Fourth of July Events Around Charlotte: 2020

Both in-person and virtual events are offered across the region
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Celebrate Independence Day in Charlotte with fireworks shows around town, or observe the holiday in the comfort and safety of your home.


The Charlotte Museum of History Independence Day

The Charlotte Museum of History will host virtual Independence Day festivities starting June 29. Every day through July 4, the museum’s website offers a new resource. Digital content includes videos, a Lunch and Learn via Zoom, firecracker craft instructions, and the ringing of the American Freedom Bell. Register online for the Lunch and Learn prior to the event.

  • Location: Virtual
  • When: Monday, June 29-Saturday, July 4
  • Cost: Free


Charlotte Firecracker 5K

Run the Charlotte Firecracker 5K virtually. Submit a photo of your time and distance, and race organizers will ship a shirt and medal to you. An in-person 5K will also taking place with modifications for additional distancing, but registrations are sold out.

  • Location: Virtual
  • When: Friday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $30


Gastonia Grizzlies’ Fireworks Night

Come watch the Gastonia Grizzlies take on the Forest City Owls, and stick around for the first fireworks display of the season.

  • Location: Sims Park, 1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia
  • When: Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15-$17


Al Fresco Dining on Main Street with Fireworks

To assist struggling businesses during COVID-19 restrictions, the city of Belmont unrolled Al Fresco Dining on Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights. The city closes Main Street to vehicle traffic, and restaurants bring tables outside. The event began May 22 and is weather permitting with an end date still to be decided.

  • Location: Downtown Belmont between Catawba Street and Myrtle/McLeod Street
  • When: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 5-10 p.m. for dining; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night
  • Cost: Free entry, cost for food and drink


U.S. National Whitewater Center Fourth of July Celebration

The U. S. National Whitewater Center will host its two-day celebration, complete with recreational activities, live music, yoga, and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night.

  • Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
  • When: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. -10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free to attend, cost of activities and $6 for parking


Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration

End the day with the Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration. The land parade has recently been cancelled, but guests can still view the fireworks after sunset. Find parking information for the event online.

  • Location: Tega Cay, SC
  • When: Saturday, July 4, 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


City of King’s Mountain Revolutionary Fourth

The Revolutionary Fourth event in Kings’s Mountain will look a bit different this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city has cancelled live music and the festival, but the community can still enjoy the fireworks display. Guests unable to attend in person can stream the fireworks show online.

  • Location: Downtown King’s Mountain
  • When: Saturday, July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


Park National Bank American 4 Miler presented by Novant Health

Kick off Independence Day with a four-mile run. Complete the on-site or virtual run and receive a race bib, medal, and T-shirt. For the health of staff, volunteers, and participants, medals will be in the race packet, and no water will be offered along the course. The race will conclude with live music, but there will be no in-person awards ceremony.

  • Location: 1111 Metropolitan Ave.
  • When: Saturday, July 4. To encourage distancing, the starting line will run from 7:30 to 7:35 a.m.
  • Cost: $24-$27. There will be no race day registration.


Virtual Red, White, and Boom!

Rock Hill’s Red, White, and Boom event went virtual this year, with eight contests that closed on June 22. Participants competed in a sidewalk chalk contest, ice cream eating contest, patriotic photo contest, and more. Look for the winners to be announced between June 26 and July 4, and find virtual content, including videos and music, online.

  • Location: Virtual
  • When: Friday, June 26-Saturday, July 4
  • Cost: Free


Annual Fireworks Celebration

The city of Mount Holly will stream a fireworks show live on its Facebook page. The fireworks will shoot from Mount Holly Middle School’s field, though viewing areas around the school may be restricted.

  • Location: Virtual
  • When: Saturday, July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
  • Cost: Free