In just a week, Independence day will be upon us. This means breaking out your finest red, white, and blue garb, firing up the grill, and — weather permitting — spending as much time outside as possible. If you don’t want to stay at home, there’s plenty to do in Charlotte to celebrate. Get your fireworks fix without the hassle of hosting. Here are our favorite picks for Independence Day activities in the Queen City. 



WBT’s SkyShow is the premier event for Independence Day in Charlotte. Start the day with the SkyShow Street Party, where Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be shut down in front of BB&T Ballpark with an interactive kids area, live music, and food trucks. The first pitch goes out at 6:05 p.m., with the largest firework spectacular in the southeast to follow. 

USNWC 4th of July Celebration

Over July 3 and 4, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is a hub for all outdoor and patriotic festivities. In addition to all of the usual activities available, there will be yoga classes, a SUP sprint, live music, and fireworks each night. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. 

Charlotte Symphony’s Celebrate America

During the popular Pops in the Park series, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra hosts a salute to America for Independence Day. The main program starts at 8:15 p.m. on July 3 at Symphony Park in SouthPark. Tickets are $18 ahead, $20 at the gate. Finish up the evening with a stunning fireworks show. 


If you want to get in the Independence Day spirit early, participate in Rich & Bennett’s AmeriCrawl this Saturday, June 29 in Uptown. Be sure to dress the part as there will be prizes to be costume for individuals, duos, and groups. Tickets are $20 the day-of and include drink specials, cover charges, commemorative koozie, and a portion of those proceeds go to Veterans Bridge Home. All military attend for free.