Charleston's Magnolia Plantation marks July 4th

(Photo: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens)
(Photo: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens)

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - - A Charleston plantation founded 100 years before the United States was born plans to celebrate Independence Day highlighting how the plantation has grown along with the nation.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will open at 8 a.m. Monday and offer history lessons along with free snow cones, popcorn and watermelon to celebrate America's birthday.

Next door to the plantation is Drayton Hall. The home is one of South Carolina's delegates to the Continental Congress, William Henry Drayton.

Drayton suggested that Independence Day should be celebrated with fireworks. While Magnolia Planation points out Drayton's contribution to a patriotic tradition, it can't set off fireworks because of safety concerns.

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