Charlotte 4th of July Fireworks and Events

Celebrate the fourth of July with these red, white and blue events around town!

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.


​June 14-23

Gaston All American Festival | Gastonia

The Gaston All American Fair and includes rides, live music, food, crafts, games, art, entertainment and a new spectacular fireworks show on June 22. Free. See website for schedule of events. Eastridge Mall, 246 N. New Hope Road, Gastonia.

June 22

Symphony in the Park | Cornelius

Watch a performance by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell. There will be a kids’ zone and parking shuttle service. Listen to patriotic songs and watch the fireworks display after the performance. Free. 6-10 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius.

June 27

Annual Fireworks Celebration | Mount Holly

Come for a kids’ zone, food trucks and live music from Coming up Brass and DJ, Brian Wilson. Free. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Mount Holly, S. Main St., Mount Holly.

June 29

Cramerton Independence Day Celebration | Cramerton

At 5pm., the Freedom Float Group Paddle begins, and at 6pm., enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, lawn games and a kids’ craft area. Fireworks light the sky at approximately 9:15pm. Free. 5-9:15 p.m. Cramerton Centennial Center, Cramerton.

Fireworks and Music Spectacular | Denver

Parmalee will perform prior to the largest fireworks display in the event’s history. Music starts at 5pm. Free. 4-11 p.m. East Lincoln High School, 6471 NC Highway 73, Denver.

Salute the Troops | Spencer

Come for reenactment groups, military vehicles and weapons of war. Once night falls, enjoy music, food vendors, trackless train rides and a fireworks show! Fireworks show is free and open to the public. Gates open at 7 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Regular admission applies for daytime events and entry between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. $4-$12. North Carolina Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer.

July 2

Bojangle's Summer Shootout | Concord

Charlotte Motor Speedway features one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in speedway history presented by NGK Spark Plugs, as well as a post-race driver autograph sessionBoth are free for all ticketholders to the event. $8 for adults and children under 13 get in free. Gates open at 5pm, racing begins at 7pm. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord.

July 3

Celebrate America! with Fireworks | Charlotte

Charlotte Symphony will perform patriotic favorites followed by fireworks. $5-$20; children 12 and under admitted free. 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

Charlotte Knights Baseball and Fireworks | Charlotte

The Charlotte Knights face off again the Cuban National Team in the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series and third at BB&T Ballpark. Gates open at 6 p.m. and first pitch of the game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. After the game, the Knights light up the uptown Charlotte skyline with a thrilling post-game fireworks show presented by BB&T and News Talk 1110 WBT. Purchase tickets at, by phone at 704-274-8282, or in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office. Tickets start at $9. Ages 2 and younger admitted free. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.

Charlotte Firecracker 5K | Charlotte

Run the 5K through the Olde Providence neighborhood or complete the Family Fun Run. Enjoy the post-race party at the Windyrush pool. $15-$45. 7 p.m. Olde Providence Elementary School, 3800 Rea Road.

Fort Mill Independence Day Celebration | Fort Mill

The patriotic evening includes a cookout at 6 p.m., ceremony at 8:15 p.m., firing of cannons at 8:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Downtown Fort Mill, Main Street, Fort Mill.

Gastonia Grizzlies Independence Day Game | Gastonia

Join the Grizzlies for their Independence Day fireworks extravaganza. $8-$10, children 3 and younger free. 7 p.m. Sims Park, 1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia.

Independence Day Celebration | Kannapolis

Celebrate Independence Day at the ballpark! The Kannapolis Intimidators take on the Rome Braves, followed by a post-game fireworks show. $7. 7 p.m. Intimidators Stadium, 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis.

Red, White and BOOM | Rock Hill

Celebrate Independence Day with inflatables, rides, live music, food trucks, an ice-cream eating contest and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Free. 5:30 p.m. Downtown Rock Hill, 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill.

Summer Celebration | Mooresville

Enjoy local entertainment, food, kid-friendly activities and spectacular fireworks. Bring a blanket and chairs, and arrive early. Free. 6-10 p.m. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville.

July 3-4

Harrisburg July 4th Celebration | Harrisburg

This two-day festival will honor military and their families with a parade, crafts, amusements, entertainment and fireworks. See website for full event schedule. Wed., 6-10 p.m.; Thurs., 6-11 p.m. Come out early on Thursday for the parade on Highway 49 in Harrisburg, which begins at 9 a.m.Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg.

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. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

July 4

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-$45. 7:30 a.m. Village of Lake Park in Union County, 1010 Creft Circle, Lake Park.

4th of July Celebration at Birkdale Village | Huntersville

Enjoy bike decorating and parade, DJ, lawn games, face painting and a bounce house. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.

4th of July in Davidson | Davidson

Stroll along South Street to the town green for a concert. The parade will include a color guard, a fire engine and lots of patriotic residents. Free. 5:15 p.m. McEver Field, 626 South St., Davidson.

American 4-Miler| Charlotte

Kick off Independence Day with a 4-mile race and 1-mile kids’ run. No race-day registration. $10-$35. 7:30 a.m.; kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave.

Baxter Village 4th of July Parade | Fort Mill

The annual parade features more than 125 units, including bands, entertainers, floats, Carolina Panthers' mascot Sir Purr and Panthers' Percussion Band, stilt walkers, decorated golf carts and more. Free. 9:30 a.m. Baxter Village Town Center, 940 Market St., Fort Mill.

Carowinds Celebrate America Fireworks Show | Charlotte

Celebrate the 4th of July at the annual fireworks show. 9:30 p.m. $45+, children 3-5 receive free admission with Pre-K Pass. 9:30 p.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

Fun Family 4th of July | Matthews

Come at 5 p.m. to decorate bikes, scooters and wagons for the People's Parade, a non-motorized/non-commercial parade from Matthews Station St. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Live music by Too Much Sylvia will begin at 7pm. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews

Independence Day at Historic Brattonsville | McConnells

Enjoy a 19th century-style backyard family celebration. Make a 1850s-style toast after the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3:30pm. $5-$8; children 3 and younger free. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.

Independence Day Celebration | Waxhaw

Watch the "Happy 130th Birthday Waxhaw! Happy Birthday USA!” parade. Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw.

Indian Trail July 4th Parade | Indian Trail

Come see the parade full of fun floats, walking groups, horses, fire trucks and more. Free. 11 a.m-1 p.m. Downtown Indian Trail, Indian Trail.

Lake Wylie Annual Fireworks Display | Lake Wylie

The Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, 185 Blucher Cir., Clover. 9:30pm. Free. Enjoy this community fireworks display at the lake. Viewing locations include Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, Papa Doc’s outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza, and Bagel Boat and Long Cove Resort.

Naturalization Ceremony and Independence Day Celebration | Charlotte

Welcome new citizens to the Charlotte community at a U.S. Oath and Naturalization ceremony. Learn more about the meaning of citizenship, democracy, immigration and freedom, and make firework-themed crafts. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive.

Red, White and Belmont | Belmont

Come celebrate Independence Day in Belmont and hear Java Band perform live. Free. 6-10 p.m. Stowe Park, 24 S. Main Street, Belmont.

Revolutionary 4th | Kings Mountain

Festivities are complete with a live band, food vendors, fireworks and a scene performed from “Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama about the Battle of Kings Mountain,” written by Bob Inman. Free. Begins at 6-9:30 p.m. Deal Park Walking Track, 211 Cleveland Ave., Kings Mountain.

Tega Cay 4th of July | Tega Cay

Watch the annual Land Parade before catching one of the trolleys to Windjammer for the Canoe Joust and Log Rolling. Next are the Boat Parade and Carolina Ski Show team's performance. Following the activities on the lake, bring the kids by the Pavilion at the Golf Club for the Splish-N-Splash Summer Bash. The evening ends in fireworks! Free. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Runde Park, 5110 Windward Drive, Tega Cay.

WBT SkyShow Street Party and Charlotte Knights Baseball (UPDATE: GAME SOLD OUT) | Charlotte

Baseball and Independence Day combine for a fun festival that includes the SkyShow Street Party. The party features rides, food trucks, vendors and live music from 3-9 p.m. Free street party. 2-10 p.m. Charlotte Knights play at 6:05 p.m. Game tickets start at $13. Free street party. 2-10 p.m. Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tiffany Wolff is the calendar editor for Charlotte Parent and enjoys exploring the city with her two sons.


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