Happy 237th birthday, USA!

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

And as we’re a country that loves to celebrate, what better way to do it than with multiple parties.

A day of festivals, concerts and fireworks, Fourth of July is all about having a good time (safely, of course).

We’ve done the legwork for you in rounding up a comprehensive list of what’s going on in the area this weekend. Now you just have to make the hard decision of which event you’ll attend.

4th of July Festival

What: The city of North Charleston will again host a family-friendly (that means no alcohol is allowed) July Fourth celebration featuring live music and more. This year’s musical lineup includes Island Trio, the Calvin Taylor Band, Plane Jane and the Blue Dogs with Skylar Laine. In addition to the performances, other activities such as inflatable jump castles, games, a play area, the giant sandbox and the water fountain will be held throughout the day. Concessions will be available. The event will close with a fireworks display at dark, coordinated with live music from the North Charleston Pops. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets, as there is no seating provided.

When: 3-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave.

Price: Free

More info: www.northcharleston.org/visitors/events/4thofJuly.aspx

Fourth of July Blast

What: For the second year, the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is opening up the flight deck on the aircraft carrier Yorktown to offer people a “front row seat” to the fireworks display over the Cooper River. Attendees will have access to catered food, will be able to purchase beverages, enjoy live musical performances and have kid’s participate in special activities throughout the evening. The fireworks, shot from a barge in the Cooper River, will begin after the sun sets. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs; no coolers or personal food will be permitted. Another option is watching the show from the landside of the museum, which is free.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $20, $10 for children 11 and under; parking at Patriots Point is $10 per vehicle

More info: 884-2727 or www.patriotspoint.org/July4th

Freedom Rocks

What: Boone Hall Plantation and 101.7 Chuck FM have teamed up to present Freedom Rocks, featuring rocker Eddie Money and The Georgia Satellites. Kicking off the show at 7 p.m. will be The Georgia Satellites, known for the chart-topping hits “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and “Hippy Hippy Shake.” Money, who’s been delivering hits such as “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and others, will take the stage around 9 p.m. Beer, wine and other beverages, and food will be available for purchase at the event. No outside food or beverages, coolers or pets are allowed.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $30 for general admission, $39.50 for reserved seating, $295 for a reserved table seating up to eight

More info: 884-4371 or boonehallplantation.com

Fish, Fun and Fireworks

What: The Aquarium is celebrating with barbecue from Smoky Oak Taproom, beer from Holy City Brewing and nonalcoholic refreshments, a 4-D movie, hands-on activities and more. Attendees will have access to the Aquarium at night, when it’s at its most magical, and have the chance to view the fireworks shot off over Charleston Harbor from the Harbor Deck right on the water. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $55, $30 for children, kids 3 and under get in free; Aquarium members get a $5 discount

More info: 577-FISH (3474) or www.scaquarium.org

Uncle Sam Jam

What: Offering attendees a prime spot for viewing the fireworks over Charleston Harbor, the Uncle Sam Jam on Mount Pleasant Pier will feature classic oldies and beach music performed by Permanent Vacation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the pier’s Riverwatch Cafe and Gift Shop. Admission is limited and advance registration is recommended. Photo ID is required to gain entry. A registered and paid chaperone is required for ages 15 and under.

When: Thursday, gates open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Mount Pleasant Pier at Memorial Waterfront Park, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd.

Price: $10, $8 for Charleston County residents

More info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com

Fourth of Firefly

What: Firefly Distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard will host a three-day celebration with music and entertainment to celebrate Independence Day. Thursday, Firefly will launch distillery exclusive Blackberry Moonshine, and the first 100 fans receive free Fourth of Firefly merchandise. There also will be and live music by Campbell Brown of Gaslight Street and food from Stono Cafe. On Friday, take a shag lesson and dance the day away to beach music. Stono Cafe will again be grilling. On Saturday, adults can sample the brand new Blackberry Moonshine for free as Whiskey Diablo sets the mood with their prohibition style music and Jack’s Cosmic Dogs provides the food. These family-friendly events are open to four-legged fur babies, as well.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Where: Firefly Distillery, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island.

Price: Free

More info: 557-1405 or www.fireflyvodka.com

Fireworks Friday

What: Continue your holiday celebration on Friday with a special fireworks show after the Charleston Battery take on the Orlando City Lions. The Battery enters the match in fourth position in the USL PRO standings, six points behind Orlando City. Fans can enjoy $2 drafts in the Charleston Battery Beer Garden before the game while the kids can enjoy the Charleston County ParksFun Zone, featuring Human Foosball and Charleston Jump Castles. The fireworks will begin immediately after the match at approximately 9:15 p.m.

When: Friday, gates open at 6 p.m. with kick off set for 7:30 p.m.

Where: Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $10-$18

More info: charlestonbattery.com

Folly Beach Fireworks

What: Fireworks will be shot off at the 2nd Street East beach access. Staging will begin at 5 p.m., so the area will be closed off from that point on. Take advantage of the low tide expected for most of the day along the Folly coast. Of note is that Folly Beach County Park reopened Wednesday after being closed to the public for almost two years after Hurricane Irene caused serious erosion and structural damage. The park offers 200 beach-side parking spaces, lifeguards, restrooms and a snack bar.

When: 10:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Folly Beach

Price: Free; Folly Beach County Park admission is $8 per vehicle, free for CCPRC Gold Pass holders

More info: www.ccprc.com

Fourth of July at Middleton Place

What: Middleton Place will commemorate the fourth of July with special readings of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition to the readings, enjoy Revolutionary War-era fife and drum music, a display of the tools of trade for a Continental soldier, discussions on South Carolina’s contributions to the Revolution and more.

When: Thursday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: Free with paid admission ($28, $15 for students, $10 for ages 6-13, free for kids 5 and under)

More info: 556-6020 or www.middletonplace.org

July 4th Craft Brews Cruise

What: Celebrate July Fourth on the water with food from Roti Rolls, live music from Weigh Station and $3 craft beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Those on the Brews Cruise will also get a “front row view” of the fireworks over Charleston Harbor. A limited number of tickets are available.

When: Thursday, boarding begins at 8 p.m. with the cruise from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Where: Carolina Queen departing from City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive

Price: $25

More info: 722-1112 or charlestonharbortours.com

Blues & BBQ Cruise

What: Jump aboard the Carolina Belle for a casual, fun-filled evening featuring the Shrimp City Slim Band and a host of guest musicians, barbecue from Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ and sunset views of the Holy City. While aboard, you’ll get close-up sunset views of Fort Sumter, Fort Johnson, The Battery, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the aircraft carrier Yorktown and other sights.

When: Thursday

Where: Carolina Belle, 10 Wharfside St.

Price: $39.95

More info: 722-1112 or charlestonharbortours.com

4th of July Cruise

What: Enjoy an evening aboard the Palmetto Breeze, billed as “Charleston’s premier sailing catamaran.” Offering a three-hour sunset cruise with views of Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier Yorktown, The Battery and more, the cruise includes complementary bottled water and soft drinks, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available offering an assortment of beer, wine and margaritas. Those who attend will be able to catch the fireworks while on the water. All ages are welcome.

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Departs from Red’s Ice House, 98 Church St., Mount Pleasant

Price: $50

More info: 886-8133 or palmettobreeze.com

‘Red, White and Cash’

What: Celebrate Independence Day with a “rip-roaring foot stomping” musical tribute to an American legend, Johnny Cash. The tribute features hits made famous by Cash, including “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “Jackson,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Country Boy” and “Jackson,” as well as some patriotic classics such as “This Land is Your Land,” “Sea to Shining Sea” and “America the Beautiful,” among others. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served in front of the playhouse before each show. Wine and beer will be available for purchase before the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. July 5, 6, 12, 13

Where: Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.,

Price: $30, $25 for seniors, $15 for kids 12 and under

More info: 856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com or www.thevillageplayhouse.com

July Art Walk

What: The fine art galleries of Gallery Row will celebrate America’s Independence during the July Art Walk. See a new collection of hand-blown glass by Tadem Glass Studio of New England at Coco Vivo Art for Living, the “What is Broken is Stronger” showcasing the work of South Carolina artist Pamela DeWitt at Ellis-Nicholson Gallery and more.

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Gallery Row on Historic Broad Street

Price: Free

Sanctuary celebration

What: This family-friendly celebration will feature food, festive drinks, the All American Band, children’s activities and games, and a fireworks show on the beach at 9:40 p.m. No coolers are permitted. Reservations are required.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Price: $48, $24 for children

More info: 768-6253 or www.kiawahresort.com

A Day Celebrating America

What: The Loggerhead Grill will be hosting an all-day Fourth of July party featuring hair braiding, clowns, live music and more. The event will end with fireworks show on the beach at 9:40 p.m.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Loggerhead Bar & Grill at The Sanctuary, One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Price: $42, $16 for kids ages 4-12

More info: 768-6253 or www.kiawahresort.com

Young Adults Holiday Buffet

What: Jasmine Porch welcomes families of all ages with a children’s holiday buffet.

When: 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Jasmine Porch, One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Price: $15

More info: 768-6253 or www.kiawahresort.com

July 4th Party

What: Live music will be performed all day by Jamisun, Return of the MAC, Charleston Groove Factory (dance/party band) and Soul Fish.

when: 11 a.m. until Thursday

Where: Blu Restaurant and Bar, 1 Center St., Folly Beach

Price: Free

More Info: 588-6658 or www.blufollybeach.com

Independence Day Jam

What: The Folly Beach Reggae Allstars will perform “reggae, roots, dub, jam, disco” on the deck as part of the Independence Day Jam.

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island

Price: Free

More Info: 571-4343 or www.charlestonpourhouse.com

Independence Day Jam

What: Live music featuring Gaslight Street, BYOG and Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove on the main stage.

When: 9 p.m. doors July 4

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island

Price: $10

More Info: 571-4343 or www.charlestonpourhouse.com

Tin Roof celebration

What: Dante’s Camaro will perform at this July 4th celebration.

When: Thursday

Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road

Price: $5

Planet Follywood celebration

What: Jess Strickland will perform rock/reggae at this July 4th celebration featuring a cookout at 5 p.m. and Folly fireworks at 9 p.m.

When: Music starts at 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Planet Follywood, 32 Center St., Folly Beach