We have had a lot of Smarty readers asking about where to watch fireworks, so I thought that I would dedicate today’s Smarty Scoop to July 4th festivities.
Lowe’s YMCA Summer Celebration and Fireworks Show
July 3, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville
Celebrate the community and nation with this free event. Hot air balloon rides, a concert and fireworks. Performance by Lake Norman Orchestra begins at 7pm. Free.
Mooresville Town Square Festival on the Green
July 03, 5:00pm
Mooresville Town Square
Featuring entertainment, a Veterans ceremony, a kids zone and more before ending in a fireworks display.
July 03, 5:30pm
Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road (Across from SouthPark Mall).
Everyone is invited to a free cook-out on the front lawn of Sharon United Methodist Church.
Summer Pops at Symphony Park
July 03, Prelude – 7:00pm, Concert – 8:15pm
Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.
A summertime tradition, each year the Charlotte Symphony performs a wide variety of orchestral favorites under the stars. Albert-George Schram conducts. Prelude begins at 7pm, concert begins at 8:15pm.
Rock Hill’s Red, White & Boom!
July 03, 5:30pm, fireworks – 9:30pm
City Hall Plaza and Black Street in historic downtown Rock Hill, SC
Margaritaville comes to town in a Jimmy Buffet-themed celebration. Family-friendly event will also include “Parakeet Park” with children’s activities.
4th of July Afternoon Celebration
Charlotte Museum of History
July 04, 10:00am-2:00pm
Do your children know what it means to be an American? If you’re home for the 4th of July, celebrate at the Charlotte Museum of History. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds, homesite to one of our region’s original patriots, Hezekiah Alexander. Children’s activities will include various colonial games, a puppet show, and a Ben Franklin kite demonstration.
Museum admission is free all day on July 4, 2008!
Red Rocks, Whitewater & Bluegrass Celebration
US National Whitewater Center
July 4, 2:00pm. Fireworks – 9:15pm
Try something a little more adventurous this 4th of July! Come on out and experience our 46′ rock spire, class III/IV whitewater and some great music. This will be fun for the whole family with lots of food, activities for kids, and of course… FIREWORKS! Parking is $5.
The Dry Fork Ramblers at 3:30 pm
Moonshine Racers at 6:30 pm
Celebrate American Independence
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC
July 04, 10:00am-4:00pm
Join us as we honor our nation’s birth 1840s style with games, cooking demos, musket firings, children’s military drills and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Cost is $3-$6.
Night of Fire
July 04, Fireworks start at 10:00pm, Park open all day.
Spend a day of fun in the 108-acre theme and water park, At 5pm, enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic of fried chicken, hot dogs and more. Picnic is included in the price of admission. Top of the evening with a state-of-the-art, computer designed and controlled pyro-musical fireworks show. Park admission from $28 – $45.
Red White & Boom
Memorial Stadium, 310 North Kings Drive, Charlotte
July 04, 6:00pm-10:00pm
US Airways will be presenting Family Fun Fest at Memorial Stadium along with WLYT (Lite 102.9) and WKKT (96.9 Kat Country) as host radio stations. Family-friendly activities will run from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There will be stadium and grass seating to watch the fireworks. The event is alcohol-free but there will be food and soft drinks on sale.
New this year! US Airways will be sponsoring a food drive benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. Canned food will be collected at the Fun Fest at Memorial Stadium. Participants 18 years of age or older in the canned food drive can register to win up to $1000 in US Airways gift certificates.
WBT Knights Skyshow
Knights Stadium, Ft. Mill
July 04, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Enjoy a Knights game, a tailgate party and fireworks at the Skyshow in Knights Stadium. Festival activities outside the stadium start at 5pm, leading up to the 7:15pm game time. Cost is $7 and up.
Fourth of July Celebration – Davidson
McEvers Field, Davidson
July 4th, Parade begins at 5:30pm from Davidson town Hall and ends at McEvers Field.
All attendees of the event will need one to enter the event site. Davidson residents and their guests will be admitted free of charge and will be able to pick up wristbands through Thursday at Davidson Town Hall and the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, 416 Armour St. Others can buy wristbands for $5 per person at the entrance gate the night of the event.
The celebration runs 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at McEvers Field, 626 South St. Enjoy an evening of music, games and food. Festivities include a children’s amusement area and entertainment by Summerdaze Band, concession and a fireworks show. Fireworks show begins at dusk.
Birkdale Village 4th of July
July 4th, 10:00am-noon
Event includes a fireman’s face-off, water challenge, parade, children’s activities, bike decoration station, pet contests and great music and entertainment all day.
Lake Wylie Fantastic Fireworks Display
July 4, Dusk, app. 9:30 pm
Buster Boyd Boat Landing, S.C. Hwy. 49 at Lake Wylie
Best viewing locations: the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, T-Bones on the Lake outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza
Red, White and Blue in Raptors too!
Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville
July 4, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Join us in the weathering area to see our resident red, white and blue raptors! Have an opportunity to get your picture taken with an eagle! Cost is $5-$7.
These are some of the events I have found. Please let us know of other events. Have a safe and happy 4th of July! God Bless the U.S.A.!
Various marinas, including the Peninsula Yacht Club, do fireworks shows every year though they aren’t advertised. So if you can get out on Lake Norman by boat you’ll be in for a real treat!