Fourth of July Block Parties, Bar Crawl, Party Bus, and More July 3-7

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Wonder if the chick from the Statue of Liberty is related to Queen Charlotte (statue at the airport).
It’s a celebration of Independence Day, but don’t party alone! Check out this list of parties and social events taking place through the extended holiday weekend.
 

Wednesday, July 3

 
Alive After Five (special Wednesday edition)
The city’s largest, weekly after-work party is taking place a day earlier this week because of the holiday. Music by Right To Party on the rooftop stage. 5 p.m. Free; VIP tickets available. Wristbands from Alive After Five get you free entry in official after-parties at several surrounding venues. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., aliveafterfives.com/the-epicentre.
 
Red, White and Brew Bash
Be entertained by the dueling pianos, and enjoy drink specials such as $3 select beers, $4 You-Call-Its, and $20 86-ounce Cherry Kool Aid buckets. 7 p.m. Click here for free admission. Howl At The Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., howlatthemoon.com/charlotte
 
Kitchapendence Day 
This week, Pop Life morphs into a block party, occupying three venues at District 300: Cosmos Café, Phoenix, and Re:Public. Music by six DJs: SNS, Paradime, Skillz, Ngenius, CK, and Shaun Nyce. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free; VIP tables available, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. District 300, 300 N. College St., thesolkitchen.com.
 

Thursday, July 4

 
Third Annual 4th of July Block Party
Hang out in the Elizabeth neighborhood at this block party put on by Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, Jackalope Jacks, and The Philosopher’s Stone Tavern. Drink specials include $2 Budweiser, $3 Brooklyn Summer Ale, $5 Cruzan Rum; plus $1 hot dogs and $2 burgers. There will also be a cornhole tournament (2 p.m.), hot dog eating contest (5 p.m.), and live music. 1 p.m.-until. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell St., kennedyscharlotte.com.
 
Plaza Midwood July 4th Pig Pickin' and Gordon Street Block Party
Charlotte’s most eclectic neighborhood hosts a day of fun, featuring live music, street performers, contests, a water slide, vendors, and plenty of food and drinks from the area’s restaurants and bars. Bands scheduled to appear include: The Belmont Playboys, Overmountain Men, The Loudermilks, Temperance League, and Modern Primitives. 4 p.m.-midnight. Free. Plaza Midwood, 1218 Gordon St., facebook.com/pmpig.
 
Fourth of July Reggaeton Bash 
Dance to the best of old and new-school reggaeton. Music by DJ Chaka, along with a performance by J-Mario. Drink specials and bottle packages available. Complimentary glow bracelets and necklaces will be given away. 10 p.m. $10. Latorre's Disco, 116 W. Fifth St., latorresdisco.com.
 

Friday, July 5

 
Buff Faye’s Friday Night Superhero vs. Villains Party Bus
The Queen City’s drag star leads this party bus, making stops at several LGBT-friendly bars. Proceeds will benefit Campus Pride for LGBT Youth. Check-in 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; bus departs at 8:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $25 at the door. Hartigan's Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St., herobuff.eventbrite.com.
 
Red, White and Brew EpiCentre Bar Crawl
Carolina Nightlife guides you to several EpiCentre bars and nightclubs, including Whisky River, Suite, Biergarten, Bubble, Blackfinn, StrikeCity, and Vida. Your ticket includes a commemorative T-shirt, free cover to all the bars, and drink specials. Registration 7-9 p.m.; crawl 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com.
 

Saturday, July 6

 
Kiss Anchor Island (weekly event)
This on-the-water party series takes place each Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Cruise on the yacht with Kiss 95.1 FM personalities while enjoying music, cocktails, and fun in the sun. 8:30-9 a.m. cruise registration and yacht shuttle pick up at Fox & Hound Huntersville, 8711 Lindholm Dr.; shuttles to yacht will start at 9:15 a.m. Cruise departs from Morningstar Marinas at Kings Point at 10 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. $10. The Ragin’ Mistress, Lake Norman, kissanchorisland.com.
 
DAYscape
Get your party on during daylight (and get a better view of who you’re dancing with). Music by DeRon Juan of 102 Jamz and DJ Pyro. VIP tables and hookah available. Presented by King Entertainment. 4-8:30 p.m. $10 in advance. Kazba, at EpiCentre, 210 E Trade St., facebook.com/kazbacharlotte, dayscapeclt.eventbrite.com.
 
Frolic: The Glow Party
MAZ Entertainment wants you to engage in some frolic behavior at this party featuring body paint, glow-glow dancers, hookah, and music by DJ Flash. 10 p.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available, graham@phoenixofcharlotte.com. Phoenix, 300 N College St., phoenixofcharlotte.com, mazentertainment.net.
 
Havana’s Night and More
You’ll get three different party vibes on this night at this mega club. DJ Neil Jackson will spin in the main room, while DJ Cali plays in the Ivory Lounge, and DJs Wiggz-n-Wonz tag team on the Cabana Patio. 10 p.m. $10; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
 

Sunday, July 7

 
It's Just Brunch
Digital Divas presents the next installment in their brunch series. Order from the great food menu, while enjoying live music by Rodney Shelton and Mandyl Evans, and meet new friends. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations encouraged, 704-338-9444. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 222 S. Tryon St., ruthschris.com/Restaurant-Locations/charlotte-uptowndigitaldivasevents.com.
 
Flowers for the Fallen Fundraiser 
Whisky River is donating 10 percent of its food sales during this afternoon to benefit Flowers for the Fallen, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. 2-6 p.m. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com, flowersforthefallen.org.
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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