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Catch these views: the best places to see fireworks July 4

Courtesy of Charlotte Symphony
Courtesy of Charlotte Symphony

We all know the itinerary for later this week — it’s almost Independence Day, where we will stuff ourselves with grilled food, hang out with friends and family, then end the night with an amazing fireworks display.

There’s something magical about gathering with a bunch of people to ooh and ahh as the sky literally comes alive. If you decide to venture out, you should definitely plan to head to one of these locations for a dope view and awesome vibes:

(1) Carowinds

300 Carowinds Boulevard

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Courtesy of Carowinds

Enjoy one of the area’s largest fireworks shows after spending a day riding some of your favorite adrenaline-pumping rides.

As soon as nightfall hits, the theme park that straddles the state line will present displays to the sounds patriotic music. If you can’t make it out on the holiday, they will have a second show on Friday. Both shows are scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m.

For all active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps — take advantage of free admission during the park’s annual Military Days going on June 29 – July 7.

Pro Tip: The best spots to catch the action are near Harmony Hall, the plaza stage by the front entrance and Carousel Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to catch the show while twisting and turning on a roller coaster.

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(2) Harrisburg Park

191 Sims Pkwy, Harrisburg

Catch this holiday celebration just north of the city. Get there early to secure your spot in the park, then spend the day enjoying the festivities.

There will be tons of food, a few carnival rides, as well as live music and entertainment. Then sit back in your chair or lay out on your picnic blanket and watch the sky transform. The actual fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m. Whoa — you know that will be one amazing show if it lasts for 90 minutes.

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(3) Lake Wylie — Buster Boyd Bridge

Start your day at the sandbar and finish it anchored near the Buster Boyd Bridge, where you can enjoy your fireworks show with a gentle rocking of the pontoon. If you don’t have a boat, not to worry: the show can still be seen via land.

Get there early to stake out your spot in the afternoon at Lake Wylie Plaza, according to the York County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. You can’t park on N.C. 49 near the bridge. The show is free and donations are accepted.

(4) Merchant + Trade

303 S Church St.

Merchant & Trade fireworks
Courtesy of Merchant & Trade

Stand almost eye-level with Charlotte’s annual Skyshow. The fireworks display will be set off from BB&T Ballpark. Spend your day with entertainment and fun in the streets near Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just outside of the ballpark.

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Once you’re done, head up to the amazing rooftop to see the show from a view that’s pretty hard to believe. What’s better than catching the action from up above?

If you need other suggestions for the best spots to catch the show around Uptown, check out this list.

(5) Symphony Park

4400 Sharon Road

Grab your family, a large picnic blanket, and head over to Symphony Park for a night of music and fun.

The Charlotte Symphony will play patriotic classics including ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and ‘America the Beautiful.’ The festivities will end with a fireworks display.

Tickets are $18 in advance for adults and $5 for children 13-18. Ages 12 and under attend for free. Day of the event is $2 extra.

(6) U.S. National Whitewater Center

 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

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Courtesy of U.S. National Whitewater Center

Nothing screams Fourth of July like being near water, and the Whitewater Center is definitely the place to be.

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In honor of the 4th, the center will host 2 days of festivities. Starting July 3, you can start your turn-up with SUP yoga on the Catawba. Then stick around all day for jam-packed activities like a SUP Battle Royal, where competitors will go head-to-head on their boards in an all out sprint for the finish line.

Of course, there will be plenty of tunes throughout the day to keep you dancing.

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The fireworks show will start around 9:30 p.m. each night. Be sure to mark your spot for the best seat in the house early in the day — it will definitely be a packed house. However, almost anywhere in the venue will bring a pretty great vantage point.

In addition to fireworks, there will be plenty of people celebrating with parades, festivals and concerts. Check out more options here.