Sure, this holiday weekend might look different than years past, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy your Fourth of July in Charlotte. Read on for options all weekend long, from in-person events, virtual options and places to spot fireworks.


Fourth on the Field: Brunch & Play Catch
Truist Field | 10 am

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Head to the ballpark to enjoy brunch favorites before or after you take the field yourself to play catch. Adults are $25, kids 12 and under are $15.

Red, White & BOOM – Virtual
June 26 – July 4

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Rock Hill’s celebrations will go virtual this year, and last all week long. Stay tuned to their website for links to events like DIY faceprinting, an ice cream eating contest, plenty of kid-friendly activities, a National Anthem contest and more.

Tega Cay Land Parade and Fireworks
Parade at 9 am | Fireworks at 9:30 pm

In Tega Cay, they’ll have festivities from morning until night. The day kicks off with a land parade featuring golf carts, floats and vehicles, with a fireworks show starting at 9:30 am. Find more information and viewing tips here.

Belmont Downtown Al Fresco Dining and Fireworks
Downtown Belmont | 5-10 pm

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Enjoy al fresco dining in downtown Belmont starting at 5 pm, followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 pm.

Baxter Village-Fort Mill Parade
Baxter Village | 9:30 am

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UPDATE: The parade is now closed to the Public and only Baxter Residents & Baxter Businesses can participate in the Parade.

The Baxter Village-Fort Mill parade will feature more than 100 community and performance groups, from fire department and military honor guards to pro sports mascots and bands.

City of Gastonia’s Fourth of July Fireworks
Downtown Gastonia | 9:30 pm

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View this 15-minute fireworks display from downtown Gastonia, starting at 9:30 pm.

2nd Annual CBC Frank Fest
Cabarrus Brewing Company | 12- 11pm

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At Cabarrus Brewing Co., celebrate with food trucks, ice cream, a hot dog eating contest and more.


“The Goonies” Drive-in Movie with Fireworks
July 1 | Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway, in partnership with Speedway Children’s Charities, will screen “The Goonies” at this drive-in event supporting the Charlotte chapter of the charity. After the movie, stick around for fireworks.

Sunset Sessions at the Greenway
July 3 | Anne Springs Close Greenway | 6-9 pm

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The Sunset Sessions music series continues this week at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Canteen restaurant will be serving their full menu for outdoor dining, and is a great option for social distancing outdoors. The Sunset Sessions series is open for members only at this time.

Drive-In Movie at The Mill
July 3 | Oak Street Mill, Cornelius | 8 pm

In Cornelius, catch a movie from the comfort of your own car at Oak Street Mill’s drive-in movie series. This week, don’t miss a screening of “Captain America – The First Avenger.”


Become a 2020 BBQ & Blue Jeans Sponsor

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Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center will hold the 16th Annual BBQ and Blue
Jeans fundraiser on Friday, September 18. This year, guests will drive through and pick up their Midwood Smokehouse Family Meal Pack to enjoy in their own backyard. The event typically sells out early, so be sure to reserve your spot as a sponsor ASAP!

CSO al Fresco: Viennese Serenades
July 1 | 7:30 pm

Hosted by Principal Cellist Alan Black in his backyard, the Charlotte Symphony’s next al Fresco concert features a trio of musicians playing Viennese Serenades.

The CJC Presents: Black South Rising – Community Conversation
July 2 | 6-8 pm

Join the conversation about racial injustice in our city after viewing the Vice special “Black South Rising” in this community conversation presented by The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative.

Consider submitting your film into the Made in Carolina Film Project

The Carolina Film Community is seeking new, original short films for their annual film contest “Made in Carolinas.” The top 15 films will move into the final round of the contest and will be viewed at a Red Carpet Screening in September. Films must be short between May 12 and August 4, 2020.

CLT After Dark
July 2 | 10 pm

Don’t miss the next edition of CLT After Dark, the weekly virtual series featuring a variety of music, comedy and dance performances hosted by local musician Noel Friedline. Tune in via Vimeo Live Stream and Facebook Live. 

Charlotte Firecracker 5K
Through July 10

Lace up for the 10th Annual Charlotte Firecracker 5K. The virtual race allows participants to run the route in a safe and socially-distanced way and upload your times. Registration includes a t-shirt or tank top.

Charlotte Museum of History Independence Day Week Celebration
Through July 4

Celebrate virtually with the Charlotte Museum of History. Their week-long celebration includes a livestream of the dining of the American Freedom Bell, a lunch and learn, a #FamilyFriday craft and a rebroadcast of the 2019 Naturalization Ceremony.

The Park National Bank American 4 Miler
July 4

Before the barbecues, kick off your holiday with a 4-mile run as The Park National Bank American 4-miler goes virtual. Complete the race at your own pace and upload your times.