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7 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Charlotte

There will still be socially-distant fireworks and celebrations this year.

As we enter the summer months, concerts, gatherings and events continue to be canceled out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19. However, you can still celebrate the country’s independence with several Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks spectaculars and outdoor parades.

Cramerton Independence Day Celebration

Goat Island Park
Saturday, June 27
9:15 p.m.

This year’s Cramerton Independence Day Celebration will be fireworks only due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Seating in the Downtown Centennial Center will not be allowed, but a week before the fireworks, the city of Cramerton will inflate a large red balloon to the approximate height of the fireworks show. If you can see the balloon, you’ll likely be able to see the fireworks as well.

Drive-In Movie Night with Fireworks

Charlotte Motor Speedway
Wednesday, July 1
7 p.m.

While Charlotte Motor Speedway won’t host a Fourth of July celebration this year, it will still host a drive-in movie night complete with a fireworks show. Catch The Goonies at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) and then a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 per car and the event is rain or shine. Audio will be provided through an FM radio station. Vehicle engines will need to be off, but you can use your auxiliary power. A monitored restroom will be open. You are asked to practice safe social distancing and wear a mask when going to and from the restroom.

Gastonia Grizzlies Fireworks

Sims Legion Park
Friday, July 3
7 p.m.

The Gastonia Grizzlies will begin their season in July and will host their first fireworks night of the season to celebrate the Fourth of July. The game is against the Forest City Owls at 7 p.m.

Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration

Tega Cay Golf & Conference Center
Saturday, July 4
9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tega Cay will celebrate the Fourth of July with a day full of events beginning with a Land Parade at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with a fireworks display in the evening. Other shows in the area have been canceled, so Tega Cay is expecting a larger crowd than normal this year. Parking at the Tega Cay Golf & Conference Center will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available at Runde Park and Tega Cay Elementary School. Fireworks can be seen from many places around town, so you won’t need to be at the conference center to view them. The City of Tega Cay encourages attendees to practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and bring hand sanitizer to all events.

Baxter Village/Fort Mill Fourth of July Parade

Baxter Village, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Saturday, July 4
9:30 a.m
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The Baxter Village Fourth of July Parade will feature more than 100 units of entertainment for all ages, including the fire department and military honor guards as well as professional sports mascots to bands, classic cars, floats and clowns. You can view the parade along Market Street in Baxter Village Town Center. Parking is free.

Gastonia Fourth of July Celebration

City of Gastonia
Saturday, July 4
9:30 p.m.

The City of Gastonia will present a free fireworks show sponsored by Caromont Health, which will last about 15 minutes. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. and can be viewed from downtown Gastonia. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the rest of the Fourth of July celebration has been canceled, including food trucks, vendors, beer garden and entertainment, but the city encourages attendees to enjoy restaurants and shops downtown prior to the show.

Red, White and BOOM Kings Mountain Fireworks Show

City of Kings Mountain
Saturday, July 4
9:45 p.m.

Due to safety precautions, the City of Kings Mountain will modify Fourth of July Festivities this year. There will be no live entertainment, activities or food vendors, as the city wants to prevent drawing crowds. There will still be a fireworks show in the evening, which will have a wide viewing radius that extends far beyond downtown to allow for optimal social distancing.