For July 4th 2016 events go to: Lake Norman’s 2016 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations
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 FOUR 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 2012:
Saturday, June 30th at 11:00am the 8th 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 150 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 Tuskegee Airman as their Grand Marshals. Again this year the parade is followed by the Town of Troutman’s Independence Celebration festival “ending with a breathtaking fireworks display!
For the younger crowd, on Saturday, June 30th, 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. Last year 30,000 people gathered 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 list of specific activities at this event are from last year. As soon as they update their website you can learn more about this year’s).
The Town of Huntersville will be hosting their 8th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, 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 just released their plans for their annual Fourth of July Celebration. It will be on Sunday, July 1st 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. Shaggie Maggie 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. There will be no fireworks this year. More information: 704.892.7591.
The Town of Cornelius also hasn’t yet published their plans for 2012. Last year they celebrated 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 4th. 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
****NEW: There will also be firework shows at the Lake Norman Yacht Club and at The Point’s Trump National Gold Club. This is is, according to the Mooresville Tribune on 6/25 “will be, by far the largest in the county. The show will be the first at the golf club since Donald Trump purchased it in Mooresville, and the mortars and shells for the show are so large that Fire Marshall’s office is requiring New York-based BAY Fireworks Pyrotechnic Engineering to notify the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that nigh so airplanes ca be directed to a different flight plan.”!!!
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. 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 2 days of free live music (starts at 4:00pm each day) and fireworks both nights. The celebration will begin on Tuesday July 3rd and conclude on Wednesday, July 4th. 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!