Harrisburg Unites 30,000 People with its Star Spangled Celebration

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Most families in the Charlotte area celebrate America’s independence with friends and family, good food, and of course fireworks. But for Harrisburg, the July 4th holiday is a three-day celebration bringing together roughly 30,000 people.

The celebration kicks off July 2 at Hickory Ridge High School for the Miss July 4th Pageant. Infants, toddlers and teens that hope to take home the crown showcase their talents to a patriotic theme. Everyone is invited with a small fee of $2-$5.

On July 3 and 4, Harrisburg completely transforms into one big festive community. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. at Harrisburg Park. Families can shop for different trinkets made by local vendors, as well as partake in games, and activities, such as a petting zoo and camel and pony rides, plus loads of live entertainment.

On July 3, family-friendly band Gal Friday performs at 5 p.m. center stage before the opening ceremony. Throughout the evening, families can purchase tickets for amusement rides, as well as participate in the “imagination station.” The evening wraps up with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Get in the spirit of the day at the Fourth of July parade that kicks off July 4, 9 a.m. and travels down Highway 49. Action gets underway at Harrisburg Park again at 4 p.m. with more live music and festivities, including crafts, vendors, food and amusement rides for kids, all capped off with the big finale fireworks show at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

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