City sets up at Memorial Stadium for 4th of July festivities

City sets up at Memorial Stadium for 4th of July festivities

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 9:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Crews in Charlotte spent the day setting up for the city’s big Fourth of July official celebration at Memorial Stadium.

"We do make this a show that appeals to families, from the young to very old," said Moira Quinn with Center City Partners.
 
The heat didn't stop city crews from getting the festivities ready. Organizers are hoping free admission, food booths and live music will entice families to come out.
 
“We generally have people in front of the stage dancing, and we have children doing free games and inflatables," Quinn added.
 
During the day other places like the EpiCentre had some family Fourth of July activities going on, but the main event tonight is at Memorial Stadium.
 
While organizers worked to set up on the ground, pyrotechnic experts spent the day on the roof of CPCC’s parking deck where they'll shoot off 4,500 to 5,000 pounds of fireworks for the big show.
 
"What appears random to us, watching it, some come from left, from right—it's all designed when it breaks in the air, colors are picked out, patterns like smiley faces stars, that stuff, “ said Joel Matthews with East Coast Pyrotechnics.
 
The show will be played on the radio at 104.7 FM so people can watch and listen.
 
"What the radio station does is send up a synchronizing code and our computer picks it up and locks it all in so certain points in the music you'll see special effects that coincide with the music, " said Matthews.
 
And they say it's all geared towards Memorial Stadium as the primo spot to watch.
 
"People can be on the grass with their blankets and low chairs, or you can sit in the stands.  We have access to the lower bowl of the stands," said Quinn.
 
The show is 20 minutes long so organizers say the roads around Memorial Stadium should open back up by 10 p.m.

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