Celebrating the 4th of July in Uptown Charlotte


Summer is here, and with it comes ideas of watermelon, barbecues and, of course, fireworks. Have you made your Fourth of July plans yet? Residents of Catalyst have many options available nearby. Whether you are looking for something hometown-style and family friendly or are looking for a great party, you will find it in the greater Charlotte area.

For the Party Lover

If your idea of a good time is enjoying some drinks and time on the water, then you will want to hurry and get tickets to the KISS Anchor Island Special July 4th Party. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you can set sale on board a yacht on Lake Norman’s largest floating party. Tickets cost just $20 and include transportation to the marina and the cruise. You can purchase food and drinks from Mojos Pub and Grill once you are on board, and don’t forget your swimsuit as the boat has a second-story waterslide for partygoers to enjoy.

Traditional Fireworks Close to Home

If you prefer to stay closer to home, head to Uptown Charlotte’s premier fireworks display, the annual Skyshow. On July 4th, after the Charlotte Knights’ game, you can enjoy fireworks over BB&T Ballpark. If you have participated in the Skyshow in previous years, note that the location has changed. Ticket holders who are attending the game can watch for the stadium, but the game is currently sold out. Others who wish to see the show can do so from Romare Bearden Park.

Kick Back with Friends at a Traditional Patriotic Festival

For a down-home celebration, head to Belmont, where Stowe Park comes alive with vendors, food, games and rides at the annual Red, White and Belmont festival. Enjoy classic games like watermelon eating contests while you spend time with friends and family at the festival. The festival runs for three days, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and includes fireworks at 9:30 on Friday and Sunday. A Sunday Night concert features the talents of Dixie Still. Red, White and Belmont is a favorite Fourth of July event for Charlotte area residents.

With the Fourth of July being on a Friday this year, you have ample opportunities to enjoy all things red, white and blue. Whether you enjoy one of these large events or simply look out from your apartment on the Catalyst in hope of glimpsing some fireworks, take some time this Fourth of July to reflect on what it means to be an American, enjoy time with friends and family and relish all that summer in Charlotte has to offer.


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