Fourth of July Weekend Social Events in Charlotte
From the largest fireworks show in the Southeast to patriotic Popsicles, Charlotte rings in Independence Day this year with a bang, a whizz and a pop.
It’s Independence Day weekend, Charlotte. That means the annual fireworks festivals you’ve grown to love with a first-time pool party from a new power player in the social scene and more. Bottoms up to America’s 240th. With her amber waves of grain, she doesn’t look a day over 230. See y’all out there!
Thursday, June 30
The popular monthly networking night turns two this month, and you’re invited to the birthday party. The first 100 people to arrive get a free beer, so don’t be tardy to this party. The festivities are at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road, this month, starting at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee.
Friday, July 1
The final edition of Summer Pops goes out with a few bangs tonight as the Charlotte Symphony features a cadre of patriotic music followed by fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. Tickets cost $16, but children get in for free. Buy tickets here.
Red, White and Blue Bash
The Founding Fathers would truly be proud of this celebration Whisky River’s throwing. For just $6, you can get your own red, white and blue shot. Plus, all active military members get in free with the proper identification. The celebration of all things America starts at 9 p.m. at 210 E. Trade St.
Silent Disco Independence Rave
Celebrate America the way the signers of the Constitution intended: with a silent disco. Throw on your best red, white and blue and get ready to dance. Admission is free, but a VIP pass costs $20 and includes a T-shirt, glow sticks and two drink tickets. The Independence Rave starts at 9 p.m. at Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St. Buy your VIP passes here.
Saturday, July 2
Mimosa Brunch Cruise
If the words “mimosa brunch cruise” don’t sound patriotic, we don’t know what words do. Hop aboard the Lady of the Lake yacht and celebrate America today. A ticket on board with a mimosa bar and brunch costs about $80. The boat starts boarding at 12:30 p.m., departs at 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Buy your tickets here.
Red, White and Brew Bar Crawl
Celebrate America’s birthday by enjoying craft brews, free admission and discounts at participating EpiCentre bars, including Blackfinn, Whisky River, Strike City, Rooftop 210, Vida, Vida Vida, Suite, Bubble, Howl at the Moon, Tin Roof, Wild Wing Cafe and Mortimer’s. Registration runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Rooftop 210. 210 E. Trade St. Tickets cost $15 and include a T-shirt. Buy your ticket here.
Waxhaw Independence Day Celebration
The Waxhaw Independence Day Celebration comes complete with a parade, beach party and, of course, fireworks. The parade on Main Street begins at 10 a.m. The Beach Party runs from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The event is free, but for more information, go here.
Sunday, July 3
Ballantyne Beer Garden
The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, hosts a pop-up beer garden today from noon until 7 p.m. The beer garden on the resort’s south lawn features live music, craft beer, a cookout and raffles. There is no admission fee.
4th of July Festival
The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts its annual Independence Day festival today and Monday with live music and fireworks. The celebration begins today at 3 with a cornhole tournament and live music beginning at 4 and fireworks starting at 9:30. The schedule is the same tomorrow. Cornhole tournament registration costs $30 per team. Register and reserve your spot in the terrace for an added view of the party for $45 here. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.
Red, White and Brew Bash
Howl at the Moon, 210 E. Trade St., is celebrating America’s birthday with non-stop live music, dancing, drinks, fun games and prizes. Wear red, white and blue for free admission to this party featuring $3 Sam Adams, $6 1800 Margarita cocktails and $20 86-ounce firework buckets.
Monday, July 4
Is there anything more American than baseball and fireworks on the Fourth of July? This patriotic festival features a street party, games, food a baseball game pitting the Charlotte Knights against the Pawtucket Red Sox and a fireworks show following the game billed as the Southeast’s largest. The party is at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. Tickets start at $11, and you can buy them here.
4th of July Festival
The U.S. National Whitewater Center continues its annual Independence Day festival today with live music and fireworks. The celebration begins today at 3 with a cornhole tournament and live music beginning at 4 and fireworks starting at 9:30. Cornhole tournament registration costs $30 per team. Register and reserve your spot in the terrace for an added view of the party for $45 here. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.
Fourth of July Splash Bash
With a poolside barbecue, “Red, White and Blue Sparkle and Pop” prosecco Popsicles, craft cocktails and more, this is the grown-ups go-to spot for Independence Day. Tickets to the day party from noon until 6 at Craft City Social Club, 555 S. McDowell St., cost $20. Buy them here.
Lake Wylie Fireworks
Hop aboard a boat on the lake or gather round with a blanket and picnic basket at this annual fireworks show. Fireworks begin after 9 p.m., and the spectacular in the sky is free to watch.
Indian Trail July 4th Parade
While the Independence Day parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m., will be wonderful, it’s the watermelon-eating contest that’s the big draw here. The day’s events are free. For more information, go here.
Gastonia July 4th Festival
Eight city blocks of Gastonia await you at this annual Independence Day festival. Also at this birthday celebration for America will be: live music, food, crafts, jewelry, games, art, music, entertainment, eating contests, carnival rides and, of course, fireworks that start at about 9:15 p.m. There is no admission fee.
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