm, the Kaminski House Museum will showcase the Indigo Choral Society. You can picnic on the green and enjoy some free music. Fireworks will follow.

Remember to exercise caution if you plan to shoot off fireworks on your own.

-Fireworks Safety Tips-

The dry condition across South Carolina make fireworks a risk proposition, but personal injury occurs more frequently than fires from 4th of July Fireworks.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following fireworks safety tips:

1.Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

2.Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

3.Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

4.Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

5.Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

6.Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

7.Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

8.Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

9.Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

10.After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

11.Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

 Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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