We know you're buying fireworks, picking the juiciest watermelon, and gearing up your grills for barbecue - it's almost time for the Fourth of July in Augusta. Need plans, great recipes, or suggestions for watching fireworks for a star spangled good time? We have you covered. 

That adorable golden is on Instagram, so give him a follow, we hear you saying "aweee." 

Photo credit: @annieandbrissa_thegoldens

All American Cutie Pie

If you are in the mood for a homemade apple pie, but don’t want to make it, check out The Pie Hole. Just make sure to arrive or call early, they sell out faster than you can say yankee-doodle, do! (@thepiehole_eattrue)

Planning to make a red, white, and blue dessert? Be sure to check out Blue House Farm where you can pick your own fresh blueberries straight from the vine. They will be sure to win over the “fam” with that sweet taste (@bluehousefarmgeorgia). 

Freedom & Fireworks

Wanting a little excitement? Columbia County will be hosting their 20th Annual BOOM! in the Park from 6 to 10 PM on Saturday, July 4th at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The show will be drive-in style at the fairgrounds.

If you prefer an at-home show, check out these locally owned firework shops to ensure a lit-up sky: Rodney’s Rockets (@rodneysrocketsnorthaugusta), Jake’s Fireworks (@jakesfireworksaugusta) and Wacky Wayne’s (@wackywaynes). 

Red, White, & Booze

Both of Augusta’s local breweries, Savannah River Brewing Co. and Riverwatch Brewing Co. have ice cold beer to make your Independence Day much cooler. Not sure which to visit? Stop by both, we won’t tell. 

Second City Distilling Co. has a wide variety of liquors to accommodate your cocktail at home, so keep your GIN up - Second City will not disappoint. 

Three Little Letters: BBQ 

There's no Fourth of July without the smell of a grill gearing up to make barbecue ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and chicken. From sauces to drink mixes, we have the party list to get you started. 

Start your weekend off with a little shopping - be sure to grab a local Bloody Mary mix from Durty Gurl while you snag a few spices & rubs from Rec Tec Grills for all your mouth-watering weekend recipes. 

Want to leave your backyard & go out? Southbound Smokehouse offers tasty BBQ and ice cold beer for your perfect holiday weekend or swing by The Indian Queen for a custom watermelon cocktail. 

Be sure to use the #loveaugusta when posting photos of your 4th fun!