Charlotte communities plan activities for holiday week
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Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

Charlotte communities plan activities for holiday week

Red, white and blue will be the colors of the day as towns and neighborhoods throughout the south Charlotte region offer free, family-friendly parades and activities to celebrate Independence Day.

Mint Hill even kicks off the fun a day early.

Here are highlights of what will be happening:

July 3

Patriotic Concert, Mint Hill: The Queen City Brass Band will present a patriotic concert 7:30 p.m., on the front lawn of Mint Hill Town Hall at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Details: 704-545-9726 or

July 4

• Concert at The Promenade: There will be free music at 10822 Providence Road near the intersection of Providence Road and the Interstate 485 interchange. The band Aerial View will perform 7-10 p.m.

• Concert at StoneCrest at Piper Glen: Skate Rink Jukebox will perform 7-10 p.m. StoneCrest is near the intersection of Rea Road and I-485. The performance is open to the public.

• Concert at Blakeney Shopping Center: Natty Boh will perform 7-10 p.m. The shopping center is in the 9800 block of Rea Road. The performance is open to the public.

• Independence Day parade and celebration in Indian Trail: Festivities begin 9:30 a.m. in front of the Cultural Arts Center at the corner of Indian Trail Road and Navajo Trail.

There will be a flag-raising ceremony 9:45 a.m. and a watermelon-eating contest 10:30 a.m. The parade begins 11:30 a.m.

Bring blankets and picnic baskets and get there early to find a good spot. Details: 704-821-5401 or

• Fun Family 4th in Matthews: Decorate your bikes, scooters and wagons, then join Matthews residents in the People’s Parade.

The parade, which features non-motorized vehicles, starts at Matthews Station Street in front of Town Hall and goes to Stumptown Park at 120 S. Trade St.

Bike decorating starts at 5:30 p.m., and the People’s Parade at 6 p.m. There also will be a concert by Too Much Sylvia at 7 p.m.

All events are open to the public. Details: 704-847-4411 or

• Monroe celebration: Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. in Monroe’s Belk-Tonawanda Park near downtown Monroe.

There will be amusement rides and concessions and a free concert by Journey tribute band Trial By Fire. The band’s performance starts at 7 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Details: 704-282-4500 or

• Waxhaw parade: The parade takes place on Main Street at 10 a.m.

The celebration continues with the Waxhaw Beach Party starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from Jackson Station next to CVS, and the beach party will take place across the street, behind and next to the car wash.

Details: 704-843-2195 or

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at

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