Saturday, July 4, 2015

Today's July 4th Fireworks and Parties!

Today's the big day and there are fireworks galore from uptown to Carowinds. Grab the kids, a blanket, some libations and have fun!

All You Can Eat - Midwood Smokehouse hosts a rib-eating challenge benefitting Claire’s Army, a local nonprofit supporting families fighting childhood cancer. Contestants will have thirty minutes to finish a full rack of baby back ribs, 7oz. portions of collard greens, baked beans, potato salad along with Texas toast and a slice of watermelon. The winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to Midwood Smokehouse and a grill set and apron from Hormel. 3 p.m. Midwood Smokehouse, 1401 Central Ave Ste 101. Entry form.

Plaza-Midwood Tradition - The 15th Annual Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin' will feature bands on three outdoor stages at The Diamond, Sherwin Williams paint store, and Snug Harbor. Various food vendors at each stage. 4-10 p.m. Full lineup.

Two-day Festival - Spend two days celebrating the fourth at the Fifth Annual 4th of July Celebration. Starts today at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Festivities include live music, bar games and fireworks. US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Details.

 July 4th Parade - It’s a July 4 tradition in East Charlotte. Politicians and a variety of organizations celebrate the 4th of July in the Hickory Grove Parade. The parade winds along Harris Boulevard starting around the intersection of Hickory Grove. Ends with a block party at Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Rd, with live music, games, food, and contests.

Jazz Festival - Spend the 4th of July under the stars at the Charlotte Jazz & Wine Festival. Rt 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd. $25.

Day Party - Head over to the N.C. Music Factory for DayJaVu: 4th of July Day Party. Complimentary cookout while the food lasts. 4 p.m. Label Nightclub.

Fireworks - Bring the family to watch Team USA v. Cuba and then enjoy a fireworks show at the WBT Skyshow. 2 p.m. BB&T Ballpark: 324 South Mint Street.

House Music 
RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party returns for the 4th of July edition. Petra's Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.

Not A July 4th Party But Still...

Sultry Jazz - Jazz singer and actress Maria Howell preforms two shows. Friday’s show already sold out so don’t miss your chance to see her tonight. She’ll be singing the classics. 6 p.m. Bechtler, 420 S Tryon St. Tickets.