High Altitude, City Wide Fireworks are BACK this year with a Star Spangled Spectacular FREE to the community on Tuesday evening July 3, 2018.

We don’t know what’s better – the fact that it’s sky high fireworks over the city, that it’s happening on Tuesday evening so it doesn’t interfere with our family 4th plans, or that it’s free fun for the whole family. 

The celebration begins when the doors open at Memorial Stadium at 6:00 pm for and evening FREE family fun and festivities, that culminates, weather permitting, with a 20 minute, high altitude FIREWORKS show at 9:30 pm.

The event will feature food that you can purchase (including food trucks), family entertainment including live music from the stage from “The Voltage Brothers” and a patriotic celebration of our city’s pioneers and founders.

How You Can Enjoy the High In the Sky Fireworks

♦  Doors Open  = The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with activities for the kids. For each child to participate, there will be a liability waiver that a parent or guardian must sign.

Activities for Fun While You Wait for the Show =

  • Face painting
  • Sports obstacle challenge
  • Putt putt
  • Soccer darts
  • Pop a shot
  • Human foosball
  • Balloon animals
  • @Regions Bank football toss
  • @Carolinas Health Care System CLT250 giveaways

♦  Dinner  =  There will be plenty of food & drinks for purchase, including food trucks, so you are asked to leave coolers and pre-packaged food at home. 

  • @Rocky Top BBQ
  • @What The Fries
  • @Roman’s Icy Treats
  • @Carolina Smash
  • @Chick Off The Block
  • @Smokey Brat Dogs
  • @Joelle’s Italian Ice

♦  Seating  =  Seating to view the fireworks will be available on both the lawn and in half of the stadium, with a maximum capacity of 15,000 people. You are encouraged to bring blankets (no lawn chairs) and claim a spot on the field grass for the spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

♦  Arrive Early  =  Once the stadium reaches maximum capacity, guests will be asked to watch the fireworks outside the stadium, either in the Uptown area or at Independence Park, located adjacent to Memorial Stadium.

♦  The Fireworks  =  At 9:30 p.m., weather permitting and with clearance from the fire marshal, we will throw the switch from the stage and the 20-minute, high-altitude fireworks show will begin. The fireworks are being staged from the CPCC campus.

♦  Street Closures  =   Some streets around the campus will close at 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the fallout zone, so expect traffic delays in that area. Streets will reopen immediately following the show.

♦  Parking =   Easy to find around Memorial Stadium and CPCC as well as the Uptown area, but on-street parking will be restricted to keep traffic lanes open as fireworks viewers drive in and out of the city. On-street parking in nearby residential neighborhoods, including the First Ward and the Elizabeth neighborhood, is also prohibited. Towing will be strictly enforced in areas where parking is not allowed.

♦  Alt Transportation  =  Participants can avoid traffic by riding a bike or using the LYNX Blue Line which now connects I-485 in the south through UNC Charlotte in the north. The streetcar connection at the CTC/Arena stop will take you within a block of Memorial Stadium. Charlotte B-cycle will also host a complimentary bike corral.

♦  If you can’t make it =  The show can also be viewed from a variety of locations around the city. AND the show will be synched to a music track that will be heard exclusively at 102.9 FM, The Lake, part of the iHeart Radio family of stations.

The Star Spangled Spectacular, presented by Regions, is the official launch of CLT250 – Charlotte’s 250th Anniversary year long celebration. The Free High In the Sky Fireworks display kicks off a year of festivities around the city’s 250th anniversary on the eve of our nation’s birth.

“CLT250 is a way for our community’s residents and visitors to share in and commemorate our storied past,” said Eugene Woods, honorary chair of CLT250 and president and CEO of Atrium Health, which is the initiative’s presenting sponsor. “Beginning this July 3 and throughout the next year, we invite everyone to celebrate 250 years of our city’s independence, ingenuity, determination, collaboration, compassion and resiliency. More than that, CLT250 calls us to imagine the next 250 years and a vibrant and dynamic future for all who call Charlotte home.”