July 4th celebrations will sizzle

July 1, 2013 

Lake Wylie’s Fourth of July celebration includes a fireworks show at dusk, about 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks will be launched from the YMCA Camp Thunderbird, near Buster Boyd Bridge area.

Camp Thunderbird Director of Operations Brad Rippetoe said Friday at press time, “We’ve had really good donations coming in the last few days but we’re still $3,500 short of our goal.”

The annual lake fireworks show costs $20,000.

But, Rippetoe said, he’s pretty confident the money will come in and the show will be as big as in years past.

Contributions for the annual community fireworks display may be mailed to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Or call the camp directly at 704-716-4100. The show is solely supported by donations.

Other area Fourth of July events:

•  Tega Cay’s Independence Day celebration and 31st birthday party include a full day of events. 9 a.m., Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament at Tega Cay Golf Club; 10 a.m., Land Parade along Tega Cay Drive; 11 a.m., Boat Parade in Tega Cay begins at Nivens Creek, ending at Windjammer Park about 12:30 p.m. with best viewing at the park; 1 p.m., Canoe Joust at Windjammer Park; registration is $10 per two-person team; 3 p.m., Carolina Show Ski Team performance at Windjammer Park; 3 p.m., Splish-n-Splash at the Glennon Center parking lot in Tega Cay; water events open for children from 3 to 5 p.m.; 4:30-7:30 p.m., Tega Cay Lions Club Fish Fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Glennon Center; 8:15 p.m., birthday celebration at the Glennon Center; 9:30 p.m., fireworks on the lawn at the Glennon Center.

• The July 4th Spectacular at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte includes live music, a race and other events along with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. charlottecentercity.org

•  Nights of Fire begins and runs at 10 p.m. every night through Aug. 11 at Carowinds. The park also offers free admission July 3-4 for active, inactive and retired military with a valid identification.; carowinds.com

•  Fort Mill’s patriotic program begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with guest speaker and state Rep. Raye Felder. Shortly after, around 10:45-11 a.m., guests will work their way to Confederate Park for the canon firing.

•  The city of York will host its annual celebration and fireworks from 6 to 10 p.m. in the stadium at York Middle on U.S. 321. Live music will be provided by the Entertainers and 10 inflatable activities will be available in a children’s area. Food and drinks will be sold. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. Admission and children’s events are free.

•  Independence Day at Hightower Hall will be host activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Patriots will celebrate as they did in 1854. Activities will include dancing and music, historic games, a militia muster with musket firing demonstrations and tours of Hightower Hall. Guests will also hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Food and drinks will be sold by the Friends of Brattonsville. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for youth ages 4 to 17. Children 3 and under and Culture and Heritage Museum members admitted free. For information, visit chmuseums.org.

•  July 4th Celebration at The White Home’s celebration will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home at the corner of East White Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Rock Hill. There will be costumed guided tours of the historic home, with games and activities for adults and children such as croquet and three-legged races. Picnicking welcome. Lemonade, watermelon and baked goods will be available for purchase. Marsh Tacky horses are also expected to visit. Regular admission rates apply. HRH Members and active Military free.

•  The 11th annual Red, White and Boom Independence Day festival will be held Wednesday, July 3, on Main Street, in downtown Rock Hill, with a free concert featuring Carolinas Wind Orchestra at 5:30 p.m., the Battle of the Bands winner at 7 p.m. and Rough Draft at 8:15 p.m. Children’s activities, food and drink vendors and ice cream eating contest are also planned with fireworks at 10 p.m. onlyinoldtown.com

•  The Coca-Cola Fourth of July Festival takes place July 3-4 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Activities include rafting, zip-lining, cornhole tournaments and fireworks both nights. Live music begins at 4 p.m. both days.; usnwc.org

• The Charlotte Knights host the WBT SkyShow after completion of their 7:15 p.m. game against the Durham Bulls July 3. It’s the largest fireworks show of the season for the team. The Knights also have one of their many Saturday night firework shows July 6 after their game with the Norfolk Tides.

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