Join the festivities at one of these events:
University City Area
Spend the night of July 4 watching Legends vintage-style racecars compete on a quarter-mile oval near Charlotte Motor Speedway, followed by a fireworks show. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. Buy tickets at the gate or call 800-455-3267. Details: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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The 43rd annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration at 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday. The parade begins at Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road. The parade ends at Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church, 5735 E. W. T. Harris Blvd. Details: 704-537-2269.
Ray's Splash Planet Waterpark, 215 N. Sycamore St., will be open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. July 4. www.rayssplashplanet.com or 704-432-4729.
Presbyterian Hospital's free July Fourth Spectacular, 4-10 p.m. Monday at Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Charlotte Museum of History will host an Independence Day Celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, 3500 Shamrock Drive. Learn about the birth of our nation and enjoy family-friendly activities. Bring a lunch. www.charlottemuseum.org/calendar.asp or 704-568-1774.