CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Wednesday night thousands of people are expected to flock to uptown Charlotte for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
It’s the last major event prior to the Democratic National Convention in September, a final tune up for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
"I don’t think what you will see tomorrow night will be any different than what you saw for Speed Street, CIAA, for First Night," said CMPD Deputy Chief Harold Medlock.
CMPD said it will be out in force with plenty of officers around. In addition, the Fourth of July has been declared an extraordinary event, giving them more enforcement powers.
"We’re a visible presence where folks feel safe and comfortable to walk around the city, but also allowing folks to do that so it doesn’t look like an overwhelming police presence," Medlock added.
Medlock says Wednesday will be used to continue to prepare for the DNC.
"So we really do know what to expect. Some of the things we'll be doing tomorrow night into the afternoon and early morning into Thursday are helping us refine some of the things we'll be doing for the DNC."