Independence Day 2014 is upon us, and there's plenty to do around Charlotte to celebrate. The listing of Charlotte events is still growing, but we've got museums, fireworks, and more. Listings are included for huge, city-wide events and smaller community festivals. If you know of a 4th of July Event in the Charlotte area that should be included, e-mail me at email@example.com. This list is still being updated with events for all the towns that surround Charlotte. What you'll find so far is just the largest celebrations. There's PLENTY more to come!
What's Open and What's Closed on Independence Day
Also, if you're celebrating with your own fireworks, make sure you don't run afoul of any local laws. Fireworks laws are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum from North Carolina and South Carolina. NC allows very little while SC restricts very little. Find out exactly what's legal in both states here:
North Carolina fireworks laws
South Carolina fireworks laws
Thursday, July 3
U.S. National Whitewater Coca-Cola Fourth of July Festival
The USNWC 4th of July Festival features two consecutive days of free live music and fireworks. The celebration takes place Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4. Rock your red, white and blue at the USNWC with the Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival, a two-day celebration taking place on July 3rd and July 4th. Both days will feature live music, as well as fireworks over our man-made whitewater river. I can personally say that this is one of the best shows I've seen. The fireworks are pretty close (but obviously, still very safe). It does get crowded here, so come early and enjoy the atmosphere.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Park at Southpark
July 3, 2014
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops series runs all summer long, but the July 4th weekend is always a highlight. There will, of course, be a "Celebrate America" theme to the concerts. ($10 for adults, under 18 are free). Fireworks will cap off the night.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
4 p.m. to 10:30pm. Live music, and then fireworks at 10pm.
Friday, July 4
Red, White & Belmont
Live music, festivals, fireworks and more. Taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Novant Health July 4th Spectacular
Baseball, fireworks and fun come together for SkyShow! Come early for the pre-game festivities at the SkyShow Street Party including live music, food, drinks, inflatables, kid crafts, a rock wall, ferris wheel, games, prizes and more! Ballpark gates open at 6 p.m. This is Charlotte's "official" celebration that was formerly held at Memorial Stadium. It actually won't be as large as previous years, and your usual viewing spot won't work. Head to Romare Bearden Park or any area adjacent to the stadium.
Lake Wylie, S.C.
3990 Charlotte Highway
Lake Wylie, SC
Lake Wylie provides a very large annual display, and it's an annual tradition for many. The best viewing is from the area around the Buster Boyd Bridge that crosses over the lake. There's the boat landing and several restaurants, all of which will provide excellent viewing.
Indian Trail 4th of July Festival
Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators ballpark
All-American Community Celebration at 6 p.m. (there is no Intimidators game)
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Festival includes bike decorating, face painting, balloon creations, bounce houses, a community arts project, bike rodeo, parade, and a water fight.
Waxhaw 4th of July Festival
Includes a parade in historic downtown at 10 a.m., and a beach party from 4:30to 8:30 with food, live music, and fireworks.
Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration
Festival begins with a parade at 9 a.m. and includes swimming, fish fry, live music, and fireworks.
Plaza Midwood 4th of July Pig Pickin
Begins at 4pm July 4th. Includes BBQ, beer, live music, and fireworks.
Banner Elk: Party in the Park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; parade, 11 a.m., Main Street.
Blowing Rock – Tweetsie Railroad: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Boone: Parade, 11 a.m., downtown; festival, 7-9:30 p.m.., Clawson-Burney Park; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Casar: Festival and car show, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Casar Park; fireworks, 10 p.m.
Carowinds: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Coulwood: Parade, 9 a.m., from Coulwood Middle School to Paw Creek Elementary School; festival, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hickory Grove: Parade, 10:30 a.m., on Hickory Grove Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard; festival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.
Cornelius – Peninsula: 9:30 p.m., at Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive.
Dallas: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Cloninger Park, Oakland and Church streets.
Davidson: People’s Parade, 5:30 p.m.; Concert on the Green, 6 p.m.
Faith: Faith Fourth Celebration; parade, 10 a.m.; festival, noon-11 p.m.; fireworks, 10:30 p.m.
Fort Mill: Music and firing of the cannon, 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church.
Gastonia: Red, White and Southern Festival, downtown; festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.
Hamlet: Festival, 6-10 p.m., on Main Street; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Harrisburg: 17th annual July 4th Celebration; parade, 9:30 a.m., on N.C. 49; festival, 4-11:30 p.m., at Harrisburg Park, fireworks, 10 p.m. Shuttle buses operating from Hickory Ridge High, Covenant Church, Harrisburg Town Center and Harrisburg Lions Club.
Hickory: Fireworks after Hickory Crawdads’ 7 p.m. game against SAvannah Sand Gnats, L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd. N.W.
Kings Mountain: Revolutionary Fourth; festival and war encampment, 2-10 p.m.; cannon firing and pipe band, 9 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Activities at Rick Murphey Children’s Park, N.C . 161.
Lattimore: Parade, 9 a.m.
Lenoir: Festival, 5-10 p.m., Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry Street S.W.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Lincolnton: People’s Parade, 8:30 p.m., East Main and Cedar streets; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Matthews: 5 p.m., People’s Parade in downtown; festival and concert, 5:30-9 p.m., Stumptown Park.
McConnells (S.C.) – Historic Brattonsville: Games, re-enactments, food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monroe: Concert, 7-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. At Belk Tonawanda Park.
Mooresboro: Festival, 6-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Mooresville: The Point: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. over Lake Norman.
Morganton: Festival, 2-10 p.m., at Catawba Meadows Park; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Moss Lake: Parade on the lake, 2 p.m.
Oakboro: 56th annual 4th of July Festival, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; parade, 9 a.m.; fireworks, 11:30 p.m.
Rutherfordton: Festival and Soap Box Derby, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; People’s Parade, 10 a.m.
Valdese: Festival, 7-9 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Unionville: Festival, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m.
Wadesboro: Festival, 6:30-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.