No matter where you are in the Charlotte region, you can find Fourth of July fireworks and festivals. Here are a few. Find more at charlotteonthecheap.com/4th-of-july-2012/.
Presbyterian Hospital July Fourth Spectacular
6 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Dr. charlottecentercity.org
Enjoy fun family activities starting at 6 p.m., followed by live music by Early Ray and then Charlotte’s biggest fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Coca-Cola Fourth of July Festival
4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org
The Whitewater Center’s two-day festival includes three live bands each evening starting at 4 p.m., fireworks over the whitewater river both nights when it gets dark and free samples of Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream all day. Admission is free and parking costs $5.
Fantastic Fireworks Display
9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge – S.C. 49 at Lake Wylie, S.C. 803-831-2827. lakewyliesc.com
Best viewings are at the Buster Boyd Bridge boat landing, the outside deck at T-Bones on the Lake, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, and Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant.
Harrisburg Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks
5 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. Wednesday. Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. 704-455-5614. harrisburgnc.org
Harrisburg’s two-day festival starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday with live music by Pushh and Shaggie Maggie. On Wednesday, there will be a parade starting at 9 a.m. on Highway 49 and then the park will open at 10:30 a.m. with games, a Battle of the Bands at 1 p.m., vendors and amusements at 5 p.m. and live music by Tim Clark Band and Da Throwback Band. On both nights, fireworks will be shown at 10 p.m.
July 3 Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA
4 p.m. Tuesday. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville. 704-716-4000. ymcacharlotte.org/branches/lowes
Celebrate on Tuesday with live music, vendors, bounce houses, kids’ games, face painting and fireworks.
Red, White and Belmont
6:30-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St., Belmont. 704-825-8191. cityofbelmont.org
Belmont celebrates Independence Day with a three-day festival from Friday through Sunday. Festivities will include live music, watermelon and apple pie eating contests, carnival rides, vendors, a car show and other entertainment. On Friday and Sunday nights fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.