Kick Off the Total Eclipse Weekend at Historic Columbia’s Third Annual Water Balloon Battle on Aug. 18

Stay cool and have fun recreating historic military battles with more 1,700 water balloons

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, August 7, 2017— Looking for a fun way to beat the heat in Columbia? Kick off the Total Eclipse Weekend at Historic Columbia’s third annual Historic Water Balloon Battle from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens.

Participants will break into two teams and use more than 1,700 water balloons to recreate epic battles throughout 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 guerilla warfare in the Vietnam and Korean conflicts.

“This adult water balloon battle brings history to life in a fun and exciting way,” says Historic Columbia’s director of education James Quint. “This is the perfect event for folks looking for a way to cool down and for out-of-town guests looking for a unique event during the Total Eclipse Weekend.”

Before and after the battles, guests can 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 $15 for Historic Columbia members and $20 for non-members. 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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About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube for more details.