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In an uptown where historic buildings are considered anything built after the original Ghostbusters movie was released, change is constant. In keeping with that theme, this year’s uptown Fourth of July celebrations have been revamped, relocated, reshuffled, and reformed. Here’s what you’ll need to know about where to get the best bang for your buck, as well as a few other options if uptown isn’t on your agenda for the Fourth.

1. BB&T Skyshow / Charlotte Knights
BB&T Stadium
July 4th

Still sporting that new stadium smell, the Charlotte Knights' uptown home is also the location for the area’s largest fireworks show this year. If you’ve been uptown for the 4 th of July display in recent years you may find that your old favorite viewing spots are no longer the best places to watch things blow up in the sky. If you can get there early, your best bet is the, also brand new, Romare Reardon Park. The official website of the Skyshow provides several parking lot options for fireworks viewing as well.

The street party kicks things off at 3pm on Mint Street. Live music and an aerial dance display headline the festivities. Expect all the other typical festival trappings like food vendors and the ever present face painting as well as a giant slide and Ferris wheel.

The Knights play at 7:05 pm and the fireworks get going, rain or shine, right after the game.

2. U.S. National White Water Center
July 3rd and 4th

The Island courtesy of the US National White Water Center
The Island courtesy of the US National White Water Center US National White Water Center

The newest Independence day tradition is the party at the USNWC . Live music begins at 4 pm both Thursday and Friday with multiple acts lined up each day. The fireworks get lit at 9:30 pm on both the 3 rd and the 4th. There is no cost to attend the event except the typical $5 parking fee. There is an option to upgrade your experience with a VIP or Big Drop Party Pass. Each gives you great views, complimentary food, and a private bar, because standing in line for a beer is for the common folk.

3. Pops in the Park
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
July 3rd

July 4 th celebrations aren’t all about fireworks. (Well, really, they’re kind of all about fireworks). But sometimes you want some patriotic music played along with your rockets’ red glare. The Charlotte Symphony will provide just that on Thursday night beginning at 8:15 pm. Gates open at 5 pm and the opening act goes on at 7. Get there when the gates open to beat the land rush as the best real estate gets snatched up quickly.

There will be a local food truck on site, but you can also bring your own snacks and drinks. Fireworks go up at the end of the symphony performance.

4. Red, White, and Belmont
Main Street
July 4th, 5th, and 6th

The little town just west of Charlotte continues its tradition of an ambitious 3 day 4th of July celebration . The big nights are Friday and Sunday with music each night at 6:30 and fireworks at 9:30. Food and craft vendors line the street, and kids activities are on the go all three days.

5. Fireworks from the water
Various locations
July 4th

To get a more personal and spectacular view, you can load up your ‘yak or SUP and have a paddle out to some prime viewing spots for a few of the area’s best firework displays.

In the west you can launch your craft from Belmont and paddle down to the USNWC. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm.

In the south you can paddle from Copperhead Island or the Buster Boyd boat launch to catch Lake Wylie’s fireworks offerings from the Buster Boyd Bridge. Show begins at 9:15 pm.

On the north side, the Lake Norman Peninsula Golf and Yacht Clubs will have a fireworks display at 9:30pm on the 4th. So will the The Point’s Trump International Golf Club in Mooresville.

Boating safety will be more important than ever. Make sure you have at least one strong white light (like a headlamp) on your boat and a wearable PFD. 

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