Charlotte 4th of July Fireworks and Events
Celebrate the fourth of July with these red, white and blue events around town!
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Celebrate Independence Day with a boom. From 5k's to parades and festivals, there's something for every family to enjoy this fourth of July.
Gaston All American Festival | Gastonia
The City of Gastonia Fourth of July festival is now the Gaston All American Fair and includes more rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, music, entertainment, and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 23. Free. See website for schedule of events. Eastridge Mall, 246 N. New Hope Road, Gastonia.
Symphony in the Park 2018 | Cornelius
See The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra perform at Bailey Road Park. Rockie Lynne opens with a number of patriotic songs. The concert concludes with a fireworks display (weather permitting). Be sure to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic basket. Free. 6-10 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius.
Fireworks and Music Spectacular | Denver
Country music star Mark Chestnutt performs followed by a huge fireworks display. Free. 4-11 p.m. East Lincoln High School, 6471 NC Highway 73, Denver.
Pack a picnic, blankets and chairs for Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops Celebrate America! With Fireworks. The concert features patriotic songs, followed by a dynamic fireworks display. $5-$15; children 12 and under admitted free. 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.
Summer Celebration | Mooresville
Enjoy local entertainment and food, kid-friendly activities and spectacular fireworks. Bring a blanket and chairs, and arrive early. Free. 4-10 p.m. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville.
Red, White and BOOM | Rock Hill, S.C.
Celebrate Independence Day with inflatables, rides, live music, food trucks, an ice-cream eating contest and fireworks. Free. 5-11 p.m. Downtown Rock Hill, 150 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C.
Family Fun Night: Queen City Brass Band | Mint Hill
An annual Mint Hill tradition that features Charlotte’s Queen City Brass Band. The event includes a bounce house, face painting, food and family games (no fireworks). Free. 6:30 p.m. Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill.
Star Spangled Spectacular | American Legion Memorial Stadium, Charlotte
A free community celebration with the return of high-altitude, city-wide fireworks to kick off the city's year of festivities around its 250th anniversary. Expect lots of family-friendly activities beginning at 6 p.m., and food will be available to purchase. Fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:20 p.m. Seating is available on both the lawn and in half of the stadium, though guests are encouraged to bring blankets (no lawn chairs).
The show will be synched to a music track exclusively heard at 102.9 FM, The Lake. Some streets around Central Piedmont Community College will close at 8 p.m. to accommodate the fallout zone from fireworks, so expect traffic delays in that area. Streets will reopen immediately following the show. Free. Activities begin at 6 p.m. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive.
Run (or walk) 2 miles and rock out to a live band after the race while enjoying tasty bites from favorite food trucks. The kids-for-fun race begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Rocket Run at 7:30 p.m. $30 on race day. 7 p.m. MillBridge, 1401 MillBridge Pkwy., Waxhaw.
USNWC Fourth of July Celebration | Charlotte
U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Fourth of July Celebration is a two-day festival that features outdoor adventure, yoga, live music and spectacular fireworks displays. Musical performances take place each evening, followed by fireworks. $6 parking fee. 3-9:30 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. usnwc.org.
Harrisburg July 4th Celebration | Harrisburg
This two-day festival honors men and women in the military and their families with a parade, crafts, amusements, entertainment and fireworks. Come out early for the parade on Highway 49, July 4 at 9 a.m. Free. See website for full event schedule. July 3, 4-10 p.m; July 4, 4-11 p.m. Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg.
4th of July Firecracker Run | Village of Lake Park
Run to raise money to feed local families. Races include a Firecracker Dash for kids, 1K, 5K and 10K. Dress your most patriotic for the “most festively dressed” contest. A community festival, picnic and old-fashioned races follow, which include a wheel-barrel race, three-legged race and egg races. $10-40. 7:30 a.m. Village of Lake Park in Union County, 1010 Creft Circle, Lake Park.
American 4-Miler | Charlotte
Kick off Independence Day with a 4-mile race and 1-mile kids’ run. No race-day registration. $5-$35. 7:30 a.m.; kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte.
Indian Trail July 4th Parade | Indian Trail
It’s a day of festivities beginning with a parade at 9:30 a.m. Free. 9:30 a.m.-1:30.p.m. Downtown Indian Trail.
July 4th Festival | Tega Cay, S.C.
The day kicks off with the annual Land Parade, followed by the canoe joust and boat parade, and Carolina Ski Show Team performance. Enjoy activities at the Splish-N-Splash Summer Bash at the Pavilion at the Golf Club. A fireworks finale caps off the day. Free. Windjammer Park, 8999 Windjammer Drive, Tega Cay, S.C.
4th of July Celebration at Birkdale Village | Huntersville
Enjoy bike decorating, face painting, bounce houses, a bike rodeo and fire department water fight. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.
Independence Day at Hightower Hall | Brattonsville, S.C.
Brattonsville’s 1850’s Independence Day Celebration includes historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, and 19th-century toys and games. $5-$8; children 3 and younger admitted free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, S.C.
Independence Day Celebration | Waxhaw
Tet “A Taste of Small Town America” in Waxhaw. Festivities begin with a hometown parade in historic downtown. When the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw.
Revolutionary 4th | Kings Mountain
The City of Kings Mountain pulls out all the stops for its epic fireworks display at the Revolutionary Fourth celebration. Festivities are complete with a live band, food vendors and a scene performed from “Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama about the Battle of Kings Mountain,” written by Bob Inman. Free. Begins at 5 p.m. Deal Park Walking Track, 211 Cleveland Ave., Kings Mountain.
Fun Family 4th of July | Matthews
Decorate bikes, scooters and wagons for an old-fashioned Independence Day parade. The People’s Parade, strolls from Matthews Station Street to Stumptown Park. Decorate bikes at 5 p.m. at Town Hall Green. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert by The Entertainers in the park at 7 p.m.. Free. 5-9 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.
4th of July in Davidson | Davidson
Dress in patriotic attire and decorate bikes, scooters and wagons for the Small Town Patriotic March from McKever Field to the Town Green. Then attend a free concert featuring Radiojacks at 6 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Davidson’s Village on the Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson.
Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot + Fireworks | Belmont
A night filled with live music by Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot, plus dancing, family fun and fireworks. Free. 6-10 p.m. Stowe Park, 24 S. Main Street, Belmont.
Baseball and Independence Day combine for a fun festival that includes bounce houses, vendors and live music at the SkyShow Street Party in the afternoon followed by baseball and fireworks. The Charlotte Knights take on the Durham Bulls at 6 p.m. Game tickets start at $12. The street party begins takes place from 2-10 p.m. and is free. Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Independence Day Celebration | Kannapolis
The Kannapolis Intimidators take on the Hickory Crawdads, followed by a post-game fireworks show. The Intimidators are saving their biggest and best fireworks show of the season for this event to honor the USA. Tickets start at $7. 7 p.m. Intimidators Stadium, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis.
Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotate Parent and enjoys exploring the city with her two sons.
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