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4th of July 2013 in Charlotte

Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July With Fireworks, Festivities and More

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4th of July 2013 in Charlotte
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Independence Day 2013 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 free museums, fireworks, auto racing 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 charlotte@aboutguide.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

 

"Nights of Fire" at Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Nightly from July 4 to August 11, Carowinds theme park will celebrate with "Night of Fire," as the sky lights up each evening with a stunning fireworks celebration.

Red, White & Belmont
June 28 to 30, 2013
Friday: Live Concert & Fireworks
Saturday: Vendors, Carnival Rides, Tractor Display and entertainment
Sunday: Vendors, Carnival Rides, Car Show and entertainment
 

Tuesday, July 2

Jack in the Box Summer Shootout & Fireworks Extravaganza

Charlotte Motor Speedway
The speedway hosts the Summer Shootout Series during June and July. In addition to a full program of Legend Car and Bandolero racing, the Summer Shootout Series includes special attractions, such as school bus race nights and a huge Fireworks Extravaganza Night

 

 

Wednesday, July 3

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Park at Southpark
July 3, 2013
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).

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 Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, 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.

WBT Skyshow 2013
Doors open at 5 p.m.
2280 Deerfield Dr.
Fort Mill, SC 29715
704-357-8071
Called "the area's biggest and best fireworks show," tickets usually do sell out for this event every year at Knights Stadium. The fireworks display will be held after the Charlotte Knight game. Come early for the pre-game festivities including live music, food, drinks, an interactive kids area, prizes and more.

Thursday, July 4

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 Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, 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.

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.

Novant Health July 4th Spectacular
6 to 10 p.m.
310 N. Kings Drive
Usually the biggest show around, this is the "official" fireworks show of Charlotte. The city spends $50,000 on the 20 minute show, which attracts over 300,000 people to Uptown. This show was ranked the 13th best in America according to AOL Travel, and it never disappoints. There's usually plenty of live music and fun until about 9 p.m. - when the real attraction takes over. At about 9:30 p.m., one of the area's biggest and longest fireworks displays begins.

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