What to Expect in Charlotte for this 4th of July 2020

Charlotte 4th of July 2020
Charlotte 4th of July 2020 - Photo courtesy of Charlotte Symphony

Wondering what will go on in Charlotte for the 4th of July 2020?


While things will look different, and some towns in the Mecklenburg area have already cancelled their usual festivities, some are still going on with modifications. Note that as of this time no official decision about Phase 3 for North Carolina has been made, so all plans are still subject to change in compliance with the statewide order from Governor Cooper.

Here is what you can do, and where, with the family this year. Enjoy the holiday and stay safe. Masks, while still not mandatory, continue to be strongly encouraged in public.

Cramerton Fireworks

Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at 9:15 p.m.

The celebration will be fireworks only and will be launched from Goat Island Park. Seating will not be allowed at Centennial Center. A week before the event, they will inflate a large red balloon at the approximate average height of the fireworks so you can find a viewing spot accordingly, based on your ability to see the balloon.

Fireworks Night with Gastonia Grizzles

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $15 for the Gastonia Grizzles game against Forest City Owls, which is followed by fireworks. The event will be held at Sims Legion Park, 1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia.

4th of July Festival at US National Whitewater Center

Friday, July 3rd, and Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s annual event includes live music, fireworks and competitions. There’s a charge for the competitions, and regular rates apply for activities. The team at USNWC notes that this event is dependent on North Carolina entering Phase 3 or receiving some other guidance from the Governor that would allow it. The event will be free (parking is $6 – bring cash).

Charlotte 4th of July 2020

Charlotte 4th of July 2020 – The USNWC’s Fireworks Show. Photos by Kyo H. Nam

City of Kings Mountain Fireworks Show

Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 9:45 p.m.

This year, Kings Mountain won’t have a festival or live music, but is still presenting their fireworks show. There is no central viewing area for the show but you can watch from multiple areas near Downtown Kings Mountain, or from your parked car. The website will have updated information at cityofkm.com

Tega Cay SC’s 4th of July Celebration

Saturday July 4th, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tega Cay’s annual celebration includes a land parade, a paddleboard joust, a boat parade, a performance by Carolina Show Ski Team, and fireworks. Each event takes place at different locations, so visit the town website for more information: tegacaysc.org

Lake Wylie Fireworks Display

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You can view Lake Wylie’s fireworks show from The Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, Papa Doc’s outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza, Bagel Boat and Long Cove Resort. Park  by the Buster Boyd Bridge at S.C. Hwy 49 at Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Cancelled July 4 Plans

Harrisburg Town Fireworks

Indian Trail Town Fireworks

Mooresville YMCA Fireworks