4th of July: What to do and where to go for fireworks in greater-Charlotte

- The 4th of July should be all about family, friends and fun. Whether you want to hit the streets to participate in activities or just watch fireworks from the comfort of lawn chair, FOX 46 Charlotte has put together a list of all the action happening in our area beginning Thursday and running until Tuesday so you and your family can enjoy a no-stress holiday. 

4th of July Celebration at BB&T Ballpark

Tuesday, July 4, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. SkyShow Fireworks Spectacular follows the July 4th baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba. You can buy tickets for the game here. If you’re not attending the game, you should be able to see the fireworks from any place adjacent to the ballpark, like Romare Bearden Park. There will also be a free street festival in front of the ballpark. Live music, as well as carnival rides, bounce houses and more. There may be a charge for some activities at the festival.

4th of July Celebration at Charlotte Museum of History

Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It costs $5. Free for museum members. This event will feature lectures, kids’ crafts, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site, and ringing of the American Freedom Bell. You can purchase your ticket here

4th of July Celebration at Tega Cay

Tuesday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 35th Anniversary celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a Land Parade. There will be a Boat Parade, a Ski Team performance, and water games. There will also be a Fish Fry, City Ceremonies and a Birthday party with cake. The event will end with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Make sure you bring a blanket or lawn chairs! More information on registration and participation in each event can be found here.

4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village

Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can visit Birkdale Village for entertainment, a bike parade, bounce houses, and much more, culminating in a big water fight courtesy of the Huntersville Fire Department.

4th of July Festival at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Monday July 3- Tuesday July 4, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display each night. Live music includes Coddle Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, Banditos, Lucero and more. Admission is free. Parking is $5.

4th of July Party at Snug Harbor

Tuesday, July 4, 8 p.m. Free for all. There will be live bands: Alternative Champs, Dirty Art Club, TKO Faith Healer, Brut Beat, Fat Face Band, at Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood. 

Baxter Village 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. South Carolina’s annual 4th of July parade will begin at Baxter Village in Fort Mill at 940 Market Street. It includes Charlotte sports mascots, clowns, stilt walkers and much more.

Carowinds Military Days

Monday, July 3- Wednesday, July 5. Free park admission to any active, inactive, or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military ID. Fireworks July 4.

Charlotte Motor Speedway 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Drivers’ autographs and fireworks follow Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on Tuesday, July 4. The Shootout starts at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $8. Kids under 13 get in for free.

Charlotte Symphony

Saturday, July 1 the Charlotte Symphony will play in Symphony Park at SouthPark. It costs $16. Gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances start at 7 p.m. The Charlotte Symphony will perform at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks will follow.

Coulwood Hills Community Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 8 a.m. You can join the Couldwood Hills Community at the pool for a parade, contests, games and more. The pool will be free and open to all at 12 p.m. 

Davidson Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, there will be a parade for all to participate in, starting at McEver Field on South Street at 5:15 p.m., proceeding to the town Green, where the band Da Throwback Band will perform at 6 p.m.

Gastonia July 4th Festival

Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live music, eating contests, free carnival rides and fireworks.

Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration

Tuesday, July 4. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road, and proceeds to The Grove Church, 5735 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, where the celebration continues until 2:30 p.m., with live music, games, food and contests.The 49th Annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration is the largest block party in East Charlotte.

Igniting Brighter Possibilities

Monday, July 3, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This annual celebration features live music, kids’ activities and fireworks at the Lowes YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave, in Mooresville. Bring a blanket or chairs and make sure to arrive early!

Indian Trail 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 130 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail. At 9:30 a.m. the celebration begins, with flag raising, watermelon eating contest, live music, games and activities. At 11:30 a.m. the parade starts. Free.

Kannapolis Intimidators’ Ballpark

Monday, July 3 fireworks will follow the game. You can buy tickets to the game here. Also, the Intimidators guarantee that they will win. If they lose, you’ll get a ticket to a future game.

Kings Mountain

Tuesday, July 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The city of Kings Mountain is celebrating the July 4. There will be a history encampment starting at 2 p.m. followed by a concert at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m. there will be a patriotic pre-fireworks show, and the fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. It all takes place at Kings Mountain Walking Track and Neisler Stage, 211 Cleveland Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC.  with music provided by the Chris Marks Band from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and a variety of food vendors available at Walking Track Park. In honor of the turning point of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Kings Mountain (fought just south of town) a scene from “Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama” written by Bob Inman will be performed by the cast. All will lead up to the big event, the fireworks show.

Matthews People’s Parade

Saturday, July 1, 5:30 p.m. Matthews People’s Parade meets at the Town Hall Green at 5:30 pm Saturday, July 1, and the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Followed by concert from Too Much Sylvia at 7 p.m. at Stumptown Park.

Mile High Fourth of July

Friday, June 30- Tuesday, July 4. If you crave cooler temperatures, consider driving up to Banner Elk and Beech Mountain for their 2nd Annual Mile High Fourth of July celebration. There will be live music all weekend, fireworks, BBQ, a parade and more.

Red, White & Blue Blaze

Monday, July 3, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Blue Blaze Brewing. Live music by Analog Crash, $2 off pitchers all day, free hot dogs off grill. Free.

Red, White and Blue Lawn Party at The Ballantyne

Saturday, July 1, 5:30 p.m. The Ballantyne is hosting a lawn party. It’s free to attend and open to everyone. You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel. There will be live music, food trucks, local North Carolina beer and games, followed by fireworks.

Red, White and Blue Ribbon Party

Saturday, July 1, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free hamburgers & hot dogs. Three bands. Age 21+ Midwood Country Club, 2123 Central Avenue. Free.

Red, White and Boom

Monday, July 3, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in Old Town in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s a kids’ zone (there’s a fee for this) a free concert and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Know of a 4th of July celebration we missed? No problem, just send us an email at newstips@fox46charlotte.com with the information and we'll gladly at the event to the list.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in -- includes Advertiser Stories