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13 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Charlotte

If you’re still trying to figure out your Fourth of July plans, look no further than our guide to all things red, white and blue.

Courtesy of The Charlotte Symphony | Symphony Park

In Charlotte, holiday celebrations are a big deal. If you’re still trying to figure out your Fourth of July plans, look no further than our guide to all things red, white and blue—from parades to where to watch fireworks.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout with Fireworks

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Tuesday, July 2
5 p.m.

This family-friendly event will have all the entertainment and action you’re looking for. Catch thrilling race-night exhibitions featuring Legends Cars and Bandoleros, along with weekly attractions—from school bus racing to High Heel Dash racing. The event will end with an autograph session and a fireworks show. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults. Kids 13 and under get free admission.

Fourth of July Celebration

U.S. National Whitewater Center
Wednesday, July 3 – Thursday, July 4
9:30 a.m.

Back for its ninth year, the U.S. National Whitewater Center will be celebrating Independence Day in style. The two-day celebration will feature yoga practices, live music, the Battle Royale (a head-to-head SUP Sprint), and fireworks. Admission is free. Parking is $5.

Courtesy of The Charlotte Symphony | Symphony Park

Celebrate America! With Fireworks

Symphony Park
Wednesday, July 3

8:15 p.m.

The Charlotte Symphony will pay tribute to America by playing patriotic favorites including “America the Beautiful” and the “Armed Forces Medley.” Sit back and enjoy the melodious tunes and then be amazed by the fireworks grand finale.

Celebrate America Fireworks Show

Thursday, July 4 Friday, July 5
10 a.m.

During the day, experience all of the exhilarating thrills Carowinds’ rides have to offer—from the Copperhead Strike to the Mountain Gliders. The fireworks show will begin once night falls.

Naturalization Ceremony & Independence Day Celebration

Charlotte Museum of History
Thursday, July 4
11 a.m.

The Charlotte Museum of History is having a special celebration on the Fourth. The public is invited to watch a Naturalization Ceremony, listen to the ringing of the American Freedom Bell and take part in family-friendly activities and firework-themed crafts. The event is free.

Courtesy of NoDa Brewing Company's Facebook event

4th of July Celebration

NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N. Tryon St.
Thursday, July 4

NoDa Brewing Company will be opening the tap room doors early for the Fourth! Enjoy beer specials throughout the day plus tacos, quesadillas, sliders and salads from Tin Kitchen. Cheers!

4th of July Block Party

The DreamChaser’s Brewery
Thursday, July 4
1 p.m.

Get ready for the ultimate block party at The DreamChaser’s Brewery. The Killer Q Food Truck will be serving up traditional American backyard barbecue-style cuisine including hot dogs, burgers, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, funnel cakes and more. There will also be outdoor games, local vendors, a bounce house and live music.

Courtesy of Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts' Facebook event

4th of July Party

Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts
Thursday, July 4
3 p.m.

Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a triple can release. Around 9:30 p.m., head to the upper parking lot to view the fireworks shows happening in Uptown Charlotte.

19th Annual 4th of July Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’

The Diamond
Thursday, July 4
4 p.m.

The Diamond has been hosting this party for 19 years, so you know it’s going to be good. Enjoy eating pulled pork, hot dogs and drinking brew outside in the parking lot. Live music from bands like FEMALE GIBSON and Mannish boys will start at 5:30 p.m.

Courtesy of SkyShow Charlotte

43rd Annual WBT SkyShow

BB&T Ballpark
Thursday, July 4
5 p.m.

SkyShow Charlotte, "the largest fireworks show in the Southeast," will take place after the Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides at 6:05 p.m. Tickets for the game are sold out for this night but there are still tickets available for the July 3 and July 5 games, which will both be followed by fireworks. We suggest catching the Fourth of July fireworks from Romare Bearden Park.

Fourth of July Celebration

City of Gastonia
Thursday, July 4
5 p.m.

The City of Gastonia, CaroMont Health, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, LeafGuard of Charlotte, and Viva Tequis are coming together to throw this Fourth of July Celebration. The free event will have food trucks, live music, a beer garden and a kids play area. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Courtesy of the Town of Davidson's Facebook page

Davidson Independence Day Celebration

251 South St. in Davidson, NC
Thursday, July 4
5:30 p.m.

The community of Davidson will gather to celebrate our nation’s independence with a patriotic parade at 5:30 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to walk dressed in Fourth of July attire or decorate their bicycles, wagons or pets in red, white and blue. A concert on the Town Green will be performed by Da Throwback Band, a 70s variety band.

Lake Wylie Annual Fireworks Display

Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge
Thursday, July 4
9:30 p.m.

If you're wanting to catch a great fireworks display in the Charlotte area, head over to Lake Wylie. Some of the best spots to watch the fireworks show are from Papa Doc's outside deck, Rey Azteca's deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, and the Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza patio at Lake Wylie Plaza.