Here is a list of things to do and see in and around Charlotte for the 4th of July weekend.
• Charlotte Motor Speedway two-day fireworks extravaganza
WHEN: Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies for feature races at 7 p.m. each night. The fireworks will take place at the conclusion of feature racing.
WHERE: 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC 28027.
WHAT: Fans can come out and enjoy a full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero racing before watching the fireworks explode above the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Tickets are just $7 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 12. Children 5 and under get in free.
• WBT Annual Knights Stadium Skyshow 2011
WHEN: 7 p.m. July 4, 2011
WHERE: 2280 Deerfield Dr. Fort Mill, SC 29715
• Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4, 2011
WHERE: 310 N. Kings Drive
WHAT: Head down to Memorial Stadium on July 4th for Red, White & Boom! There will be plenty of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy including watermelon eating contests, sack races, tug of war and more! There's also live music and plenty to do for adults Activities start at 4 p.m. and last until 9 p.m., when the real attraction takes over. At 9:30 p.m., one of the area's biggest and longest fireworks displays begins.
• U.S. National Whitewater Center Coca-Cola Fourth of July Festival
WHEN: 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4, 2011
WHERE: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214
WHAT: A three-day music festival to celebrate the fourth. Admission is free, but there is a standard $5 parking fee. If you haven't checked out the Whitewater Center, it's an excellent venue for a concert or just to relax by the waterside.
• "Nights of Fire" at Carowinds
WHEN: Monday, July 4, 2011
WHERE: 14523 Carowinds Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273
WHAT: Carowinds theme park will be hosting their annual "Night of Fire" celebration with a large fireworks display. In addition, active and retired U.S. military personnel get into Carowinds for free July 2 through July 4!
• Lake Wylie Firework Display
WHEN: Monday, July 4, 2011 approximately 9:45 p.m.
WHERE: 3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, SC
WHAT: Lake Wylie also provides a very large annual display, and it's an annual tradition for many. The best viewing is from the area around the Buster Boyd Bridge that crosses over the lake. There's the boat landing and several restaurants, all of which will provide excellent viewing.
•Celebrate Independence Day at Historic Brattonsville:
WHEN: Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC, 29726
WHAT: Enjoy children’s military drills, firearms demonstrations, 19th century dancing and patriotic readings. Ongoing activities include militia muster, cooking demonstrations, house tours, toys and games and slave life. Site closes at 5 p.m. FREE with general admission: $6 adult; $5 senior; $4 youth ages 4-17; children 3 and younger and members, free.