Fourth of July pageant and celebration: Harrisburg will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration July 2-4. Plans include live bands, a Miss Fourth of July pageant, parade, amusements, craft and food vendors and fireworks. The Miss Fourth of July pageant will be held 6 to 9 p.m. July 2 at Hickory Ridge High School. The Harrisburg Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. July 4, traveling down N.C. 49 in Harrisburg from Captain Steve’s Restaurant, 5645 N.C. 49 South, to Robinson Avenue and leaving N.C. 49 before the Lowes Foods Shopping Center. For details, www.harrisburgnc.org or call 704-455-7275.
Fourth of July bike safety rodeo and celebration: The town of Huntersville and Birkdale Village will host the 11th Annual Fourth of July Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 4 at Birkdale Village. Kids can decorate their bikes for a parade and enjoy hair-painting, bubble-makers, balloon-twisters, music and a water fight between fire stations. The Sixth Annual Bike Safety Rodeo will be held 9-11 a.m. before the parade. Kids age 3-16 can learn safety tips and bike-handling skills and get a free bike safety check. Admission and parking are free. For details, contact Alison Ahrens at email@example.com.
Firecracker 5K and Super Soaker Dash: Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center will host the final Firecracker 5K and kids Super Soaker Dash on July 4. The race features a medium to moderate course, while the Super Soaker Dash is 100 yards long. Parents are encouraged to bring squirt guns to spray at children as they cross the finish line of the dash. Registration for the 5K is $25 through July 3, $30 day of, and $8, or $10 the day of for the 100-yard dash. One registration is good for up to four family members’ admission into the aquatic center. Additional admissions can be purchased for $4 per person. All proceeds benefit the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center’s scholarship program for summer camp and preschool. A drawing will take place for all registrants over 21 to win a stay at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. For details, http://jonesracingcompany.com/firecracker-5k/.
Fourth of July concert and celebration: The town of Mooresville will hold a Fourth of July celebration in its historic downtown area from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3. The celebration will start with an old-school R&B performance by Image on the Town Hall lawn. In lieu of fireworks, the town will spread out a shipping size roll of bubble wrap for attendees to jump on, sounding like real fireworks. Giveaways will be handed out such as pinwheels and tattoos. Imperial Food Truck and What’s Shaking will be available for sandwiches and dessert purchases. Nearby Lowes YMCA will set off fireworks later the same night. Compiled by Sara Carson