Some Independence Day celebrations, fireworks

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2018

Charlotte Symphony and fireworks in Kannapolis
7 p.m. June 29
Concert in Village Park with the Charlotte Symphony, followed by fireworks
Nathan Angelo (the flair of jazz and the heartache of the Delta blues) will open for the Charlotte Symphony.
The Charlotte Symphony will perform a program of patriotic music.
Shuttles start at 5 p.m. and run from City Hall, the lot behind Nova Credit Union, and Cabarrus Health Alliance.
Free admission. Details at


Mocksville Independence Day Celebration
6-10 p.m. June 30
MOCKSVILLE — Mocksville will host its Independence Day celebration and fireworks event at Rich Park and Davie Family YMCA soccer and track complex.
Admission is free. There will be vendors, activities for the kids and live music by Jim Quick and the Coastline band from 6-8:15 p.m.
Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 1 (fireworks only).
Find up-to-date information at


NC Transportation Museum
9:15 p.m. June 30

SPENCER — The North Carolina Transportation Museum presented fireworks for the first time ever  last year. This year, for the first time ever, those fireworks will be free and open to the public, sponsored by the town of Spencer. Everyone is invited to view the fireworks, with gates opening at 8:45 p.m. Firework displays are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m., following the ticketed Saturday events at Salute The Troops. or 704-636-2889.


All American Celebration and Car Show
4 p.m. July 1
You are invited to a free, kid-friendly birthday party for the United States at 4 p.m. Sunday July 1.
Bring your cars, trucks, bikes and tractors to show at Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road.
Hot dogs, popcorn, cold drinks and ice cream will be provided. Learn more at 704-633-8200.


Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony
CHARLOTTE — Every Year millions of Americans celebrate Fourth of July with food and fanfare.  For a lucky few though, July 4th also represents the beginning of their journey as new citizens of the United States of America.  The Charlotte Museum of History is proud to invite you to be a part of this tremendous experience as we welcome these new citizens into our Charlotte community.
The museum’s Independence Day celebration takes place on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive.
10 a.m. – Home site tours, crafts and carnival activities happen throughout the day, with the exception of the 11 a.m. hour, when the Oath & Naturalization Ceremony occurs.
11 a.m. – U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony
12 p.m. – Ringing of the American Freedom Bell
1 p.m. – Lecture by Dr. S. Max Edelson, the third in our Ron Hankins “History Talks” Lecture Series sponsored by Wells Fargo. Dr. Edelson will use dynamic illustrations of original maps of the U.S. colonies to show Great Britain’s plans to create a new London-controlled empire, over which the American colonists would have little influence. His lecture explains how Americans reacted to this grand scheme and rejected the bonds of empire.
This event is Free and open to any members of the public looking to learn. 704-568-1774,


Kannapolis Intimidators
July 4

KANNAPOLIS — Come celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave on Wednesday, July 4th on the birthday of our beloved country! We are saving up our biggest and best to honor the USA so make sure to come out in your patriotic gear to enjoy the fireworks show! First pitch vs. the Hickory Crawldads is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 and up. Fireworks follow the game.


Experience the High Country’s largest fireworks display as Tweetsie Railroad celebrates 61st anniversary on Independence Day
July 4

BLOWING ROCK — Tweetsie Railroad will host the most spectacular Fourth of July celebration in the High Country in honor of the nation’s birthday and the park’s 61st anniversary. On, July 4, North Carolina’s first theme park hosts a fireworks show featuring more than 200 large caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells illuminating the sky. This year’s fireworks show is set to be one of the theme park’s biggest ever, and the largest display in Western N.C. The park will stay open until 9 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Before the evening fireworks, enjoy a day of adventure with rides, live shows and other attractions at Tweetsie Railroad: ride a train pulled by one of Tweetsie’s legendary steam locomotives, visit animals in the Deer Park Zoo, pan for gold at Miner’s Mountain and much more.
Parking during the July 4th celebration is free. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5.
For more information visit or call 877.TWEETSIE.

Outlaw Kart Points Race no. 9 plus fireworks
July 4
Millbridge Speedway, 6670 Mooresville Road, 704-701-1665,


48th annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion June 30-July 4
DENTON — The 48th Annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion, the largest steam, gas-engine and antique farm show in the Southeastern U.S., will take place June 30-July 4 at Denton FarmPark. Along with historic demonstrations of threshing — from horse-drawn to steam- and gas-powered machinery — hundreds of antique tractors, cars and engines will be on display.
New this year is “Lawn and Garden Daze,” a collection of lawn and garden equipment. Karen Miller, co-owner of Denton FarmPark, says “More people today reminisce about their first lawnmower ride, perhaps with their father or grandfather, rather than their first ride on a tractor.”
The festival began as a celebration of threshing, the process of separating edible grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. In recent years, the Reunion has expanded to include more than 1,000 antique tractors, wood sawing demonstrations, border collie herding, crafts, lawnmower-pull, tractor-pull and pedal-pull contests, live music and kids’ activities. Helicopter and train rides will be offered for an additional fee. A fireworks show will take place July 4 at 9 p.m.
Before the official Reunion begins, the Seventh Annual Tractor Ride will take place on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. Those who wish to ride can register the morning of the event between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Registration fees will benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate; multiple-day tickets are available for a discount.

Saturday: Antique consignment auction, Pedal pull for kids, Horse pull, Auction benefiting the Masonic Home for Children, Threshers Reunion Queen Pageant

Sunday: Pedal pull for kids, Music by the Cook Family, Performances by The Churchmen, Music by The Martins, Tractor games

Monday: Music by the Brad Hudson Band, Music by Teea Goans, Lawnmower pull

Tuesday: Music by Second Chance Bluegrass, Music by Exile, Stock tractor pull

Tuesday, July 4: Music by the Dewey Bass Band, Music by Jason Michael Carroll, Super tractor pull, 9 p.m.: Fireworks

Denton is about 25 miles from Salisbury, in Davidson County.


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