Fourth of July fun: Where to watch fireworks and celebrate


June 20, 2024

Looking for Fourth of July fun around Charlotte? Here are a few ideas on where to enjoy fireworks and celebrate Independence Day in 2024. Check back often, we’ll update our list as new Fourth of July events are announced.


  • Celebrate the 4th a few days early on Sunday and head to Symphony Park for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops Celebrate America! show and fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate.

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  • Have some festive fun in Matthews during two events. There’s a free Fireworks Spectacular which launches from the Mecklenburg Co. Sportsplex at 9 p.m. on July 3. Enter the Sportsplex (2425 Sports Parkway) from Brigman Road and park in the Area A lots, the stadium lots, or along the roadside. On Independence Day, head to Stumptown Park for a free July 4th celebration with food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and patriotic fun from 5-9 p.m., 120 S Trade Street, Matthews.

  • For two nights, The Whitewater Center is hosting a July 4th celebration. There will be live music, yoga, a 5K trail race on the 4th, and other WWC pass activities. Events span all day, but live music starts later. New in 2024, Whitewater introduces Night Ops — pass activities (kayaking, ziplines and more) will be specially illuminated to add to the celebration. Free to attend, but parking is $12. Fireworks are not planned this year.

  • Carowinds will celebrate with patriotic music and a fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be visible throughout the park, but the best viewing areas are Carolina Boardwalk, County Fair and Celebration Plaza.
Fireworks above Truist Field on the 4th of July in uptown Charlotte.
Courtesy: Charlotte Knights

  • The annual SkyShow is a 4th of July tradition. The Charlotte Knights take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Truist Field to kick off this celebration-filled evening. Purchase tickets here, or view the fireworks following the game from Romare Bearden Park, across the street. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. on July 4. Tickets are likely to sell out early.


  • Head to the Charlotte Museum of History for an educational experience on the 4th this year. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate with new Americans during an Oath and Naturalization Ceremony presented by the museum. Entry is free, but registration is encouraged.

– compiled by Caroline Boulware and Sharon Smith


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