4th of July 2016 in Charlotte

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

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Independence Day 2016 is upon us, and while Charlotte holds the title of the first true Declaration, there's no reason we can't celebrate the other one as well. You'll find a lot happening this year! This list is still growing, but so far, listed are museums, fireworks, and plenty more. We have huge, city-wide events down to smaller community festivals.

Find Out What's Open and What's Closed on Independence Day

Also, if you decide to celebrate with your own pyrotechnics, make sure you know the local laws.

Fireworks laws are pretty polar opposites in North Carolina and South Carolina. The north side allows very little while south side restricts very little. Find out what exactly is legal in both states:
Fireworks laws in North Carolina
Fireworks laws in South Carolina


Friday, July 1

Red, White and Belmont
Red, White and Belmont starts at 6 p.m with The Tams performing and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The action will be on Main Street www.cityofbelmont.org.

Summer Pops: Celebrate America
The Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series finale includes “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Services Salute,” “Liberty Fanfare” and more, followed by fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. with a prelude at 7 p.m. $16 for adults and free for under 18.
Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-972-2000; www.charlottesymphony.org.

Harrisburg Park
Harrisburg Park opens at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg.

Free. 704-455-5614; www.harrisburgnc.org.


Saturday, July 2

Harrisburg
Harrisburg Park will have fireworks at 10 p.m. 191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. Free. 704-455-5614; www.harrisburgnc.org.

Kannapolis Intimidators
CMC-Northeast Stadium will have 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis. $5 general admission.

704-932-3267; www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t487.

Mooresville
Queen’s Landing has an 8:45 p.m. fireworks cruise. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. $80 adult, $75 seniors, $20 children 6-12, $10 children 3-5. 704-663-2628; www.queenslanding.com.

Sunday, July 3

U.S. National Whitewater Fourth of July Festival
Show your patriotism and break out your red, white and blue at the USNWC‘s 4th of July Festival, a two-day celebration featuring outdoor adventure, live music and spectacular firework displays. Musical performances on the Belmont Abbey Island stage will take place in the afternoon and evening, followed by a stunning firework display over the world’s largest manmade whitewater river. Bring out your blanket or chairs, pick out a great viewing spot and enjoy the show.

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.

Mooresville
Lowes YMCA: 4 p.m. start. 4 p.m Glass Hammer performs. 5:30 p.m. Dan Page performs. 7 p.m. Rockie Lynne performs.

9:30 p.m. fireworks. 170 Joe V Knox Ave., Mooresville. Free. 704-716-4000; www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/north/lowes.aspx.

Rock Hill Red, White and Boom
5:30 p.m start. The Atlanta Party Band performs at The Old Town Amphitheater at 6:15; the Carolina Rhythm Band performs at Fountain Park at 6:30. Ice Cream Eating Contest begins at 6:15 p.m., with five age groups and 12 contestants allowed per age group. 10 p.m. fireworks. 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill. $10 kid’s wristband (gives access to a kids zone that includes the ferris wheel and other rides, inflatables and mini golf). Concerts free. 803-329-8756; www.onlyinoldtown.com.

Monday, July 4

July 4th Spectacular
SkyShow 2016 returns to Uptown Charlotte with the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the Southeast at BB&T Ballpark. Baseball, fireworks and fun come together for SkyShow Charlotte!

Come early for the pre-game festivities at the SkyShow Street Party including live music, food, drinks, inflatables, kid crafts, carnival rides, games, prizes and more!  After the game, we will honor our Veterans and Military Personnel in a patriotic flag ceremony followed by the most amazing choreographed fireworks in the Southeast!

U.S. National Whitewater Fourth of July Festival
Show your patriotism and break out your red, white and blue at the USNWC‘s 4th of July Festival, a two-day celebration featuring outdoor adventure, live music and spectacular firework displays. Musical performances on the Belmont Abbey Island stage will take place in the afternoon and evening, followed by a stunning firework display over the world’s largest manmade whitewater river. Bring out your blanket or chairs, pick out a great viewing spot and enjoy the show.

Carowinds: 10 a.m. park opens. 10 p.m. fireworks. 14523 Carowinds Blvd. Regular admission, $45.99. 803-548-5300; www.carowinds.com.

Monroe
Belk-Tonawanda Park’s July 4th celebration: 4:30 p.m. start. 7 p.m. performance. 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 217 I.B. Shive Drive Monroe. Free. 704-292-1705; www.historicdowntownmonroe.org.

Lake Wylie
Fourth of July Celebration: 9 a.m. land parade. 11 a.m. boat parade. 1 p.m. Carolina Show Ski Team performance. 4:30 p.m. fish fry. 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 7725 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay, S.C. Tickets from the Lions Club required for fish fry. 803-548-3512; www.tegacaysc.org.

Kannapolis
CMC-Northeast Stadium: 7:05 p.m. Kannapolis Intimidators vs. Hagerstown Suns. Fireworks after the game. $6 general admission. 2888 Moose Road, Kannapolis. 704-932-3267; www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t487.