Experience the Inaugural 803 Day: A Celebration that Brings the Midlands Together for Food, Fun and Fellowship

Activities include: a 5K Run/Walk, FREE festival, citywide scavenger hunt, group photo op, & $8.03 specials

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(Columbia, SC) – Mark your calendars! The inaugural 803 Day celebration will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2024, and will include a host of activities in the Midlands area This exciting day promises to unite our community in a day of joy, pride, and camaraderie as we come together to explore the city, enjoy live entertainment, and patronize local businesses.

803 Day is a play on our area code, recognized synonymously with the 8/03 date. As part of the inaugural festivities, local businesses, organizations, residents, and visitors are invited to participate in an array of exciting activities and promotions throughout the day. Here is what you can expect at this year’s celebration:

803 Day 5K Run/Walk (8AM): Lace up your running shoes and join us for a scenic 5K run/walk through the heart of Forest Acres. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for some fun and exercise, this event is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cola Rose Shower, a nonprofit that celebrates women and promotes awareness to feminine care issues that plague women in the Greater Columbia area. Early bird registration is $30.00. Register HERE.

803 Photo Op at the SC State House (11AM): Capture memories that will last a lifetime with a special photo opportunity at the iconic South Carolina State House. Pose for a group picture at this historic landmark and commemorate your 803 Day experience with others. Gather in front of the State House steps at 11 AM.

Free 803 Day Festival (12NOON – 5PM): Experience the beauty of the historic Robert Mills House & Gardens as we host a free festival featuring live music, interactive art installations, food trucks and vendors, exhibitors, and family-friendly activities. VIP Tent access is available for $50.00 per person and includes a covered tent area with tables & chairs, early celebration entry at 11:30AM, cooling fan access, and private refreshments area for purchase. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day outdoors with friends and family. Register HERE.

Citywide Scavenger Hunt: Put your sleuthing skills to the test with a citywide scavenger hunt that will take you on a journey through the Midlands. Solve clues, uncover hidden gems, and compete for exciting prizes as you explore the community. Scavenger hunt will be provided by the Soda City Certified app. Participants must download the free app and enter pin codes to receive points.

$8.03 Specials: Small businesses are encouraged to have an $8.03 special promotion for the day. Restaurants, bakeries & coffee shops, retail, barber shops, etc. are encouraged to participate.

“We are excited to introduce the inaugural celebration of 803 Day and bring together the entire community for a day of Soda City love,” said Khali Gallman, event organizer. “803 Day is more than an event. It’s an opportunity to embrace the heart of our great state. The day symbolizes unity, pride, and a vibrant spirit of the area. We encourage everyone to participate in one or more of the activities as a patron, volunteer, partner, or sponsor.”

Registration is now open for all activities. Visit www.803day.org for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $25.00 to $25,000.00. In-kind donations are also accepted. Email hello@803day.org or call 803.922.5310 for more information. Follow @803DaySC on Facebook/Instagram for the latest updates.

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