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Where to watch fireworks for Fourth of July
Time to celebrate the nation's independence
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

clientuploads/v38n13photos/fireworks_300.jpgHappy Fourth of July! The nation has celebrated it’s birth, freedom and independence on July 4 for more than two centuries, and this year the tradition continues. Here are a few places to watch the fireworks in and around Charlotte:

Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival – July 3,4

Celebrate the nation’s holiday with two days of family fun, live music and fireworks at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (5000 Whitewater Center Parkway). The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. both days with fireworks at dusk. Admission is free. Parking is $5. For more information, visit www.usnwc.org or call (704) 391-3900.


Carowinds Military Days – July 3, 4

Wednesday and Thursday, Carowinds is offering free admission to all active, inactive and retired U.S. military personnel with valid military I.D.During both days, presentations of the colors, flag ceremonies, performances and all-you-can-eat picnics will take place. And the “Celebrate America” fireworks show will illuminate the sky Thursday night. The park is located at 14523 Carowinds Blvd. For more information, visit www.carowinds.com or call (704) 588-2600.


Novant Health July 4th Spectacular – July 4

Grab a few blankets and stop by Memorial Stadium (310 N. Kings Dr.) Thursday for Charlotte’s largest fireworks display. Arrive early for family-friendly activities, food and non-alcoholic drinks from 6 – 9 p.m. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5. Visit www.charlottecentercity.org or call (704) 332-2227 for more information.


Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – June 3

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is giving special patriotic performance featuring cannon salutes and fireworks Wednesday at Symphony Park (4400 Sharon Rd.). Gates open at 5 p.m. Prelude acts begin at 7 p.m. and the symphony’s performance will follow at 8:15 p.m.Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 18. For more, visit www.charlottesymphony.org or call (704) 972-2000.


Fireworks over Lake Wylie – July 4

Lake Wylie provides a picturesque backdrop for the community’s annual firework display. Thursday at dusk (approximately 9:45 p.m.) the show will begin by the Buster Boyd Bridge (S.C. Highway 49 at Lake Wylie). Some of the best viewing spots include the Buster Boyd Bridge boat landing, T-Bones on the Lake outside deck, and the Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza.


WBT/Knights Sky Show – July 3

Wednesday evening the Charlotte Knights baseball team takes on the Durham Bulls at 7:15 p.m. Following the game atKnights Stadium (2280 Deerfield Dr., Fort Mil, S.C.), will be the annual fireworks show. Tickets are $8-$15. Visit www.charlotteknights.com or call (704) 357-8071 for more information.


Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’ and Block Party – July 4

Want some good BBQ this holiday? Hang out on Gordon Street in Plaza Midwood and enjoy food, drink, street performances and live music all beginning at 4 p.m. Hang out past dusk and see the city fireworks without leaving the party.


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