“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 three 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 2011:
Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00am the 7th Annual Troutman Independence Celebration 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, old-fashion, 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, military units, WWII Vehicles, local clubs and civic organizations, beauty queens and just about any thing you can imagine including at least one John Deere Tractor! This year they are honoring Purple Heart recipients as their Grand Marshals. And they will have a special recognition of World War II Merchant Marines. New this year the parade is followed by the Town of Troutman’s Independance Celebration festival “ending with a breathtaking fireworks display!
For the younger crowd, on Saturday, June 25th, Vinnie’s Raw Oyster Bar is holding their popular annual bikini contest (it’s not too late to enter!). VIP Tables available.
Celebrate our country’s freedom at the Lowe’s YMCA’s Summer Celebration on July 3rd for one of the biggest, baddest Independence Day fireworks show in the area. 20,000 people are expected to gather at and around the Y for family fun, music, food vendors and – of course – FIREWORKS! The celebration will kickoff at 4pm with activities for the kids including inflatables, face painting, games, and balloons. Lowes Home Improvement is also providing ” Build and Grow” building kits for kids and families to work on together. At 8:30 the Peninsula Baptist Church will present a flag ceremony which will be followed by the fireworks at 9:30pm. The event is free and open to the public but all proceeds from sponsors and vendors will benefit the Lowes Community Support Campaign.
The Town of Huntersville will be hosting their 9th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Birkdale Village…a family-friendly celebration! Activities include a parade, a bike decorating contest, a water fight between the fire stations, childrens’ arts and crafts, face painting, a clown bounce, music, food and “A whole lot of fun!!!”. For more details: 704.895.8744
The Town of Davidson will hold their annual Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 3th 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 at The 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 “laid back” family-friendly way. Starting at 6:30pm, families can play games, dance and picnic at this casual patriotic presentation. At 6:30pm: Acoustic Soulution, kids can ride the trackless train, concessions, Coca-Cola activities including touchscreen Coke games, wii games, free product samplings and more! At 8:30pm the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be shown on the blimp screen. Located at the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. 704.892.6031 ext 160.
Just Confirmed: Fireworks displays are officially planned for Queens Landing on Lake Norman on Saturday, July 2nd. They are billing this “the largest fireworks celebration on the lake!” Fireworks are expected to begin at around 9:15pm. For more information: Queen’s Landing Website
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 from their 2009 event: LKN Social. 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.
Coca Cola 4th of July Festival at the U.S. Whitewater Center: ” The Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival is the biggest event of the year with 3 consecutive days of free live music and fireworks. The weekend-long celebration will begin on Saturday, July 2 and conclude on Monday, July 4″. Free!
Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular (Red White and BOOM!) will offer a spectacular fireworks display at the Memorial Stadium in Uptown Charlotte. From 4:00pm to 10:00pm on July 4th. There will be plenty of “family-friendly activities including watermelon eating contests, sack races, tug-of-war and more!” Live music. At 9:30 p.m., one of the area’s biggest and longest fireworks displays begins so come early and bring a blanket.
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.
Have fun and be safe!