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Historic Happy Hour at Historic Columbia

Water balloon battle

Water balloon battle

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat in Columbia? Join Historic Columbia for its fifth annual Historic Water Balloon Battle from 5:30– 7 p.m. Friday, August 16 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens.

Participants will break into two military teams, and use more than 3,600 water balloons to recreate epic battles in history. Focusing on the evolution of military strategies, teams will learn and incorporate tactics from three different time periods— ranging from rigid formations in the Revolutionary War, to trench warfare in World War I, to guerrilla warfare in later conflicts.

“This is one of our most exciting events and offers a creative look at the history of military tactics,” said James Quint, Historic Columbia’s director of education. “Competing in the Water Balloon Battle will give you the chance to feel like a kid again. Plus, you’ll have so much fun that you won’t even realize you’re learning about history along the way.”



Before and during the battles, relax with beer, wine, and light refreshments.

The Water Balloon Battle is part of Historic Columbia’s quarterly Happy Hour series and will take place at the Robert Mills House & Gardens located at 1616 Blanding Street in Columbia.

Admission is $20 for Historic Columbia members and $ 25 for nonmembers.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

To purchase tickets, visit, call 803-252-1770 ext. 23 or email

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