Family fun for the fourth, seat belt safety, nature hikes, stargazing, sensory Sunday and lots more summer to dos with the littles this week.

Rookie Science: Colorful Chemistry
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Explore acid-base indicators, chromatography and more. Science rocks.

New And Expectant Moms Group
Independence Regional Library
Meet new and expectant moms and caregivers for support and discussion.

Patriotic Animals
McDowell Nature Center
Find out how and which animals love the land of the “Free and the Home of the Brave.” Registration is required.

Fourth Of July Celebration
U.S. National Whitewater Center
The USNWC’s two-day Fourth of July Celebration featuring live music, yoga, Battle Royale SUP Sprint and two days of booming firework shows.

Wednesday, July 3 – 4

Red, White, And BOOM!
Downtown Rock Hill
Celebrate Independence Day with inflatables, rides, live music, food trucks, an ice-cream eating contest and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3, 5:30 p.m.

July 3rd Summer Celebration
Lowe’s YMCA (Mooresville)
Enjoy local entertainment, food, kid-friendly activities and spectacular fireworks. Bring a blanket and chairs, try to arrive early.

Celebrate America! With Fireworks
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
Charlotte Symphony will perform patriotic favorites followed by fireworks.

Wednesday, July 3, 8:15 p.m.

Child Seat Check
Cornelius Fire Station
Bring your seat, child, and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday, July 3, 3:30 p.m.

Red, White, And Blue Hike
McDowell Nature Preserve
Kick off your holiday with a three-four-mile hike along the Lake Wylie waterfront and Piedmont forests. Registration required.

Baxter Village July 4th Parade
Baxter Village Town Center
Features more than 125 units, including bands, entertainers, floats, Carolina Panthers’ mascot Sir Purr and Panthers’ Percussion Band, Shriners Dune Cats, Shriners Keystone Kops, Shriners Oasis Band, Shriners Clowns, South Carolina National Guard Units, Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders, Classic/Vintage Cars, Charlotte Knights’ Mascot.

Thursday, July 4, 9:30 a.m.

July In The Garden
Latta Nature Center
Tour the nature center garden before taking a break from the heat and create a project to take home.

4th Of July Celebration At Birkdale Village
Birkdale Village
Enjoy bike decorating and parade, DJ, lawn games, face painting and a bounce house.

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

Amazing America
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville
Celebrate America by learning some of the amazing things Americans have done throughout history.

Crafty 4th Of July
Latta Nature Center
Drop in to the nature center for a crafting explosion. Registration and parent attendance required.

4th Of July In Davidson
McEver Field
Stroll along South Street to the town green for a concert. The parade will include a color guard, a fire engine and lots of patriotic residents.

Thursday, July 4, 5:15 p.m.

Fireworks Extravaganza
Tweetsie Railroad
Celebrate July 4th with a day of family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, followed by the High Country’s a spectacular fireworks display.

Thursday, July 4, 9:30 p.m.

Star Gazing
Lake Norman State Park
Join the ranger staff and volunteers to look at the stars and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Mingling On The Greens
Birkdale Village
Join Birkdale Village for live music from The Kevin Jones Experience.

Friday, July 5, 7:00 p.m.

Bird Walk
Discovery Place Nature
Walk around the Museum and Freedom Park looking and listening for seasonal and year-round birds.

Creek Stomp
Latta Nature Center
Wade in shallow water in search of salamanders, crawfish and other creek dwellers. Registration and parent attendance required.

Pet Adoption Event
SouthPark Mall
The City of Charlotte’s Animal Care and Control will bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to Center Court for adoption.

Bank Of America’s Museums On Us Day
Locations vary
Present your Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or U.S. Trust credit or debit card and a photo ID for one free general admission to The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays At Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese
Open early to cater to families of children with special needs. Families can expect smaller crowds, reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and specially-trained staff.

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