From 1776 to today, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence from England. Festivities range from fireworks, parades, concerts along with family gatherings. Here’s a sampling of public events.
Jerry K Crump Statue Dedication: Join the Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 10-11 a.m. July 4 for the dedication of the Jerry K. Crump statue at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza, 21445 Catawba Ave. Cpl. Crump served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. American Legion Post 86 Cmdr. Mike Puckett will lead the ceremony that will include a welcome from Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis. Lt. General Thomas C. Waskow will be the keynote speaker.
Fireworks: A display at dusk at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, on July 4. The public can view the fireworks from special areas on the golf course. Bring chairs and blankets.
Concert on the Green: Da Throwback Band performs 6-8 p.m. July 4 on the Davidson Town Green, Main Street. Bring your chairs and blankets; coolers are OK. www.concertsonthegreen.com/about.htm.
Festival and fireworks: Country music super star Collin Raye is the feature concert at the July1 Denver Area Business Association 17th annual event. This free event will also have performances from Kelby Costner, Bruce Hedrick, Ben Cockman and Eternal Vision appearing. Gates open 4 p.m. at East Lincoln High School, 6471 N.C. 73. Concert starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
4th of July Celebration: Head to Birkdale Village 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4 for family-friendly entertainment with face-painters and balloon artists plus teh annual bike parade and Huntersville Fire Department water fight.
Igniting Brigher Possibilities: The Lowe’s YMCA July 3 Summer Celebration is a community staple, bringing together families from across the Lake Norman community to enjoy local entertainment and food, kid-friendly activities andfireworks. Bring a blanket and chairs, and arrive early.
The schedule: 4-5:15 p.m. Indefinite Band; 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. The Matt Stratford Band; 8:45 p.m. Maddie Huecker performing the National Anthem; 9 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular.
Event proceeds benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign. The program is presented by the town of Mooresville and Randy Marion Automotive.
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte: Boaters on Lake Norman can head to the Brawley School Road peninsula to catch the club’s fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Nearby residents can see the treat from their yards.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord, hosts a Fourth of July fireworks show as well as Legend Cars and Bandoleros during Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action at 7 p.m. July 4 on the frontstretch quarter-mile. Gates open at 5 p.m. with a free driver autograph session before fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; children younger than 13 get in free; tickets can be bought at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-3267.
Red, White & Blue July Fourth Lawn Party: Enjoy a festive event at the golf pavilion with live music, food trucks, local N.C. beer, games and fireworks from 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 1 at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte. Picnic blankets or patio folding chairs are recommended. This event is open to the public and has no admission fee.
Fun Family 4th Celebration: Carnival games, bounce houses, food trucks, balloon gifts, crafts at Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade, from 5-9 p.m. July 1. Gather at 5 p.m. to decorate your bikes or wagons; decorations are provided. The People’s Parade begins at Town Hall Green at 5:30 p.m. “The Entertainers” concert begins at 7pm
Queen City Brass Band: This annual Mint Hill tradition featuring Charlotte’s own Queen City Brass Band performing 7:30-9 p.m. July 3 at Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The Mint Hill Fire Department will be on hand to raise the giant flag. Free.
Summer Pops: Celebrate America! concert with conductor Albert-George Schram at 8:15 p.m. July 1 at Symphony Park. Lawn Tickets are available online until 11:59 p.m. the day before the concert. Tickets can be purchased at Symphony Park beginning at 4 p.m. the day of the concert. The gates open 5 p.m. A prelude performance by PurrCussion is at 7 p.m. with the Charlotte Symphony program beginning at 8:15 p.m.
Charlotte Firecracker 5K: USATF CertifiedThe 5k course is a rolling loop around the Olde Providence neighborhood and kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the Family Fun Run. The 5K is chip-timed using the state-of-the-art MyLaps timing system. Watch a video of yourself crossing the finish line and then cruise over to our results tent for live results.After the race join us for a pool party, music, food and drinks. $25 to$35. Windyrush Country Club, 6441 Windyrush Road, Charlotte 28226. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 7/3
Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony: The Charlotte Museum of History will host a naturalization ceremony with a presentation of the flag by the Sons of the American Revolution and other activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4 at 3500 Shamrock Drive. The League of Women Voters will also be on site to register new and existing citizens. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a presentation on Betsy Ross and the Legend of the First Flag. At 1 p.m., there will be a presentation on Spies, Traitors, and the Struggle for Independence. Throughout the day we will have guided tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site, crafts and a scavenger hunt.
Miscellaneous and nearby
Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama: “Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain.Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later. You can see it 3-5 p.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 30, July 1 and 2 at Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain. Tickets are $20. 704-730-9408.
Charlotte’s Road to Revolution: “Charlotte’s Road to Revolution” exhibition is composed of 17 original oil paintings by Charlotte artist Dan Nance, 20 interpretive panels and eighteenth-century antiques that tell the story of Charlotte’s earliest days, including Charlotte’s first people, the Catawba Nation; settlement of the area by Europeans immigrants and African enslaved people; and Charlotte’s role in the Revolutionary War.You can see it all 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30 at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.
Military Days at Carowinds: Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte 28273, offers free admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 3.
Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Nature: Can local wildlife could be patriotic? Find out how and which animals love the land of the “Free and the Home of the Brave” at this “Revolutionary” program 2-3 p.m. July 4 at the McDowell Nature Center & Preserve, 15222 York Road, Charlotte. 704-588-5224. Registration required for all participants who want to attend this free program.