The 4th of July weekend will be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning a fun holiday with your family. With the price of gas, many people will probably be sticking close to home this year. Living in Charlotte, NC makes it easy to find local 4th of July activities. Here are a few of the best around the Charlotte area.
Carowind’s Theme Park (which sits on the NC/SC border) is a family favorite year after year. Not only can you enjoy all of the exciting rides in the park, there is food to fit any palate…as well as entertainment and shopping. And to cool off, there is Boomerang Bay, a huge water park complete with pools and water slides. On July 4th, park guests will get the added treat of Night of Fire, a computer designed and controlled fireworks/musical extravaganza. Night of Fire is free with park admission. For more information, call 704-588-2600 or toll-free 1-800-888-4386.
For those who prefer a more old fashioned July 4th holiday, what could be better than a night of baseball, hot dogs, and fireworks? On of the Southeast’s largest fireworks displays will follow the Charlotte Knights game which is held in Knight’s stadium in Fort Mill, SC. The fireworks show is synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack which will be played live on WBT radio. For more information, call 704-36-HOMER.
For the more adventurous minded, how about a trip to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte? Along with the Class III/IV Whitewater rafting, there is a 46′ rock spire as well as hiking trails. On July 4th there will be a Bluegrass festival, fun activities for the kids, lots of food, and fireworks. For more information, call 704-391-3900.
Although all of the above are great activities, for some nothing beats a good old backyard barbeque with family and friends. This is a great way to get together with people you love but don’t get to spend a lot of time with. Have everyone bring a dish to share. After the barbeque, you can make use of the safe and legal fireworks or you can load everyone up in the car and view some of the above shows from a safe (and free) distance.
Another option for a great holiday weekend is to take a short trip from Charlotte to the NC mountains for a nice, cool, relaxing retreat. There are a lot of things to do there. You can go whitewater rafting, visit Grandfather Mountain or the Biltmore Estate. There are miles of Blue Ridge Parkway you can drive or bicycle on, and several spots with hiking trails for a nice relaxing picnic. The NC mountains are only a couple of hours from Charlotte.
However you choose to spend your 4th of July holiday, have fun and be safe!