A dazzling fireworks display is scheduled to ring in 2022 during the ‘Famously Hot New Years’ celebration in downtown Columbia Friday evening, December 31.
With the annual show expected to draw large crowds into the capital, the Columbia-Richland Fire Department wants to alert guests to avoid certain streets south of the State House.
Specifically, South Main Street between Pendleton Street and Devine Street will be off limits as the fireworks will be set off from this area. Parking will not be allowed in lots located off of South Main Street near Pendleton and College streets on Friday evening.
For optimal viewing of the fireworks all guests are encouraged to go to the north side of the State House and watch along Gervais Street and north along Main Street. Areas east of the State House past Sumter Street will also be good for viewing the show.
Several roads to the south of the State House will be closed to traffic ahead of the fireworks display.
- South Main Street between Pendleton and College streets will be shut down at 8 a.m. on December 31. This stretch of South Main will not reopen to traffic until 2 a.m. on January 1.
- Pendleton Street and College Street will both close to traffic between Assembly Street and Sumter Street beginning at 11:30 p.m. They will not reopen to traffic until 12:30 a.m.
- For the safety of spectators, parking lots in the area of South Main Street near Pendleton and College streets will not be open for public access.
‘Famously Hot New Year’ will be a great opportunity for citizens to safely view a professional fireworks display and avoid the use of consumer fireworks.
If you plan to use consumer fireworks during the New Year Holiday use EXTREME CAUTION. There is a greater risk of starting a fire or suffering a major injury if fireworks are used improperly.
- Always read and follow directions on each firework.
- Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
- Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
- Wear protective eye glasses and gloves.
- Never hold a lit firework item in your hand.
- Adults should always handle fireworks and not children.
The Columbia-Richland Fire Department wishes everyone a very safe and happy new year!