You can enjoy southern ambiance and lively patriotism when you observe Independence Day in the historic port city of Savannah. This antebellum town preserves the refined elegance of the Old South better than any other city. Savannah hosts one of the most well-known July 4th celebrations in the country.
Residents and visitors can enjoy a day at Old Fort Jackson. You can explore life during the Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Guests can imagine being a soldier while wearing uniforms, working on an artillery crew and watching historical reenactments. The garrison fires cannon and musket volleys to salute the nation on its birthday.
Tricentennial Park commemorates the holiday by reading the Declaration of Independence and recounting the story of the 1779 Battle of Savannah.
Another popular event in Savannah takes place in the epicenter of the historic waterfront neighborhood. Celebrants gather on Rousakis Plaza near River Street in the late afternoon for the fireworks and festivities. The graceful architecture, lush 18th century gardens and cobblestone roadways are the perfect backdrop for a picnic. Patrons can enjoy a variety of live performances, ice cream and cool drinks as they relax beneath umbrellas awaiting the main event. As the summer sun sets and the day turns to evening, it is the signal that the fireworks spectacular is about to begin. The display is choreographed to specially selected music. Starting at 9:20 p.m., pyrotechnics paint the sky a vibrant array of colors that reflect off the Savannah River.