Upstate event honors heroes with music, fireworks


Featuring Darryl Worley

Anderson County is joining Greenville and Spartanburg counties,the City of Simpsonville, The Greenville Drive, Greenville Hospital System, Upstate Warrior Solution and TRZ Management for special July 4th Celebration honoring heroes with music and fireworks in Simpsonville.

The event will be held at Heritage Park Amphitheater in Simpsonville and will feature singer Darryl Worley and Aerials with Special Forces Association Parachute Team and Vintage War Birds Flyover. Gates open at 5 pm with events starting at 5:45 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm featuring a concert by singer Darryl Worley. The evening will end with fireworks.

Admission is FREE for Military and their families as well as First Responders! Regular Admission is only $20 per car load.

Tickets are on sale at or may be purchased at the gate.

Also items being donated for Soldier Care Box Collection are being accepted at the concert and fireworks event and other locations listed below this week.

The Greenville Drive Game on July 5th will be the final Drop-Off.

Donated items will be packed and shipped to the brave soldiers who are serving in harm’s way overseas.

Soldier Care Suggested items include:

Deodorant (not gel), shaving cream (yes, gel), disposable razors (twin or triple blades), shampoo (not with conditioner), tooth paste, body soap, hand wipes (pocket size), body powder (sample size – for feet), hand sanitizer, hand lotion, sun block, Pre-paid phone cards, Batteries (AA & AAA), playing cards, word puzzle books, yo-yos, Frisbees, paperback books (westerns, mysteries, suspense – in good condition), dominoes, checkers, Yahtzee, other board games, footballs, hand-held games, air fresheners, Ziploc bags (gallon- to protect socks on field missions), Nerf balls, Kool-Aid singles/sugar free (for bottled water), beef jerky, Pop Tarts, Rice Krispie treats, sunflower seeds, peanuts, chewing gum, cereal bars/granola bars, energy bars, hard candy, Skittles and/or Whoppers candy, instant soup in a cup, instant oatmeal, fruit cups, Pringles or any canned chips, store bought cookies (Oreos, Moon Pies), hot chocolate, coffee singles, and individual blue sugar packets.

On July 2, bins will be collected and prepared for shipment. Collection totals will be announced during the “Honoring Our Heroes” concert by Darryl Worley. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring items to the July 4th concert.

Greenville Drive enthusiasts are invited to bring items to the July 5th Military Appreciation Game.

Anderson County library system locations are accepting donations through the end of the week. They include:

Anderson Main Library, 300 N. McDuffie StAnderson, South Carolina; Westside Community Library Branch Center, 1100 West Franklin St. Anderson; Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, 305 Camson Road; Anderson University Abney Athletic Center(during Boys State) 316 Boulevard, Anderson.

Also Belton Branch Library, 91 Breazeale Street; Jennie Erwin Branch Library, 318 N. Shirley AveHonea Path; Iva Branch Library, 203 W. Cruette St. Iva; Pendleton Branch Library, 650 S. Mechanic St. Pendleton.

Also Piedmont Branch Library, 1407 Hwy. 86Piedmont; Powdersville Branch Library, 4 Civic Court, Easley; Lander Memorial Branch Library, 925 Greenville Drive, Williamston; Holiday Inn, 3509 Clemson Blvd., Anderson.