Today we celebrate our country's birthday, and there plenty of awesome events happening across the SouthCoast in recognition of Independence Day.

Here's our list of Five Things to Do for the Fourth:

1. FIREWORKS DOUBLE FEATURE
If you're fireworks fan, why not double your pleasure? The Onset (Wareham) fireworks go off at 8:45 p.m., followed by the Marion display at 9 p.m. If you're industrious enough to find a good spot between Onset Beach and Silvershell Beach, you should be able to see both pretty clearly, one right after the other. I could tell you some secret spots, but the other Wareham residents would have my head.

2. FORT TABER FUN DAY
Spend the day at Fort Rodman/Fort Taber State Park. You can picnic, fly a kite, visit the playground, grab some ice cream, ride your bike, rollerblade, explore the batteries and take a walk along the pier. But don't forget to visit the Military Museum and pay homage to the men and women who fought for us to have the freedom we celebrate each July 4.Plus once the park closes at dusk, you can make your way downtown for the 9 p.m. fireworks.

3. NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
The Festival will take place today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at both the Whaling National Historic Park and the Zeiterion Theater. Children under 12 are free, and adults are just $20 per day or $25 for the weekend. More information is available on their website.

4. FORT PHOENIX CANNON FIRE
Beginning at 10 a.m. today, there will be a full day of events at the Fairhaven fort, including the raising of "The Big Flag" at Fairhaven High and a classic car cruise to the fort. There will also performances by the Showstoppers, but the real featured event is the firing of the fort's five cannons.

5. WAREHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANTIQUE FAIR
You never know what gems you could find at the 39th annual Antique and Craft Fair. At the very least, you get a hands-on tour of true Americana as you wander about the tables and check out all the wares. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Old Methodist Meetinghouse, as well as the Fearing Tavern, which was originally built in 1690. Bonus--it's haunted as well as historic!

There are just five ways to make the most out of the Fourth...and prove the survey wrong that says Massachusetts isn't very patriotic!