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Charlotte-area Independence Day celebrations

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, many of the events marking Independence Day are scheduled for a day early this year.

Here is a schedule of Independence Day holiday festivals, fireworks and other events.

Thursday, July 3

Charlotte – SouthPark: Charlotte Symphony Celebrate America! concert at Symphony Park, 8:15 p.m., with fireworks at show's end.

Charlotte – Uptown: BB&T Ballpark, after the Team USA-Chinese Taipei game, 7 p.m.

Charlotte – U.S. National Whitewater Center: Festival, 4-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Cherryville: Festival, 4-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Faith: Faith Fourth Celebration, 6-10:30 p.m.

Gastonia: Fireworks after Gastonia Grizzlies 7 p.m. baseball game, Sims Legion Park.

Harrisburg: 17th annual July 4th Celebration; 4-10 p.m., Harrisburg Park, with music and games; fireworks, 10 p.m.

Hickory: Happy Birthday America Parade, 11 a.m., Beaver Memorial Library.

Mooresville: 8th annual Summer Celebration, at Lowe’s YMCA; festival, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Oakboro: 56th annual 4th of July Festival, 6-11:30 p.m.

Rock Hill: Red, White and Boom Festival; festival, 7-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 4

Banner Elk: Party in the Park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; parade, 11 a.m., Main Street.

Belmont: Red, White and Belmont Festival; festival, 6:30-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Blowing Rock – Tweetsie Railroad: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Boone: Parade, 11 a.m., downtown; festival, 7-9:30 p.m.., Clawson-Burney Park; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Casar: Festival and car show, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Casar Park; fireworks, 10 p.m.

Charlotte – Carowinds: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Charlotte – Coulwood: Parade, 9 a.m., from Coulwood Middle School to Paw Creek Elementary School; festival, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Charlotte – Hickory Grove: Parade, 10:30 a.m., on Hickoery Grove Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard; festival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church.

Charlotte – Plaza Midwood: Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Pig Picking, 4-9 p.m., Gordon Street; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.

Charlotte – Uptown: SkyShow, at BB&T Ballpark, after the 7 p.m. Charlotte Knights-Norfolk Tides game. Street festival, 3-7 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park.

Charlotte – U.S. National Whitewater Center: Festival, 4-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Cornelius – Peninsula: 9:30 p.m., at Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive.

Dallas: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Cloninger Park, Oakland and Church streets.

Davidson: People’s Parade, 5:30 p.m.; Concert on the Green, 6 p.m.

Faith: Faith Fourth Celebration; parade, 10 a.m.; festival, noon-11 p.m.; fireworks, 10:30 p.m.

Fort Mill: Music and firing of the cannon, 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church.

Gastonia: Red, White and Southern Festival, downtown; festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m.

Hamlet: Festival, 6-10 p.m., on Main Street; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Harrisburg: 17th annual July 4th Celebration; parade, 9:30 a.m., on N.C. 49; festival, 4-11:30 p.m., at Harrisburg Park, fireworks, 10 p.m. Shuttle buses operating from Hickory Ridge High, Covenant Church, Harrisburg Town Center and Harrisburg Lions Club.

Hickory: Fireworks after Hickory Crawdads’ 7 p.m. game against SAvannah Sand Gnats, L.P. Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd. N.W.

Indian Trail: Festival, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; parade, 11:30 a.m.

Kannapolis: All-American Community Celebration, at Kannapolis Intimidators’ ballpark; festival, 6-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. (no Intimidators game).

Kings Mountain: Revolutionary Fourth; festival and war encampment, 2-10 p.m.; cannon firing and pipe band, 9 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Activities at Rick Murphey Children’s Park, N.C . 161.

Lake Wylie: Fireworks, 9 p.m., at Buster Boyd Bridge.

Lattimore: Parade, 9 a.m.

Lenoir: Festival, 5-10 p.m., Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry Street S.W.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Lincolnton: People’s Parade, 8:30 p.m., East Main and Cedar streets; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Matthews: 5 p.m., People’s Parade in downtown; festival and concert, 5:30-9 p.m., Stumptown Park.

McConnells (S.C.) – Historic Brattonsville: Games, re-enactments, food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monroe: Concert, 7-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. At Belk Tonawanda Park.

Mooresboro: Festival, 6-10 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Mooresville – The Point: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. over Lake Norman.

Morganton: Festival, 2-10 p.m., at Catawba Meadows Park; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Moss Lake: Parade on the lake, 2 p.m.

Oakboro: 56th annual 4th of July Festival, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; parade, 9 a.m.; fireworks, 11:30 p.m.

Rutherfordton: Festival and Soap Box Derby, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; People’s Parade, 10 a.m.

Valdese: Festival, 7-9 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Unionville: Festival, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m.

Wadesboro: Festival, 6:30-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Waxhaw: Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; parade, 10 a.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

York (S.C.): Festival, 6-10 p.m., at York Middle School, 1000 Devinney Road; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Beech Mountain: 47th annual Roasting of the Hog Festival, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at base of mountain resort; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Belmont: Red, White and Belmont Festival, 2-10 p.m.

Blowing Rock: Festival, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; parade, 2 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Charlotte – Uptown: Memorial Stadium, after the 7 p.m. Charlotte Hounds-Rochester Rattlers lacrosse game.

Faith: Faith Fourth Celebration, 1-10 p.m.

Oakboro: 56th annual 4th of July Festival, 6-11:30 p.m.

Taylorsville: Flag pole dedication, 9:30 a.m., county administration building; parade, 10:30 a.m., on Main Avenue; festival, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Watts Field; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 6

Belmont: Red, White and Belmontr Festival, 2-10 p.m.; concert, 7-9:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

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