Celebrate Independence Day this July Fourth weekend with a variety of fun, mostly free activities throughout the area.
From parades to fireworks, music to games, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Thursday, July 2-Friday, July 3: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., “Saluting the Red, White, and Blue,” a display featuring vintage patriotic memorabilia.
Matthews Heritage Museum, 232 N. Trade St. in Mathews. The museum will be closed Saturday, July 4. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 11-17. Free for children 10 or younger and to active-duty military personnel and their families.
Saturday, July 4: People’s Parade and Concert, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Decorating for People’s Parade starts at 5 p.m. at Matthews Town Hall. Decorate a bike, wagon, or other non-motorized vehicle for a patriotic parade down Trade Street to Stumptown Park at 5:30 p.m. Activities begin at 6 p.m. in the park.
Concert featuring Too Much Sylvia-Party/Variety Band begins at 7 p.m. There will be food vendors.
Friday, July 3: Queen City Brass Band Concert, 7 p.m.
Mint Hill Town Hall lawn, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Details: www.minthill.com or 704-545-9726.
Saturday, July 4: Monroe’s July 4th Celebration, Belk-Tonawanda Park.
Amusement rides and concessions, 4:30 p.m. Darrell Harwood concert, 7 p.m. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Patriotic Concert, 8:15 p.m.
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Road in Pineville; bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Saturday, July 4: Waxhaw’s July 4th Celebration, downtown Waxhaw.
Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Beach party starts at 4:30 p.m. with water slides, food trucks, bands and a variety of family friendly activities.
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Details: 704-843-2195, ext. 226.
July 4th Celebration in downtown Indian Trail will feature a parade and watermelon-eating contest.
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