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Your one-stop shop for all Charlotte fireworks events this weekend

In the words of Katy Perry, you have a spark and “you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July.”

Come on, let your colors burst this 4th of July! Luckily, Charlotte is a verifiable mecca for all things fireworks-related this weekend, so you have plenty of options for showing your patriotism.

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July 2

KANNAPOLIS

Village Park: 7 p.m. – Catch 22 acapella performance. 8:15 p.m. – Charlotte Symphony performance. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. Free. 8th Street Greenway. 704-920-4343. 

July 3

MOORESVILLE

Lowes YMCA: 4 p.m. – opens. 5:30 p.m. – entertainment. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. Free. 170 Joe V Knox Ave. 704-716-4000.

BELMONT

Red, White and Belmont: 6-10 p.m. – Coming up Brass performance. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. Free. Main Street. 704-825-5586.

ROCK HILL

Red, White and BOOM: 5:30 p.m. – kid zone opens, Black Street parking lot. 6:15 p.m. – ice cream eating contest, Black Street. 8 p.m. – The Fantasy Band performance. 10 p.m. – fireworks. $10 kid zone wrist band. Concert is free. 144 E. Black St. 803-329-8756. .

CHARLOTTE

U.S. National Whitewater Center: 8:30 a.m. – park opens. 4 p.m. – Shook Twins performance. 5 p.m. – cornhole tournament. 6 p.m. – Honeycutters performance. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. $45 VIP, including special viewing and special food and beverage access. $5 parking. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. 

USNWC Fireworks

Summer Pops: 5 p.m. – gate open, 7 p.m. – prelude performance. 8:15 p.m. – Charlotte Symphony performance of “Celebrate America!” Mix of patriotic songs, ’50s songs and Michael Jackson tributes. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. $14.92. 4400 Sharon Road. 704-972-2000.

BB&T Ballpark: 7:05 p.m. – Knights vs. Gwinnett first pitch. Fireworks follow. $8 standing room available. 324 S. Mint St. 704-274-8300. 

July 4

CHARLOTTE

SkyShow: 2-10 p.m. – SkyShow Street Party, Mint Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 6:05 p.m. – USA vs. Cuba first pitch, BB&T Ballpark. Fireworks follow. Times depend on length of game. $8 standing room available. 324 S. Mint St. 704-374-3720. 

USNWC: 8:30 a.m. – park opens. 3 p.m. – cornhole tournament. Various events. $45 VIP. $35 Big Drop Party. $30 per cornhole team. $5 parking. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. 

Carowinds: 10 p.m. fireworks. Regular admission, $44.99. 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 803-548-5300. 

WAXHAW

July 4th Celebration: 10 a.m. – parade, Main Street. 4:30-8:30 p.m. – beach party. 7 p.m. – Smokin’ and Audio Wine will perform. 9:15 p.m. – fireworks. View from nearby Food Lion parking lot, 1301 N. Broome St. 704-843-2195. 

LAKE NORMAN

Queens Landing: 9 p.m. – fireworks cruise. $75 per person. 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 1459 River Highway. 704-663-2628. 

MONROE

Belk-Tonawanda Park: 4:30 p.m. – amusement rides open. 7-9:30 p.m. Darrell Harwood performance. 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Skyway Drive. 704-282-4500.

LAKE WYLIE

Tega Cay: 9-10:30 a.m. – land parade, Tega Cay Drive. 11 a.m. – boat parade, Nivens Creek Landing. 9:30 p.m. – fireworks, Glennon Center lawn. 15083 Molokai Drive. 803-548-3500. 

Buster Boyd Bridge: 9:45 – fireworks. View from the bridge or surrounding areas such as the Buster Boyd Bridge boat landing. 803-831-2827. 

HARRISBURG

Harrisburg Park: 9 a.m. – parade, N.C. 49. 4 p.m. – Harrisburg Park opens. 4:15 p.m. – Mayor’s Invitational Cornhole Tournament. 5-9:30 p.m. – Zach Ludlham and Ken Knox & Company perform. 10 p.m. – fireworks. 191 Sims Parkway. 704-455-7275. 

KANNAPOLIS

CMC-NorthEast Stadium: 9:30 p.m. – fireworks. 6 p.m. – children’s activities begin. $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under or seniors over 55. 2888 Moose Road. 704-932-3267. 

Photo: The Charlotte Observer File and Diedra Laird


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