“From nostalgic patriotic parades to community festivals with firework displays to myriad planned and spontaneous raft- up (boat) parties on Lake Norman, there truly is something for everyone here in the greater Lake Norman area this 4th of July. Get out of your home, save gas and have a great time!” I wrote this two years ago and it is still just as true this year. So, here is the run down on Lake Norman’s 4th of July festivities 2010:
Saturday, July 3rd at 11:00am the 6th Annual Iredell County Independence Day Parade will be held on a 3-mile route from the Iredell County Fair Grounds ending at the Troutman Elementary School. (Highway 21).If you want to experience a slice of true small-town Americana, this is a must attend parade. The streets are lined with flags, yellow ribbons and folks of all ages, many with signs honoring our military past and present. The parade itself has over one hundred entries including floats with United States Veterans from all of our wars, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor! This year the Gold Star Mothers will be leading the way as the Grand Marshalls. Gold Star Mothers are those that have lost a son or daughter during their service to the United States.
For the younger crowd, Saturday, June 26th, Vinnie’s Raw Oyster Bar is holding their popular annual bikini contest (it’s not too late to enter!) and the Miss SKYBAR Bikini contest is Wednesday, June 30th.
Saturday, July 3rd from 4:00pm – 10:00m is the fourth Annual Summer Celebration at Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville. This free event will feature children’s games, inflatables, rock climbing and velcrowalls, a jousting arena, balloon artists, face painting, a veteran’s ceremony and a performance by the Lake Norman Orchestra and Community Choir. This year there will be a new Teen area with added festivities and with the youth band Jeremiah’s Passion playing at 4pm. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks show. There will also be 100 food vendors, local arts and crafts and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
The Town of Huntersville will be hosting their 8th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Birkdale Village…a family-friendly celebration! Radio Disney will be on location starting at 11am and the Independence Day parade kicks off at 11:30. At noon, the bike contest will be judged and prizes awarded by Mayor Jill Swain. To cool off, a water fight will begin at 12:15 courtesy of the Huntersville and Gilead Fire Departments. Children’s activities include the bike decorating contest, kid art, face painting, balloons and a bounce house. For more details: 704.895.8744
The Town of Davidson will hold their annual Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4th from 5:15 – 8p.m. Festivities include their annual small-town parade. All are invited to “patriotically dress their bicycles, wagons, pets and strollers and participate by meeting at Davidson Town Hall and lining up by 5:15pm. Da Throwback Band will perform a Concert on the Green beginning at 6pm. Music and games for all ages will be set up on the Village Green and a children amusement area will be available for a $5 admission. There will be no fireworks this year. More information: 704.892.7591.
The Town of Cornelius will also be celebrating on July 4th in a family-friendly way. Starting at 6:30pm, families can play games, dance and picnic at this casual patriotic presentation. At 6:30, local favorite Robin Burke and guest Kary Wall will treat guests to hits of the 70’s and 80’s. Kids can ride the trackless train, make their own spin art or play various games on the lawn. At 8:30pm the movie Avatar will be shown on the blimp screen. Located at the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. 704.892.6031 ext 160.
Fireworks displays are officially planned for Queens Landing on Lake Norman on Saturday, July 3rd starting at 7pm, but trust me, if you are out on the lake, you will see many private fireworks displays!
If you want to party, The Sandbar is always a lot of adult fun. Their party runs from 1:00pm – 9:00pm on July 4th. For more information: . Where is the Sandbar? Here are the directions to the Sandbar. Be sure to check out LKNfun.com where you will find a great list of celebrations at our many restaurants and bars.
Going to Uptown Charlotte? On July 4th at 9:30pm there will be a spectacular fireworks display at the Memorial Stadium. “Red White and Boom!” will offer “wholesome family fun” Admission is free and the fireworks show can also be viewed from a variety of locations around the city.
Finally, if you want to have your own, legal, fireworks display, in past years they have set up a stand where they sell fireworks at the corner of Williamson Rd. and Brawley School Rd. about a week before the 4th. They arrived!
Have fun and be safe!