July 4 weekend is full of events around the lake
Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2014

July 4 weekend is full of events around the lake

Taking a turn from the typical Fourth of July celebration, the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center will host a Super Soaker dash for children ages 3-10 as part of the holiday weekend festivities.

It’s not the typical water-balloon filled race with a few well-placed water guns; the dash takes “soak” to the extreme. The local fire stations are planning to use their hoses to ensure no kid goes un-soaked.

That’s not the only fun to be had around Independence Day. Whether you’re looking for heart-racing activities or relaxing evenings, Lake Norman does not disappoint this Fourth of July. From good food, live music, kid-friendly games and fireworks, there is something for every member of the family.

Here is a list of some events and activities :


Mingling on the Green Concert Series: Enjoy music with the whole family on the greens of Birkdale Village all weekend, featuring The Glass Hammers, Nita B. & Her Soiree, and Exit 54. 7-9 p.m. July 4 and 5, and 4-6 p.m. July 6, Birkdale Commons Parkway. Free.

10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Fun at Birkdale Village with float decorating, kids activities, music, and food. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4, 8712 Lindholm Drive. Free.

Hickory Tavern Independence Fireworks Parking Lot Party: Live music, food, kids activities, and fireworks, hosted by Hickory Tavern. 4-11 p.m., music at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, 115 Morrison Plantation Parkway. Free.

Firecracker 5K and Super Soaker Dash: Adult 5K and kids 100-yard water dash, with prizes for the top three finishers. Registration comes with a day pass to the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center splash pool. 7:45 and 9, registration starts at 5:30 July 5, 11725 Verhoeff Drive. Cost: Adults $25/$30; children, $8/$10.


Fourth of July Parade: Classic Fourth parade in the center of Davidson, 5-7 p.m. July 4, South and Main streets. Free.

Concert on the Green: Take a picnic or buy food from local vendors while enjoying live music with the family 6-8 p.m. July 4. Free.


Summer Celebration: Lowe’s YMCA celebration with live entertainment, kids games and fireworks with proceeds benefiting YMCA’s annual campaign, 4-10 p.m. July 3, 70 Joe Knox Ave. Free admission.

Music on the Main: Live music, featuring Ken Knox and Company in front of the Town Hall, 6:30-9 p.m. July 4, 413 N. Main St. Free

Queen’s Landing Celebration: Live music by the water, 8-11 p.m. July 4, 1459 River Highway. $10.


Westport parade: Parade with prizes for best decorated float, 10 a.m. July 4, Fairfield Forest Drive.

Fourth of July breakfast: Sponsored by Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church. Pancakes before the parade that benefit Webb’s Chapel missions. All you can eat, $10; kids under 12 $5. Take out $10. 8-11 a.m. July 4, 4640 Webbs Chapel Church Road.


Signal Hill Mall Fireworks: Craft show and bazaar in the mall with entertainment for kids, 5:30-10 p.m., fireworks 9:30 p.m. July 3, 1685 E. Broad St. Free.

5th Annual Independence Day 5K Race and Fun Run: Runners will get a free guest pass to use the pool for the day. Register online at www.statesvilleswimclub.com or at the event. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m., July 4, 152 Racquet Lane. Registration is $25.

University City

Metrolina Expo Firecracker Classic Weekend: Vintage open air market, food, drinks and fireworks. 9 a.m.-5.p.m. July 3-5 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte 28269. Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12 and younger free.

Bacon: 704-358-5353; Twitter: @erindbacon

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