Fourth of July Parties, Fashion Shows, Day Parties, a Luau, Pigs and Pinot Roast, and More – July 3-6
Celebrate our country's independence, and your own independent spirit, by dancing like no one is watching at one of these parties.
Thursday, July 3
13th Annual Independence Day Weekend Throwdown (July 3-6)
This popular Lake Norman restaurant and bar will attract partiers and revelers throughout the extended weekend, with live music each night. Jes Seda plays Thursday evening and Blue Monday Thursday night; Scott Munns Friday evening and Early Ray Friday night; Jay Mathey Saturday evening and Simplified Saturday night; and Scott and Woody Sunday. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, therustyrudder.net.
Thirsty Thursday 3rd of July Party
Brace (and pace) yourself: all drinks at the bar will be $3 all night. Music by DJ Wiggz. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com.
Independence Fireworks Parking Lot Party
It’s all-day fun for the whole family, with live music from Burning Bright, and DJ Scott later that night, a bounce house and face painters for kids, dunk tank, cornhole, and more. And there’ll be plenty of drink specials. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Hickory Tavern – Mooresville, 115 Morrison Plantation Pkwy., Mooresville, thehickorytavern.com.
Alive After Five (weekly event)
The city’s largest weekly, after-work party should be particularly festive with most of the attendees having tomorrow off from work. Live music this evening by Mo Money on the rooftop stage. And the nine-week Charlotte Voice singing competition (thecharlottevoice.com) kicks off on the courtyard stage. Plus, when AA5 ends, your wristband gets you into after-parties at several surrounding venues. 5-10 p.m. Free admission. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., aliveafterfives.com/the-epicentre.
Meet the folks from Arrichion Hot Yoga and socialize with other yogis, while enjoying drink specials, light bites, and chances to win prizes. 5:30-8 p.m. Free admission. Nan and Byron’s, 1714 South Blvd., nanandbyrons.com, facebook.com/arrichionhotyogacharlotte.
Summer Fashion Show
Check out the summer’s fashion trends and meet local designers. Hosted by Shauntese Cierra, and music by DJ Yasmin Young. General admission, $10 in advance; VIP, including complimentary food and cocktails, $30. Doors open 8 p.m.; show starts 10 p.m. Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge, 505 E. Sixth St., tannersbistro.com, eventbrite.com/e/tanners-bistro-lounge-summer-fashion-show-tickets-12096959331.
American Dreams: Pre-Independence Day Kickoff
Get a headstart on your weekend of partying, and check out this recently opened bar. Music by DJ Loui Vee. Presented by Round Table, Sol Kitchen, and Blue Goose. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance. Texicali, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., texicalicharlotte.com, americandreams.eventbrite.com.
Friday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!
Kiss Anchor Island July 4th Celebration
It’s a special edition of this weekly yacht party, brought to you by Kiss 95.1 FM, Ragin’ Uptown, and Luxury Yacht Charters. There’s music, food, a cash bar, radio personalities, games, a water slide, and you’re encouraged to bring your swimsuit. Registration and shuttle pick-up, 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.; cruise, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $20. Shuttles depart from Mojos Pub and Grill, 19901 Holiday Lane, Cornelius, kissanchorisland.com.
Fourth Annual Fourth of July Block Party
This Elizabeth block party offers fun on the patios, cornhole, World Cup games on the TVs, music, and plenty of great drink specials. Noon-2 a.m. Free admission. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, Jackalope Jack’s, and The Philosophers Stone Tavern, corner of Seventh St. and N. Caswell St., kennedyscharlotte.com.
Annual Plaza Midwood July 4th Pig Pickin’
Explore one of Charlotte’s most eclectic and lively neighborhoods, with participating venues including The Diamond, Snug Harbor, Midwood Smokehouse, Lulu, Green With Envy, The Thirsty Beaver Saloon, White Rabbit, Bistro La Bon, Pint Central, Salon Twelve26, Petra’s Bar, Common Market, Thomas Street Tavern, One Love Smoke Shop, Twenty-Two, and Elizabeth Billiards. There’ll be live bands performing all day. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Plaza Midwood, 1218 Gordon St., facebook.com/pmpig.
Red, White and Brew Bar Crawl
Sip craft beers and bar hop through the EpiCentre, at participating bars Blackfinn, Whisky River, StrikeCity, Rooftop 210, Vida, Vida Vida, Suite, and Bubble. T-shirt included. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., epicentrenc.com, eventbrite.com/e/red-white-brew-bar-crawl-tickets-12054195423.
Funny Bunny July 4th Cocktail Party
The night will include an open bar of beer and wine, passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, photo booth, and access to the rooftop to watch the fireworks. 8-11 p.m. $50. The Peculiar Rabbit, 1212 Pecan Ave., thepeculiarrabbit.com/events.
Lucy Hale Live
The star of Pretty Little Liars is also a country music singer, who released her debut album last month. She performs a special concert tonight, brought to you by WSOC 103.7 FM. 9 p.m. Free admission. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
Your finest white and bright-colored party attire is requested. Music by DJ DR and DJ Unique. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 10 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $10 in advance; VIP admission, $25; VIP tables available. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whitelights.eventbrite.com.
The Independence Weekend (Friday and Saturday)
Partake in multiple levels of pandemonium, with music by DJ C-Rob, a late-night menu, and specialty cocktails. Presented by Dre Brown, Mike Simmons, and James Rickmond. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; for VIP tables, email@example.com. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St., bluecharlotte.com, feverjuly4.eventbrite.com.
Saturday, July 5
Red, White, and Blue Day Party
Music by DJ Mario the Mic Man. Presented by Black Ice and Jet Setters. 2-8 p.m. Free admission before 4 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $10. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, redwhitebluesuite.eventbrite.com.
JetSet Day Party Presents Ethan & Zoey Five-Year Anniversary Celebration
This installment of the day party series celebrates Ethan & Zoey boutique. Music by DJ Ace. 3-8 p.m. $5-$10. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, jetsetdayparty.eventbrite.com.
DAYscape: The Summer Series
This day party often reaches capacity. Music by DJ Paradime. Presented by King Entertainment. 4-8:30 p.m. $15; for VIP tables, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/vaultnc, kingentevents.com.
Perrin Place Pigs and Pinot Roast
Treat your palate and ears, as this patio-centric event features the pairing of an entrée from the special menu and a pinot flight. Live music by Chris Sanchez. 5-11 p.m. $25. Napa on Providence, 110 Perrin Pl., napaonprovidence.com.
Weekend Jazz Mixer
Saxophonist Derwin Friday of 5th and York band will entertain the crowd at Uptown’s newest martini bar. Presented by The Jazz Diva. 8 p.m. Free admission. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., sydneysmartiniandwinebar.com, jazzdivaevents.com.
[photo credit: facebook.com/sydneysmartiniwinebar]
Sunday, July 6
Tin Roof Sunday (weekly event)
Enjoy drink specials and live music by Warsong and Jeremiah Wilde. 3 p.m. Free admission. Tin Roof, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tinroofbars.com/home/charlotte.
Nothing Was The Same Sun-Day Party: Stars And Stripes Edition
A view of the city from the rooftop, hookah, drink specials, refreshments, and music await at this day party. 4-8 p.m. $10 and up in advance. Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall St., caviarnightlife.com, eventbrite.com/e/nwtss-nothing-was-the-same-sun-day-party-stars-and-stripes-edition-tickets-11876120797.
Sundays on the Patio (weekly event)
NoDa dwellers flock to this shaded patio on Sunday evenings for great food, drinks, and tunes. Live music this week by Brandon and Cameron Berg. 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., heistbrewery.com.
Service industry night goes Hawaiian-style, featuring a limbo and best luau costume contests, hula girls, $5 bowling, $10 BBQ plates, and several drink specials. Music by Boss Austin and DJ Red Party. 5 p.m.-until. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
Sky High Rooftop Day Party and Fashion Show
The fashion show will feature local designers and boutiques, along with DJs, food, and drink specials. Hosted by Fly Ty of V101.9 FM. 6 p.m.-midnight. $20. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., eventbrite.com/e/skyhi-rooftop-day-party-fashion-show-tickets-12089848061.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.