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 www.minthill.com.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 www.indiantrail.org. • Fun Family 4th in Matthews: Decorate your bikes, scooters and wagons, then join Matthews residents in the Peoples 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 Peoples 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 www.matthewsnc.gov. • Monroe celebration: Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. in Monroes 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 bands performance starts at 7 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Details: 704-282-4500 or www.monroenc.org. • 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 www.waxhaw.com.
Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014
Charlotte communities plan activities for holiday week
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