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What to do in Charlotte this July 4TH!

Lisa Archer

Lisa is the Chief Opportunity Officer at Live Love Homes Worldwide...

Lisa is the Chief Opportunity Officer at Live Love Homes Worldwide...

Feb 12 6 minutes read

From family fun to 21-plus parties, here are some ideas for how to spend your Fourth of July weekend.

July 1

Summer Pops — Celebrate America: Summer Pops’ finale, a patriotic concert, will include  “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Services Salute,” “Liberty Fanfare” and more. The concert — which begins at 8:15 p.m. — will be followed by a fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m. and a prelude act will start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here; online ticket sales will end at noon July 1, but you can purchase tickets in person at Symphony Park starting at 4 p.m.

Cost: $16 for adults but free for those under 18.
Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte. 

July 3

Pop-up Ballantyne Beer Garden: The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge will host the event, which will feature live music from Wicked Powers and Pluto for Planet, on its South Lawn from noon to 7 p.m. There will also be local beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, a cookout and a drawing for prizes.

Cost: Free.
Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte.

Charlotte Firecracker 5K: Following the 5K — which takes runners around Old Providence neighborhood — enjoy a pool party at Windyrush Country Club, with music, food and drinks. There will also be be a Family Fun Run for both kids and grownups. You can register for both races here. You can park for the race at at Olde Providence Elementary School.The 5K starts at 7 p.m., and childcare will be provided between 6 and 8 p.m. (Click here to sign up for that.)

Cost: 5K tickets cost $30 and Family Fun Run tickets cost $15 up until race day, when the cost increases to $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Family Fun Run. 

Location: Olde Providence Elementary School/Parking/Race Start —  3800 Rea Road, Charlotte; Race End/Pool Party (Windyrush Country Club) — 6441 Windyrush Road, Charlotte.

July 3-4

U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 4th of July Festival: The festival will include live performances by The Wood Brothers, The Congress and more; there will be fireworks shows each night and a cornhole tournament both days at 3 p.m. (It costs $30 for you and a partner to enter the cornhole tournament.)

Cost: Free entry but parking costs $5.
Location: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte.

Carowinds’ Celebrate America Fireworks Show: Watch one of the Carolinas’ largest fireworks displays starting at 10 p.m. July 3 and 4.

Also, between July 2-4, all service members (active, inactive or retired) will receive free admittance into Carowinds by showing a valid military ID. Servicemen and women can also receive discounted tickets for family members.

Location: 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C.

July 4

WBT SkyShow Charlotte: Its street festival, on Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark from 2-10 p.m., will boast live music, an interactive kids area, food and drinks — including adult beverages — bounce houses, slides, a rock wall, kids crafts, face painting and more.

The Charlotte Knights will be playing inside the stadium starting at 6:05 p.m. and tickets can bepurchased hereFollowing the game, those in and outside of the stadium can watch SkyShow’s fireworks display, which is the largest in the Southeast. (Pro tip: Here’s Skyshow’s list of the best places to watch the display outside of the stadium.)

Cost: Street festival and show are free. Knights game tickets start at $10.
Location: Street Festival: On Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in front of BB&T Ballpark (324 S Mint St., Charlotte.)

Craft City Social Club’s 4th of July Splash BashFrom noon to 6 p.m., enjoy the 21-plus party’s poolside barbecue — prepared by executive chef Oscar La Fuente  — and its “Red, White & Blue Sparkle and Pop” prosecco popsicles. Barrel-aged craft cocktail flights will also be available. Josh Daniel & Friends will be performing live from 1-5 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here; cabanas can also be rented for $250.
Location: Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell Street, Charlotte, N.C.

The Charlotte Museum of History’s Independence Day Celebration: The museum will host a family-friendly Independence Day celebration, complete with crafts, cake and lemonade, lectures, and tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site. There will also be a ringing of the American Freedom Bell.

Cost: Free for members; $5 for the public and $20 for families. Those interested can register online.
Location: 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.

For even more options, check out this list from Charlotte on the Cheap.

Thanks to CharlotteFive for this great list of ideas!

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