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Fourth of July celebrations go off with a bang

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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Veterans unfurl a large American flag at the start of the WBT Sky Show 2014 at BB&T Ball Park.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The WBT Skyshow 2014 on the 4th of July in BB&T Ball Park.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The WBT Skyshow 2014 on the 4th of July in BB&T Ball Park.

Hundreds gathered at Romare Bearden Park to enjoy fireworks, hot dogs and entertainment for the Fourth of July Friday.

Blankets and coolers covered the edges of the park. Families relaxed under umbrellas to escape the heat, or passed soccer balls in the open field.

At the street festival, which closed parts of South Mint Street, parents munched on treats from street vendors while children played in bouncy houses, climbed the rock wall and jumped into a Ferris wheel.

The fireworks at the BB&T Ballpark came after the Charlotte Knights’ 7 p.m. sellout game. They were the only uptown fireworks display this year.

Sarah Auchincloss, whose family had a picnic in the park before watching fireworks, said the scene reminded her of Fourth of July celebrations in small towns.

“It’s just in the middle of a city,” she said.

Williams: 704-358-5294; Twitter: @byclairew
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