What to do this Independence Day

This July 4th marks the 243th birthday for America. The Queen City is celebrating properly with activities ranging from traditional fireworks, live music, block parties and even a 5k! With the help of our team of full-time neighborhood experts, we’ve selected our top 5 events happening locally to make sure this Fourth of July is a spectacular one for all! 










U.S. National White Water Center 

For the 9th year, the US National White Water Center will host their Fourth Of July Celebration. This two day party will last from July 3rd at 9:00 Am to July 4th at 10:00 PM.  Aside from their usual tours and fun activities, there will be plenty more opportunities to get outside and be active. Some of the provided activities will include- live music, yoga classes, a stand up paddle board race, and two days of fireworks over the water. Click  here  for more information. 

The Charlotte Knights Stadium 

SkyShow Charlotte is taking over Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark starting at 2pm until 10pm. There will be fun for all ages- from interactive kids games to live music to food trucks serving food and drinks. The holiday game features our very own Charlotte Knights against the Norfolk Tides with the first pitch going out at 7:15. Following the game, there will be a firework display. The show will be synchronized with music played from inside of the stadium. The first 5,000 guests will get a small American Flag, which will be waved around during the patriotic music and fireworks display.  Click  here  for ticket pricing and event details. 

Lake Wylie 

There’s something about watching fireworks over water that makes them more beautiful. Lake Wylie is hosting their annual Fourth of July fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. Whether you spend all day on a boat or at one of the public parks, be sure to make your way over to the Buster Boyd Bridge around dusk. There will also be seating in the Lake Wylie Plaza parking lots and surrounding restaurants. Click  here  for more information.  

Tega Cay 

If you’re looking for a never ending day of fun, make your way to Tega Cay, South Carolina. Only about 20 miles outside Charlotte’s city center, this makes for an easy day trip. There are different events happening from 9AM- 9PM. These events consist of a  land parade, log rolling & paddleboard joust, a boat parade, Carolina show ski team, splish-n-splash summer bash, a lions club fish fry, state of the city and birthday party, ending with a firework show. Click  here  for more information.  

Charlotte Firecracker 5K 

Head on over to the  Olde Providence neighborhood  on July 3rd to get your athletic on before the real party on the Fourth. They are hosting a timed 5K on a loop around the neighborhood. After the race, runners and neighbors will join together for a pool party featuring live music, food and drinks. Parking for the race will be available at Olde Providence Elementary School. The race will finish at the Windyrush Country Club pool which is about a half mile from the elementary school parking lot. Click  here  for registration information and event details.