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Updated: 10:08 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014 | Posted: 4:18 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014

July Fourth celebrations, festivals and fireworks

Fireworks at BB&T Ballpark
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Fireworks at BB&T Ballpark

Are you ready to celebrate Independence Day in the Carolinas? Here’s a list of events that will make for an awesome Fourth of July in the Queen City and beyond.

Be sure to check individual websites for the most up-to-date information in case of inclement weather, however.   

All-American Community Celebration in Kannapolis
Enjoy carnival-like entertainment at CMC-NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. $5 Website

Davidson 4th of July Parade and Concert
Parade starts at 5:15 p.m. on July 4 in downtown Davidson, with festivities beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Includes a concert on the green at 6 p.m. Website

Harrisburg July 4th Celebration
A two day celebration July 3-4 that includes a parade, live music, games, fireworks and more.  Website


Celebrate the Fourth the old-fashioned way with the Intimidators


4th of July at Charlotte Museum of History
Features lively presentations, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site, viewing of a rare 19th century Liberty flag, children’s crafts and refreshments. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 4. Website

Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade
Parade begins at Coulwood Middle School at 9 a.m. July 4. Games and food follow until 1 p.m. Website

Hickory Grove 4th of July Parade and Celebration
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 at Hickory Grove Elementary School/Recreation Center in East Charlotte. Celebration will immediately follow and run until 2:30 p.m. Website


SLIDESHOW: See who's coming to PNC Music Pavilion


Huntersville’s 10th annual 4th of July Celebration (at Birkdale Village)
Activities take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  on July 4 and include bike decorating, face painting, balloon creations, bounce houses, bike rodeo, parade, and Fire Department water fight. Website


SkyShow will light up Uptown once again


4th of July Parade in Indian Trial
Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 and include a watermelon eating contest. Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Website

Lake Wylie Fireworks at Buster Boyd Bridge
Best viewing for display on July 4 will be at T-Bones, the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, Rey Azteca deck, or on the lake!

Matthews People’s Parade
Activities begin at 5 p.m. July 4 in front of Town Hall, People’s Parade begins at 6 p.m. Also includes games and activities in the park and a free concert. Website

Plaza Midwood 4th of July Pig Pickin’
Annual celebration features BBQ, live music and fireworks. Begins at 4 p.m. July 4. Website

Red, White, and Belmont
A three day festival in downtown Belmont July 4-6. Includes crafts, food and fireworks Friday and Sunday night. Website

SkyShow 2014 at BB&T Ballpark
The SkyShow fireworks display will follow the Charlotte Knights baseball game at BB&T Ballpark on July 4. If you don’t have tickets to the sold out game, one of the best areas to see the fireworks will be at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown. A free street festival will also take place in front of the ballpark on Mint Street, beginning at 3 p.m. Website


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Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration
The festival begins with a land parade at 9 a.m. on July 4 and includes a boat parade, fish fry, live music and fireworks. Website

U.S. National Whitewater Center 4th of July Festival
Annual two day celebration takes place July 3-4. Both days will feature live music, as well as fireworks over the man-made whitewater river. Admission is free. Website

Waxhaw 4th of July Festival
Celebration begins on July 4 with a parade through historic downtown at 10 a.m., and includes a beach party from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy food, live music and fireworks. Website

Charlotte Hounds Post-game Fireworks 
Charlotte’s Lacrosse team will host a fireworks show following their game at Memorial Stadium on July 5. Website

Fourth of July Specials

Military Day at Carowinds
Active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women can receive free park admission with a valid military ID on July 4-5. Website

North Carolina Free Fishing Day
From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. Website