You won’t have to travel far for some Independence Day festivities if you’re staying in town for July 4.Here are some highlights of the fun, many free, events planned:• Mint Hill: 7:30 p.m. July 3. The town’s annual concert series wraps with a free Patriotic Concert by the Queen City Brass Band in front of Town Hall, 4430 Mint Village Lane. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Details: 704-545-9726.• SouthPark area: 7 p.m. July 3. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will present “Celebrate America!” at Symphony Park. The performance is a patriotic concert starting at 8 p.m. There will be fireworks after the show.Lakeside Drive Band will play beach music beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are $10 for adults; anyone younger than 18 is admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online until noon July 3 – www.charlottesymphony.org – or at the gate beginning 4 p.m.The gate opens at 5 p.m. Bring blankets and low lawn chairs. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, is behind SouthPark mall.• Indian Trail: 9:30 a.m. July 4. There will be a celebration and parade; festivities begin 9:30 a.m. in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 100 Navajo Trail. There will be a watermelon-eating contest at 10:30 a.m.The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. There also will be bounce houses, live music, historical presentations and other entertainment. Details: www.indiantrail.org.• Matthews: 5:30 p.m. July 4. Meet at the Town Green (in front of Town Hall) to decorate bicycles, scooters and wagons with free patriotic items provided by the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.The People’s Parade begins 6 p.m. and travels to Stumptown Park.Enjoy games and activities in the park 6:30-7 p.m., followed by a free concert by Too Much Sylvia. Details: www.matthewsnc.gov.• Waxhaw: 10 a.m. July 4. The Independence Day Parade on Main Street will be followed by a daylong beach festival featuring live music and entertainment, water slides and other water entertainment. Enjoy fireworks when the sun goes down. Details: www.waxhaw.com.• Monroe: 4:30 p.m. July 4. Celebration at Belk-Tonawanda Park, Skyway Drive. Rides and concessions start at 4:30 p.m. A free concert featuring the Tim Clark Band begins at 7 p.m.; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Details: www.monroenc.org.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Towns primed for holiday
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer for Union News. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at email@example.com.
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