July 4th happenings

Planning on enjoying fireworks this Fourth of July? Well, we have America’s first Vice President to thank for that.

So, thank you, John Adams

The idea of lighting up the sky on Independence Day was thought up by our nation’s second President.

“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

He wrote, to his wife Abigail, and the Declaration of Independence was transposed the next day.

Charlotteans have an abundance of ways to celebrate with Fireworks shows and more beginning this weekend.

The first annual “Strut your Mutt Talent Show” will be held at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew with proceeds from entry fees going to benefit Long Trails to Happy Tails Dog rescue. There will be dogs available for adoption, as well. This event is a 21 and over party so only your fur children are allowed. For additional details visit

Sunday, July 1st the Charlotte Symphony will light up the sky with colorful fireworks and an amazing performance of songs celebrating America. Tickets are $18.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. “Celebrate America” Festivities begin at 8:15. For more information go to

On July 3rd, Tuesday, the family can take in shows such as “Red White and Boom” in Old Town Rock Hill beginning at 9:45 pm. This spectacular will include fireworks and a free concert.

The US National Whitewater center will also be holding an event on the 3rd with free admission and many other free activities including live music and fireworks. There is a charge for parking.

I am thinking I just might attend the July 4th extravaganza at BB&T Ball Park which is the Skyshow Firework Spectacular. Fireworks will light up our gorgeous skyline right after the 6:05 pm game ends and right outside the stadium from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm there will be a street fair at Romare Bearden Park. Plenty to do for the whole family.

Whether you celebrate with family and friends I leave you with this sentiment from Sinclair Lewis…

"Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country."

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Updated: 31st January, 2018 8:23 PM.

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