See below for events and dates.
On July 4th in 1776 our country celebrated it’s independence from Great Britain. Across the country Americans still celebrate our Independence Day every year. Many areas celebrate with beautiful and glorious displays of fireworks; lots of cities towns also celebrate with parades and festivals.
Many people don’t realize that congress actually secretly voted for our independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. However, the Declaration of Independence was first published on July 4, 1776 and the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. On August 2, 1776 the delegates began signing. The term “Independence Day” was not used until 1791. It wasn’t until 1870 that Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees, then in 1941 it became a paid holiday for federal employees.
John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 and described the celebration as “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations”.
Also noteworthy, on July 4th, 1826, fifty years after we established our independence, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed away. Both of these great men were signers of the Declaration of Independence and were both presidents of the United States.
Wherever and however you celebrate our Independence Day this year we wish you a very happy and safe 4th of July!
July 4th celebrations for 2015 in our area include:
June 27th at 11:00 a.m. – Troutman Independence Day Parade, this is a free event honoring veterans and starts at 11:00 a.m. There will be live music, beer & wine, a kids zone ($5 per hour) and food & craft vendors. Fireworks will begin at dark.
July 3rd from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Lowes YMCA in Mooresville, Summer Celebration & Fireworks, this event will include music, games, inflatables and vendors. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30.
July 3rd from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. – Summer Pops: Celebrate America! This even is held at Symphony Park (Southpark mall), this is a star-spangled celebration of American Independence featuring all the patriotic favorites and some favorite pop music too. There will be fireworks at the end of the show.
July 3rd – 4th – U.S. National Whitewater Center’s 4th of July Festival, this is a two day celebration with outdoor adventure, live music and spectacular firework displays at 9:30 each night. Musical performances in the afternoon and evening. Bring blankets and chairs.
July 4th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Birkdale Village July 4th celebration, this free event includes balloon twisting, face painting, bike decorating, parade and a fire department water fight!
July 4th at 5:30 – Davidson, come dressed in your red, white and blue and celebrate Independence Day! Participants who are dressed in old glory’s colors may bring decorated bikes, wagons and pets to march in the parade down Main St. The line up will begin at 5:15 at Davidson Elementary School parking lot on South Street.
July 4th at 6:00 p.m. – Davidson, Concert on the Green featuring Pushh, after the parade down main street come enjoy the concert on the green. This year will be featuring the band Pushh.
July 4th at 9:00 p.m. – Queen’s Landing, the Queen’s Landing Fireworks Display is free to public. Also free to the public are multiple cruises throughout the day. There is also a boat cruise from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. which will cost $90 and will include heavy d’oeuvres and a great view of the fireworks from the lake.
July 4th at 2:00p.m. – Skyshow and Street Party 2015 at the BB&T Ball Park, team USA plays Cuba, the street party begins at 2:00 and the gates open at 5:00 p.m.
July 4th at 10:00 p.m. – Carowinds – Celebrate America Fireworks Show, join Carowinds for their biggest fireworks show of the season.