Plan your Charlotte area 4th of July 2015 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 Friday July 3rd and continues to Saturday July 4th. Includes live music followed by a fireworks display each night. Live music includes Shook Twins, The Honeycutters, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Admission is free. Parking is $5.
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 3rd, 4th and 5th. Fireworks July 4th.
Free Fishing Day
4th of July is North Carolina’s free fishing day. Fish in any public body of water without a fishing license. Some facilities have loaner gear too.
4th of July Celebration at BB&T Ballpark
Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular follows the July 4th game between Team USA and Team Cuba. 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 Hot Sauce, as well as carnival rides, bounce houses and more.
Waxhaw 4th of July Celebration
In downtown Waxhaw. Saturday, July 4th. Parade at 10 a.m.; Beach party 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:15 pm. The celebration features live music from Smokin’ and Audio Wine.
Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3rd. Includes games, inflatables, live music, entertainment, vendors, and fireworks.
Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Saturday, 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 hot dog fundraiser 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 face-painting, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, a bike parade and the Huntersville Fire Department water fight.
Charlotte Symphony plays at Symphony Park at SouthPark. This is not free. It costs $16. Friday, July 3rd. 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
Saturday, 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, the splish-splash summer bash 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 4th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music on three stages in the neighborhood. Lots of food trucks.
Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
2 day celebration at Harrisburg Park.
Friday, July 3: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Live music, and then fireworks at 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 4: Parade down Highway 49 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. And then celebration in Harrisburg Park starting at 4 p.m. Live music, cornhole tournament, and then fireworks at 10 p.m.. Park closes at 11:30 p.m.
Davidson Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 4th, 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 Pushh will perform at 6:00 p.m.
Kannapolis: Charlotte Symphony and Fireworks
Thursday, July 2nd. Charlotte Symphony performs at 7 p.m. at Village Park. Fireworks follow around 9:30 p.m.
Bottle Boats and Cereal Canoes
Make small boats out of recycled materials at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, at the fishing pier. Bring a picnic, and materials you want to use for your boat, or the materials provided. Friday, July 3rd, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. No registration required.
Kannapolis Intimidators’ ballpark
Saturday, July 4th. All-American Community Celebration with a patriotic parade and music and a kids’ zone including carnival rides and kids’ zone. 6 p.m. After the game there will be Fireworks . Tickets for the whole evening are just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and for kids under age 12. There will also be Fireworks after the game on Friday, July 3rd.
Fireworks on July 4th at 9:30 p.m. It’s free but there are also many river cruises available for a fee. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville.
July 4th free concert. 2 p.m.: Pluto for Planet. 6 p.m.: Dirt Poor. Food trucks on site.
The city of Kings Mountain is celebrating with a Revolutionary War encampment with re-enactors on July 4th and July 5th. The event starts both days at 10 a.m. On Saturday, July 4th, it ends with patriotic music, a mock cannon battle, and a large fireworks show. On July 5th the event ends at 2 p.m.
Red, White, and Belmont
In downtown Belmont Friday, July 3rd. Starts with concert by Coming Up Brass at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Followed by fireworks.
Matthews People’s Parade
Matthews People’s Parade meets at the Town Hall Green at 5:30pm July 4th, and parade begins at 6 p.m. Followed by concert from Too Much Sylvia at 7 p.m. at Stumptown Park.
JJ’s Red Hots
Saturday, July 4th, get an All-American Hot Dog for just $1 at both JJ’s Red Hots locations. Includes pickle relish, diced onions and yellow mustard.
Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration
The 47th Annual Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration is the largest block party in East Charlotte. Saturday, 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
Friday, July 3rd, 2015, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., in Old Town in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s a kids’ zone (there’s a fee for this) a free concert by The Fantasy Band at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Red, White & Brew Bar Crawl
Saturday, July 4th, 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. EpiCentre. $15.
Lincolnton 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4th, 6:30 p.m. 100 block of North Academy Street, Lincolnton. Parade, contests, inflatables. Followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Lincolnton High School Stadium.
Midwood Smokehouse Rib-eating challenge
Saturday, July 4th, 3 p.m. at Midwood Smokehouse, 1401 Central Avenue. Free to watch: The contestants will have 30 minutes to eat their way through a full rack of Hormel baby back ribs and a plateful of fixings including collards, potato salad, baked beans, Texas toast and a slice of watermelon. $25 to participate. Registration form.