Plan your Charlotte area 4th of July 2016 festivities with this list of free and cheap July 4th events. These events include fireworks, parades, live music, historical presentations, water fun and much more. Follow each link to find the important details that you will need. Unless I’ve mentioned a price it’s free. And make sure to check the date, because some are not on the 4th. And I’ve put “fireworks” in red so you can find them easily. This is a growing list, so keep checking back! If you know of a free (or very cheap) 4th of July event, please let me know about it. firstname.lastname@example.org And don’t forget that to subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s email list.
4th of July Festival at US National Whitewater Center
Festival begins on Sunday July 3rd and continues to Monday July 4th. Includes live music followed by a fireworks display each night. Live music includes The Wood Brothers, The Congress, Hollis Brown, and more. Admission is free. Parking is $5.
Patriotic Concert: Sunday, July 3rd, 5 p.m. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive in Cornelius. Free, and free refreshments following.
Carowinds Military Days
Free park admission to any active, inactive, or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military ID on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Fireworks July 3rd and 4th.
4th of July Celebration at BB&T Ballpark
Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular follows the July 4th game between the Charlotte Knights and the Pawtucket Red Sox. Buy tickets for the game here. If you’re not attending the game, you should be able to see the fireworks from any place adjacent to the ballpark, like Romare Bearden Park. Here’s some more information. There will also be a free street festival from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in front of the ballpark. Live music by PUSHH, as well as carnival rides, bounce houses and more. There’s a charge for some activities at the festival.
Waxhaw 4th of July Celebration
In downtown Waxhaw. Saturday, July 2nd. Parade at 10 a.m.; Beach party 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk.
Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Monday, July 4th. Parade starts at Coulwood Middle School at 9 a.m. and ends at Paw Creek Elementary School. The celebration continues at Coulwood Community Park, 506 Coulwood Drive, and includes games, music and a lunch until 1 p.m. All are invited to swim, for free, in the swimming pool from 1 p.m. to 7 p .m.
4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village
Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 4th. Festival includes stage performances, face painting, balloon art, bounce houses, craft tables, bike decorating & patriotic bike ride, music, roaming entertainment and more! Plus, the annual Huntersville Fire Department water fight at 12:15 p.m.
Charlotte Symphony plays at Symphony Park at SouthPark. This is not free. It costs $16. Friday, July 1st. Gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances start at 7 p.m. Charlotte Symphony performs at 8:15 p.m. Fireworks follow.
Charlotte Museum of History 4th of July Celebration
Monday, July 4th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is not a free event. It costs $5. Free for museum members. This event will feature lectures, kids’ crafts, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site, and ringing of the American Freedom Bell. Register here.
Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration
Festival begins with a land parade at 9 a.m. July 4th, followed by a canoe joust, a boat parade, the Carolina Ski Show Team’s performance and a fish fry. At 9:30 p.m. there will be fireworks.
Lake Wylie Fireworks
Fireworks will be viewable from near the Buster Boyd Bridge around 9:15 p.m.
15th Annual 4th of July Pig Pickin’ in Plaza Midwood
July 3rd from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
3 day celebration at Harrisburg Park.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
4:00 pm: Miss July 4th Pageant
Friday, July 1, 2016
4:00 pm: Harrisburg Park Opens
5:00 pm: Emily Minor Band
7:00 pm: Opening Ceremonies
8:00 pm: Part Time Party Time Band
10:00 pm: Fireworks
Park closes following fireworks.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
9:00 am: Parade on Highway 49
4:00 pm: Harrisburg Park Opens
4:15 pm: Mayor’s Invitational
5:00 pm: Chicago Reloaded
8:00 pm: Da Throwback Band
10:00 pm: Fireworks
11:30 pm: Park Closes
Davidson Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 3rd, there will be a parade for all to participate in, starting at McEver Field on South Street at 5:15 p.m., proceeding to the town Green, where the band Ted Vigil will perform at 6:00 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators’ ballpark
Saturday, July 2nd. Gates open at 6 p.m. with a youth baseball game at 7:05 p.m., an All-American parade for kids around the field at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks set to patriotic music at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the whole evening are just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and for kids under age 12.
Fireworks on July 2nd at 9 p.m. It’s free but there are also many river cruises available for a fee. There are also carnival rides, food trucks, and a showing of the movie “Independence Day” after the fireworks. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville.
The city of Kings Mountain is celebrating with music provided by the Chris Marks Band from 6:00-9:00 pm, and a variety of food vendors available at Walking Track Park. In honor of the turning point of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Kings Mountain (fought just south of town) a scene from “Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama” written by Bob Inman will be performed by the cast. All will lead up to the big event, the fireworks show
Red, White, and Belmont
In downtown Belmont Friday, July 1st. Starts with concert by The Tams at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Followed by fireworks at 9:30.
Matthews People’s Parade
Matthews People’s Parade meets at the Town Hall Green at 5 pm July 2nd, and parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Followed by concert from Too Much Sylvia at 7 p.m. at Stumptown Park.
Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration
The 47th Annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration is the largest block party in East Charlotte. Monday, July 4th. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road, and proceeds to The Grove Church, 5735 East W.T. Harris Boulevard, where the celebration continues until 2:30 p.m., with live music, games, food and contests.
Red White and Boom
Sunday, July 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in Old Town in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s a kids’ zone (there’s a fee for this) a free concert and fireworks at 10 p.m.