Carolinas residents will celebrate the nation’s 243rd birthday with parades, festivals, concerts and fireworks — plenty of fireworks.
Pyrotechnics displays are scheduled Thursday across the region, including several sites in Mecklenburg County, to celebrate Independence Day. But a number of area communities will do their celebrating on other nights this week.
Here is a look at some of the region’s Fourth of July events. All events are on Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Uptown Charlotte: Around 9:30 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark, following the Charlotte Knights’ sold-out game against Norfolk. The display will be visible from nearby Romare Bearden Park.
Carowinds: Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Davidson: Parade, 5:15 p.m. in downtown area; live music, 6-9 p.m. on the town green.
Hickory Grove: Annual parade at 10 a.m., along Shamrock Drive from Lawrence Orr Elementary to Aldersgate. Festival, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Aldersgate.
Huntersville: Bicycle parade, 10 a.m.; children’s events, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; at Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive.
Matthews: People’s parade, 5:30 p.m., from town hall to Stumptown Park; followed by live music and other events at 7 p.m. in Stumptown Park.
Plaza Midwood: Pig-picking, 4-11 p.m., at several sites along Central Avenue; live music outside the Diamond, 1901 Commonwealth Avenue.
Southpark: Charlotte Symphony concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday; followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
U.S. National Whitewater Center: Live music from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. each night.
Taylorsville: Saturday events at Alexander Central High, 534 Liledoun Road; concert, 7 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:45 p.m.
Jefferson: Festival, 3-10 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. At Ashe County Park, 527 Ashe Park Road.
West Jefferson: Christmas in July festival, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, in downtown area.
Banner Elk: Parade, 11 a.m., followed by festival, noon-6 p.m. Main Street West.
Crossnore: Parade, 3 p.m.; festival, 5-9:30 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Elk Park: Friday events – parade, 6 p.m.; festival, 6:30-10 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Winters Town Park.
Minneapolis: Saturday events – parade, 6 p.m.; live music and other events, 6:30-10 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Morganton: Red, White and Bluegrass Festival, Catawba Meadows Park, Catawba Meadows Drive. Events Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Fireworks around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
Charlotte Motor Speedway: Fireworks following Tuesday’s Summer Shootout races.
Harrisburg: Annual town festival, 4-10 p.m. Wednesday and 4-11 p.m. Thursday; parade, 9 a.m. Thursday; fireworks around 10 p.m. Thursday; at town park.
Kannapolis: Fireworks following the 7 p.m. Kannapolis Intimidators’ game against the Rome Braves; at Intimidators Stadium, off Moose Road.
Lenoir: Festival and live music, 5-10 p.m. at Mulberry Recreation Center; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Hickory: Fireworks following Hickory Crawdads’ 7 p.m. game against Columbia, at Frans Stadium, 2500 Clement Blvd. NW.
Casar: Festival, 4:30-9 p.m. at Casar Park; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Kings Mountain: Festival and live music, 6-10 p.m. at Deal Park, North Cleveland Avenue; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Lattimore: Parade, 9 a.m., followed by festival at Lattimore Recreation Park.
Shelby: Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Friday, at the Shelby sports complex.
Belmont: Red, White and Belmont festival, 4-10 p.m. in downtown area; live music; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Dallas: Concert, 6-9 p.m.; fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
Gastonia: Fireworks Wednesday following 7 p.m. Gastonia Grizzlies’ game at Sims Legion Park.
Gastonia: Festival 5-9 p.m. in downtown area; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Lake Norman: Fireworks around 9:30 p.m. at Trump National Golf Club; admission only to area residents and members; fireworks can be seen from the lake.
Mooresville: Wednesday events at Lowes YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Avenue; festival, 6-10 p.m., with fireworks around 10 p.m.
Statesville: Wednesday fireworks display around 9:30 p.m., Signal Hill Road area.
Lincolnton: Festival, 6:30 p.m.; parade, 8:30 p.m. on East Main Street; fireworks around 9:30 p.m. at Lincolnton High School.
Hamlet: Festival, 5-9 p.m. Main Street; fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
Faith: 74th annual Faith Fourth of July Celebration, 6-10 p.m. daily through Wednesday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday; parade, 10 a.m. Thursday on Main Street; fireworks around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Forest City: Festival, 7-10 p.m., with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Lake Lure: Wednesday events – festival, 5-9 p.m., with fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
Oakboro: 61st annual Fourth of July Celebration, 6-10 p.m. daily through Wednesday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday; parade, 9 a.m. Thursday; fireworks around 10 p.m. Thursday.
Indian Trail: Parade, 11:30 a.m. on Indian Trail Road in downtown area.
Monroe: Festival, 4:30-10 p.m., with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.; at Belk Tonawanda Park.
Unionville: Parade, 1 p.m.; festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School.
Waxhaw: Parade, 10 a.m. (no fireworks display this year).
Blowing Rock: Fireworks display at Tweetsie Railroad, around 9:30 p.m.
Blowing Rock: Saturday events – parade, 7 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Boone: Parade, 11 a.m.; festival, noon-10 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Todd: Parade, 11 a.m.
Heath Springs: Summerfest, 6-10 p.m.
Baxter Village: Parade, 9:30 a.m.
Brattonsville (McConnells): 10 a.m.-4 p.m., various historic-oriented events.
Fort Mill: Wednesday events – festival, 6-9 p.m. on Main Street; firing of cannons, 8:45 p.m.; fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
Lake Wylie: Fireworks around 9:30 p.m., fired from Camp Thunderbird.
Rock Hill: Red, White and Boom festival Wednesday; festival, 5:30-10 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
Tega Cay: Land parade, 9 a.m., followed by boat parade; festival, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
York: Festival, 7-10 p.m. at York High, with fireworks around 10 p.m.