From family fun to 21-plus parties, here are some ideas for how to spend your Fourth of July weekend.
Summer Pops — Celebrate America: Summer Pops’ finale, a patriotic concert, will include “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Services Salute,” “Liberty Fanfare” and more. The concert — which begins at 8:15 p.m. — will be followed by a fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m. and a prelude act will start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here; online ticket sales will end at noon July 1, but you can purchase tickets in person at Symphony Park starting at 4 p.m.
Cost: $16 for adults but free for those under 18.
Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte.
Pop-up Ballantyne Beer Garden: The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge will host the event, which will feature live music from Wicked Powers and Pluto for Planet, on its South Lawn from noon to 7 p.m. There will also be local beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, a cookout and a drawing for prizes.
Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte.
Charlotte Firecracker 5K: Following the 5K — which takes runners around Old Providence neighborhood — enjoy a pool party at Windyrush Country Club, with music, food and drinks. There will also be be a Family Fun Run for both kids and grownups. You can register for both races here. You can park for the race at at Olde Providence Elementary School.The 5K starts at 7 p.m., and childcare will be provided between 6 and 8 p.m. (Click here to sign up for that.)
Cost: 5K tickets cost $30 and Family Fun Run tickets cost $15 up until race day, when the cost increases to $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Family Fun Run.
Location: Olde Providence Elementary School/Parking/Race Start — 3800 Rea Road, Charlotte; Race End/Pool Party (Windyrush Country Club) — 6441 Windyrush Road, Charlotte.
U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 4th of July Festival: The festival will include live performances by The Wood Brothers, The Congress and more; there will be fireworks shows each night and a cornhole tournament both days at 3 p.m. (It costs $30 for you and a partner to enter the cornhole tournament.)
Cost: Free entry but parking costs $5.
Location: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte.
Carowinds’ Celebrate America Fireworks Show: Watch one of the Carolinas’ largest fireworks displays starting at 10 p.m. July 3 and 4.
Also, between July 2-4, all service members (active, inactive or retired) will receive free admittance into Carowinds by showing a valid military ID. Servicemen and women can also receive discounted tickets for family members.
Location: 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C.
WBT SkyShow Charlotte: Its street festival, on Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark from 2-10 p.m., will boast live music, an interactive kids area, food and drinks — including adult beverages — bounce houses, slides, a rock wall, kids crafts, face painting and more.
The Charlotte Knights will be playing inside the stadium starting at 6:05 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here. Following the game, those in and outside of the stadium can watch SkyShow’s fireworks display, which is the largest in the Southeast. (Pro tip: Here’s Skyshow’s list of the best places to watch the display outside of the stadium.)
Cost: Street festival and show are free. Knights game tickets start at $10.
Location: Street Festival: On Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in front of BB&T Ballpark (324 S Mint St., Charlotte.)
Craft City Social Club’s 4th of July Splash Bash: From noon to 6 p.m., enjoy the 21-plus party’s poolside barbecue — prepared by executive chef Oscar La Fuente — and its “Red, White & Blue Sparkle and Pop” prosecco popsicles. Barrel-aged craft cocktail flights will also be available. Josh Daniel & Friends will be performing live from 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here; cabanas can also be rented for $250.
Location: Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell Street, Charlotte, N.C.
The Charlotte Museum of History’s Independence Day Celebration: The museum will host a family-friendly Independence Day celebration, complete with crafts, cake and lemonade, lectures, and tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site. There will also be a ringing of the American Freedom Bell.
Cost: Free for members; $5 for the public and $20 for families. Those interested can register online.
Location: 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.
For even more options, check out this list from Charlotte on the Cheap.
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Photo: Robert Lahser, Charlotte Observer