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The Independence Day list to end all Independence Day lists 

Don't know what to do for the Fourth? Now you do

Events in Charlotte

4th of July Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center The two-day celebration features outdoor activities, firework displays and live music. July 3: Fireside Collective at 4 p.m.; The Congress at 6 p.m.; The Wood Brothers at 8 p.m.; July 4: Ancient Cities at 4 p.m.; Hollis Brown at 6 p.m.; Dr. Dog at 8 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

4th of July Alley Bash Featuring live music from JaggerMouth, Bubonik Funk, Hectorina, Swarming Branch and Dust & Ashes. July 3, 5 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-561-1781. Snugrock.com.

4th of July Celebration at Charlotte Museum of History Featuring lectures, activities and crafts for children, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site, and a ringing of the American Freedom Bell. $5; Free for members. July 4th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. charlottemuseum.org.

4th of July Celebration and Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular at BB&T Ballpark Ticketed baseball game - Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Sox – followed by fireworks display. The fireworks can also be viewed for free from Romare Bearden Park and free street festival from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. with live music, carnival rides, bounce houses and more. $11 and up for game. skyshowcharlotte.com.

16th Annual Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin' Includes entertainment and food, and more. Featuring live music from Benji Hughes, Temperance League, The Loose Lugnuts, DJ Overcash and more. July 3, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Held in Plaza Midwood.

Celebrate America at Carowinds Featuring a fireworks spectacular. July 3-4, 10 p.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. carowinds.com.

Charlotte Firecracker 5K The 5k course is a loop around the Olde Providence neighborhood and there's also a Family Fun Run. After the race there's a pool party, music, food and drinks. July 3, 7 p.m. Olde Providence Elementary, 3800 Rea Road. charlottefirecracker5k.racesonline.com.

Hickory Grove Parade and Celebration Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at HG Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road and is followed by a celebration at The Grove Church, 5735 East W.T. Harris Blvd. from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Featuring live music, games, food and contests. July 4. hickorygroveparade.org.

Independence Day Celebration at The Station Celebration with live music — Female Gibson (Travis Lopshire & Travis Philips), Bart Lattimore, Truck Stop Preachers, Modern Primitives, Robert Childers & His Luciferian Agenda and Patabamba. The stage will be set up between Midwood & The Station. After party at The Station. July 3, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. The Station, 2131 Central Ave.

Independence Day Party at Tropix Presented by Passport Lifestyle, the event features guest DJs, live performances, dancers, hookah, giveaways, food and more. July 3, 6:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Tropix, 4701 N. Tryon St. 1stDayParty.eventbrite.com.

Pre-Independence Sunday Funday All day long the folks at Whisky River will be offering all-you-can-eat baby corn dogs for $6.99, half off all burgers, and drink specials. July 3, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., Suite A208. thewhiskyriver.com.

Red White and Brews Bar Crawl Enjoy craft brews, free cover, & discounts at participating EpiCentre bars. Registration begins at 7p.m. at Rooftop210. T-shirt included. $15. July 2, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. eventbrite.com. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St., Suite 230B.

Red, White and Brew Bash at Howl at The Moon Featuring dueling pianos, drink specials, food, games, and prizes. July 3. Howl at the Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. howlatthemoon.com.

Sunday Fundae Cookout For America Celebrate America with handcrafted sodas, floats, sundaes, hotdogs from Boss Dogs, cornhole and music. July 3, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Harts Soda Shop, 908 E. 35th St. 704-299-1642. hartssodashop.com.

Summer Pop: Celebrate America Charlotte Symphony presents this patriotic concert that includes "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Armed Services Salute," "Liberty Fanfare," and more. The concert is followed by fireworks. July 1. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert starts at 7 p.m. Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. charlottesymphony.org.

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Events Outside of Charlotte

4th of July Celebration in Tega Cay The land parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Canoe joust and boat parade departs at 11 a.m. Caroline Show Ski Team performance at 1 p.m., followed by a fish fry and a fireworks display. July 4. tegacaysc.org/1019/4th-of-July-Celebration.

4th of July Celebration in Matthews "Peoples Parade" starts at the Matthews Town Hall. The festivities include food, activities for the kids and live music from Too Much Sylvia at 7 p.m. July 2, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Stumptown Park, South Trade St., Matthews.

4th of July in Davidson Featuring a downtown parade and a concert on the green, featuring Ted Vigil. July 3, 5 p.m. Held in downtown Davidson. ci.davidson.nc.us/865/4th-of-July.

4th of July Extravaganza at Queens Landing In addition to a fireworks display over Lake Norman, there are river cruises (additional cost, July 2-4), carnival rides, food trucks and fire dancers. July 2, 9 p.m. 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. queenslanding.com.

4th of July Celebration at Birkdale Village Featuring bike decorating and a patriotic bike ride, live music, craft tables, and more. Plus, there's the annual Huntersville Fire Department water fight at 12:15 p.m. July 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.

4th of July Extravaganza Featuring live music, food, games, fireworks, a softball game, a bonfire and more. Presented by CiRCE Institute. July 2, 3 p.m. Hardin Farm, 4501 Gold Hill Road, Concord.

Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration Featuring fireworks, amusements, food, a parade, arts and crafts and entertainment. June 30-July 2. Held in downtown Harrisburg. harrisburgjuly4th.com.

Independence Day Celebration Featuring family activities, live music and a fireworks display. July 3, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Lowe's YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville.

Red, White and Boom The family-friendly event features live music (The Carolina Rhythm Band at 6:30 p.m.; The Atlanta Party Band at 6:15 p.m.), food and activities. Ice cream eating contest at 6:15 p.m. and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. July 3. Held in Old Town Rock Hill. onlyinoldtown.com.

Red, White and Brew Featured breweries include Rivermen Brewing, York Chester Brewing Co., Newgrass Brewing, Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, NoDa Brewing, Mother Earth Brewing, and more. Also includes food trucks and live music (Heroes at Last). July 2, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. $35-$45. 10 E. Catawba St. Belmont.

Statesville Fireworks Celebration Featuring live music, games and activities, fireworks and more.1875 Simonton Road, Statesville.

Summer Pop: Celebrate America Charlotte Symphony presents this patriotic concert that's followed by fireworks. Free. June 30, 8:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Village Park, 8th St Greenway, Kannapolis. charlottesymphony.org.

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