July 3

The Lowe’s YMCA July 3 Summer Celebration

The festival will feature performances by the Part Time Blues Band, The Glass Hammers and Pluto for Planet. The event includes inflatables, games, vendors and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

When: 4-10 p.m.

Where: Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Drive, Mooresville

Details: www.ymcacharlotte.org 


July 3-4

Fourth of July festival

The U.S. National Whitewater Center celebrates the Fourth of July with a two-day festival of live music and fireworks. Performing July 3 will be ChessBoxer (4 p.m.), Sol Driven Train (6 p.m.) and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (8 p.m.). The July 4 band lineup is Sons of Bill (4 p.m.), Truth & Salvage Co. (6 p.m.) and moe (9:30 p.m.). Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. both days. Registration for cornhole tournaments (6 p.m. July 3 and 2 p.m. July 4) costs $30 for teams of two if space is available.

When: 3:30-10:30 p.m.

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Pkwy., Charlotte

Details: www.usnwc.org


July 4

Bike Safety Rodeo

The fifth annual offers a course designed to provide safety instructions and bike handling advice to youngsters, ages 3-16. Volunteers from Cool Breeze Cycles will be on hand to provide free bike safety checks in their maintenance tent, coupons for discounted bike helmets and maintenance at their two stores and to man the safety course, coaching young riders.

When: 9-11:45 a.m.

Where: Birkdale Village of Exit 25 in Huntersville

Details: Geoff Steele, 704-875-8876


4th of July Celebration

The 10th annual event includes a parade at 11:45 a.m., as well as bounce houses, face painting, music and water fight between town fire stations.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Birkdale Village of Exit 25 in Huntersville

Details: www.huntersville.org


Parade/Concerts on the Green

Davidson residents celebrate the Fourth of July with a downtown parade and the latest installment of the Concerts on the Green series. The parade, spanning from South Street to Main Street, will include a color guard, fire engine and lots of patriotic residents. Parade marchers are asked to line up at 5:15 p.m. at McEver Field. After the parade, Simplified will perform its unqiue blend of rock and reggae.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Main Street/Town Green in Davidson

Details: Kim Fleming, kfleming@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9622

July 4-6

Red, White and Belmont

The celebration will consist of a weekend-long event that includes live music, fireworks, vendors and carnival rides. Spontanes/Image performs July 4, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Dixie Still performs July 6, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

When: 6:30-10 p.m. July 4 and 2-10 p.m. July 5 and 6

Where: Stowe Park, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont

Details: Reba Edwards 704-813-2922


July 9

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series

The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department screens the film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on an inflatable "blimp" screen. The animated film follows inventor Flint Lockwood, whose invention is creating food-animals. Admission is free with refreshments available to buy. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

When: Dusk

Where: Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive, Cornelius

Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or 704-892-6031 ext. 160


Goo Goo Dolls concert

The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls hit the road in June for an extensive summer amphitheater and arena tour in support of their 10th studio album “Magnetic.” They’ve sold more than 10 million albums since 1986 and scored 14 Top 10 radio hits. Daughtry and Plain White T’s will join them for the Charlotte show.

When: 6:45 p.m.

Where: PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd., Charlotte

Details: www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com or 704-549-1292


For children

July 4

Independence Day

Children celebrate the Fourth of July with red, white and blue activities throughout the day, including treats at 2 p.m. Admission costs $10.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville

Details: http://huntersville.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261


July 7

The Magic of Magnets

Children, ages 5-11, learn about the invisible and powerful magic behind magnetism. Register in advance for the program.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Cornelius Branch Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius

Details: www.cmlibrary.org or 704-416-3800


July 8

Kitchen Chemistry

Children, ages 5-11, explore fun science with reactions. Register through July 5.

When: 2-3 p.m.

Where: North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville

Details: www.cmlibrary.org or 704-416-6031