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4th of July fireworks & events (Updated)
Where to celebrate Independence Day 2014
Published Monday, June 30, 2014 1:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Here's a list of events and firework displays to celebrate Independence Day. 

Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series @ Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 1

This family fun event returns Tuesday with a Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza in addition to a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for kids 13 and under. Visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for tickets or more information.

Harrisburg July 4th Celebration @ Harrisburg Park, July 2-4

This three-day festival includes a parade, amusements, military tribute, beauty pageant, live music and the mayor's corn hole tournament. Admission is free. Festival hours are Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, 4-10:30 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Call (704) 455-7275 or visit harrisburgnc.org for more information.

USNWC 4th of July Festival @ 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, July 3-4

Enjoy two days of family fun at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, listening to live music andwatching the fireworks light up over the whitewater of the Catawba River. Cost is $5 for parking.  Hours are 3:30-10 p.m. each day. Call (704) 391-3900 or visit usnwc.org for more information.

Funny Bunny Cocktail Party @ Peculiar Rabbit (1212 Pecan Ave.), July 4, 8-11 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and include open bar (beer and wine only), party favors, passed appetizers, Fun Mugs Photo Booth with props and a roof top firework display. 

WBT Skyshow Charlotte @ BB&T Ballpark (324 S. Mint Street), July 4

The party begins with a street festival at 3 p.m. that includes interactive kids activities, a Ferris wheel and live entertainment. Then, watch the Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides and stick around for the largest firework show of the season. Game tickets start at $10. For more details, visit www.wbt.com/skyshowcharlotte.

White & Light Colored Affair @ Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, July 4, 9 p.m.

A fashionable event in Uptown Charlotte to commemorate Independence Day, this grand affair will feature the sounds of DJ DR and DJ Unique. Dress to impress, as photographers will surely be working the room like a mob of paparazzi. Food and cocktails are available for purchase. Admission is free before 10 p.m. with RSVP at www.whitelights.eventbrite.com.

Plaza Midwood 4th of July Pig Pickin,’ July 4

This annual celebration, held in Plaza Midwood, features live music, beer, food, fireworks and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pmpig, for more information.

Music in the Vineyard @ Raffaldini Vineyards, July 4, 12-4 p.m.

Relax and enjoy the summer weather with a glass of wine and a live performance by the Nita B. Jazz Duo. Fill up your picnic baskets at Raffaldini’s fully stocked deli case. Café Gelato of Winston Salem will also be onsite serving up their homemade Italian Gelato. Visit www.raffaldini.com for more information.

Red, White & Brew Bar Crawl @ EpiCentre, July 4, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Enjoy craft beer, free cover and discounts at Blackfinn, Whisky River, Strike City, Rooftop 210, Vida, Vida Vida, Suite and Bubble. Registration is 7-9 p.m. at Rooftop 210. Tickets are $16 and available online at eventbrite.com.

Fever Summer Solstice Cocktail Reception @ Blue, July 4, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

After the fireworks have gone off, it’s going to be pandemonium with the unpredictable DJ C Rob at this Independence Day celebration presented by A 2 Z Entertainment. The kitchen will be open late night. Discounted tickets are available on eventbrite.com.

Jazz @ the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, July 4-5, 6 p.m.

Celebrate 4th of July weekend the Bechtler presents a special two-night concert with vocalist Maria Howell and the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 with general admission. Call (704) 353-9200 or visit www.bechtler.org for more information.

Stars on the Square @ Burnsville Town Square, July 5

Celebrate Independence Day in Yancey County with a fun firework display followed by a unique stargazing experience. The Blue Ridge Astronomy Group says viewers can expect a special celestial occurrence that night as Mars will be at connection with the moon, which will at first quarter. High-powered telescopes will be set up for viewing stars, constellations, planets and satellites. Once the stargazing begins, all town lights near the square are turned off, while traffic is detoured to reduce headlight glare. The fun begins at dark. No charge to attend. Contact Bob Hampton at (828) 675-4449 or visit www.blueridgeastronygroup.com for more information. For lodging info, visit www.yanceychamber.com.

Dayscape The Summer Series @ Vault, July 5, 4-8:30 p.m.

At this 4th of July weekend celebration presented by King Entertainment, sip premium cocktails while mingling with young professionals and enjoying the scenic views from Vault’s rooftop terrace. DJ Paradime will be in the building. General admission tickets start at $10 and are available at www.kingentevents.com. For VIP table reservations, contact Brooks at (704) 336-9139 or Brooks@KingEntEvents.com

New Edition @ PNC Music Pavilion, July 5

OK, so this concert has nothing to do with Independence Day, but it is happening over the holiday weekend. Besides, who needs an excuse to see New Edition perform? The concert alone is worthy of a celebration. Tickets are $37-$147.50. Visit livenation.com or call (704) 549-5555 for more information.

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