Check out this list of events celebrating the 4th of July in Charlotte and the surrounding area as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
Fri., July 2
4th OF JULY CELEBRATION KICKOFF 1-2-3 night with DJ trey also. $1 domestic drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3 wells. The band will also play their world famous drinking game (1-2-3 DRINK) all night long. Double Door at the Lake, 19507 W Catawba Ave., Cornelius.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY CELEBRATE AMERICA CONCERT Free. Prelude performances at 7 p.m.; orchestra concert at 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.charlottesymphony.org. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis.
RED, WHITE & BAM! INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND KICK-OFF Fabulous divas show with a sexiest patriotic underwear contest and free cookout. $5 cover. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Scorpio, 2301 Freedom Drive, Charlotte. 704- 373-9124.
Sat., July 3
CONCERT ON THE GREEN Come celebrate Independence Day at the Village Green, where 70s-style DaThrowback Band will perform. Free. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Davidson Village Green, Concord Street and Main Street, Davidson.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY CELEBRATE AMERICA CONCERT Free. Prelude performances at 7 p.m.; orchestra concert at 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.charlottesymphony.org. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte.
4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL AT U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER Spend your Fourth of July at the USNWC during its two-day festival. Include activities for the whole family, live music from Acoustic Syndicate, Eric Lindel, Simplified and more, and a fireworks display. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Festivities include children's games, inflatables, rock climbing, a patriotic concert by the Lake Norman Orchestra and community choir, arts and crafts vendors, a fireworks display and more. Free. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. 170 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville. 704-716-4000. www.ymcacharlotte.org/lowes.
THE COOKOUT ON THE PATIO Sponsored by My 92.7 and Tempo. First 92 people in for free. $1 beers, $3 drink specials, free BBQ buffet. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. For more information, visit www.tempocharlotte.com.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE BASH Summer concert series featuring Trial By Fire (Journey tribute band) at Pavilion at EpiCentre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for free tickets at www.pavilionatepicentre.com.
Sun., July 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY Featuring family-friendly colonial games and various family-friendly activities. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT HOLIDAY INN CENTER CITY This 4th of July celebration will feature live DJ music, a rooftop view of uptown fireworks display, cash bar, food and more. $10-$15 for all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and chips. Holiday Inn Center City, 230 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-335-5400. www.hicharlotte.com.
CAROWINDS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: NIGHT OF FIRE Flag Ceremony, Posting of the Colors and POW Salute by Rock Hill American Legion Post 34 Honor Guard at 12 p.m.; Fireworks at 10 p.m. Special meal and admission tickets available. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.
4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL AT U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER Spend your Fourth of July at the USNWC. Festivities include activities for the whole family, live music from Acoustic Syndicate, Eric Lindel, Simplified and more, and a fireworks display. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
RED, WHITE, AND BOOM! PRESENTED BY LANCE The day-long celebration offers loads of activities, games and prizes for children (and adults), but it also includes food, music and fireworks simulcast with music tracks provided by WKKT 96.9 Kat Country. Free admission. Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. For more information, visit http://findyourcenter.com/things-to-do/signature-event/10/Red--White---Boom--Presented-by-Lance/.
THE OFFICIAL 4TH OF JULY PARTY [LATIN TWIST] Music by DJ Tremendo, 18 to party, 21 to drink. Halo, 820 Hamilton St. www.haloclt.com.
THIS IS IT: 4TH OF JULY SHINDIG AT THE FORUM Yes, we know its officially closed, but theyre opening their doors for this special event, This Is It, featuring the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to spin an eclectic mix of hip-hop, soul, rock and whatever else he damn-well pleases at The Forum. If you missed his last appearance at CIAA, you need to come out for this. For more details, visit www.audiofloss.com. $10 in advance. Doors open at 10 p.m. The Forum, 300 N. College St., Charlotte. For tickets visit www.thesolkitchen.com or www.etix.com; VIP: 704-287-7653; Tables: 336-848-1950.
RED, WHITE & BREW AT HOWL AT THE MOON 4th of July celebration featuring drink specials. Howl At The Moon, 210 East Trade St., Charlotte. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE PARKING DECK ROOFTOP PARTY Free beer, food and mixed drinks. Live music by Pradigy. $10 in advance. Blake Hotel rooftop, 555 S. McDowell St. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. For more information, visit www.campusflavamag.com.
10TH ANNUAL PENGUIN PIG PICKIN' AT PENGUIN DRIVE-IN Entertainment includes Appalucia, Parodi Kings, Truckstop Preachers, Andy the Doorbum and The Flat Tires. Food and cold drinks will be sold throughout the event. Free admission. 1929 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 704-375-6959.
SUNSET SUNDAY ... 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Hosted by Young Veterans Entertainment. Music by DJ Dexter Dynamite. Everyone is free before 11 p.m., ladies free before 11:30 p.m. with e-mail pass. Visit www.young-vets.comfor more information. The Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd. www.sunsetclubcharlotte.com.