Get your red, white and wow on this week by checking out the Scoop list of best places to view fireworks. Then read on for a few non-firework listings that still offer spectacular family fun!

Military Days at Carowinds

Now – July 8

All active, inactive or retired members of the U.S. military will receive free admission to the park with a valid military I.D. all week.

Stream Stomp
McDowell Nature Preserve

Get your feet wet and investigate the local tributary stream that connects to Lake Wylie and learn about the animals that call the creek home. Pre-registration required.

Annual Patriotic Concert
Mint Hill

Tuesday, July 3, 6:30 p.m.

BYO lawn chairs and blankets for a family fun night, including bounce houses, family games, food and more.

Baxter Village July 4th Parade
Baxter Village Town Center/Fort Mill

The 15th Annual Baxter Village July 4th Parade features more than 125 units, including bands, entertainers, floats, Carolina Panthers’ mascot Sir Purr and more.

4th of July Celebration at Birkdale Village
Birkdale Village

Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy bike decorating, face painting, bounce houses, a bike rodeo, and fire department water fight.

Independence Day at Hightower Hall
Historic Brattonsville

Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.

Brattonsville’s 1850s Independence Day Celebration includes many activities that Carolina Piedmont ancestors did long ago including historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, toys and games and more. Young and old will be amazed when we launch a tissue paper hot air balloon high into the sky!

Red, White, and Blue Hike
McDowell Nature Preserve
Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 a.m.
Kick off your holiday with a three- to four-mile hike along the Lake Wylie waterfront and Piedmont forests. Pre-registration required (for all participants, adults and child alike. Wear hiking attire, and bring a water bottle.

Ocean Explorers 
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville

Ahoy mateys! Come aboard with us this month as we sail, dive, swim and explore our oceans! We will learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to keep our oceans clean. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Coral Reefs Wednesdays and Fridays: Save Our Oceans Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage with a special story at 11:15am and 1:45pm.

Live Music at 7th Street Public Market
7th Street Public Market

7th Street Public Market brings live music on Friday night! Eat, drink, and shop small businesses.

Rescue Ranch Summer Fun Days
Rescue Ranch

Friday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.

Bring your family for hands-on animal encounters and hiking the ranch’s mile-long nature trails during Rescue Ranch’s Summer Family Fun Days. Come play on the fully-inclusive playground, and feel free to bring a picnic.

Little Chefs Day at Huntersville Grower’s Market
Huntersville Grower’s Market

Saturday, July 7, 8:00 a.m.

Chef Matt will be teaching little chefs how to cook. Session start times are 9, 10, and 11am. No sign ups are necessary, but participants must be present exactly on the hour to join in the 40-minute session. Kids will learn how to cook, what utensils are being used, safety while cooking, sanitation, and more. Chef Matt will have a kid friendly recipe that is easy for all ages to cook.

Minerals of the World
The Schiele Museum

Saturday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing. This showcase of the Schiele Museum’s geology collections illustrates the beauty and diversity found in treasures from the earth.

Digital Beats and Rhymes: An Interactive Experience
Harvey B. Gantt Center

STEM is not just for science lovers. Did you know that DJs use technology and math to play your favorite songs? Find out how in this informative presentation from local DJs, poets and hip hop artists. Learn how performing artists leverage tech to create and share their art and how tech firms create platforms for artists. Enjoy a spoken word, an interactive panel, and hands-on mini workshops.

King of Pops Free Yoga in the Park
Independence Park

Sunday, July 8, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Stegall’s Arena (Concord)

Sunday, July 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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