Lake Wylie gets ready to celebrate Independence Day

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJune 29, 2014 

— There are plenty of places and ways to celebrate July 4 in and around York County, from water events to canon firing.

July 4 is the biggest boating day each year on Lake Wylie. It culminates in a fireworks show that night. July 4 is an all-day event in Tega Cay, where the city also celebrates its own birthday. Fort Mill is switching up one of its main July 4 events this year.

“We aren’t going to have a speaker this year,” said Kimberly Starnes, town spokeswoman. “We have three awesome Doby’s Bridge (Elementary) students who are going to give Declaration of Independence history and read the preamble to the Constitution. We have two singers and the Elks Club is going to do History of the Flag.”

Below is a rundown of what’s happening for July 4:

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display begins at dusk, about 9:30 p.m. The best viewing is from Buster Boyd Access area and Lake Wylie Plaza, including the several restaurants there.

Tega Cay

Tega Cay has a full lineup of events as the city celebrates not only the nation’s, but its own birthday July 4. This year the city turns 32.

Events start with a golf tournament and land parade at 9 a.m. down Tega Cay Drive. Free trolley rides to Windjammer Park will have guests there in time for the canoe joust at 11 a.m., the arrival of the boat parade at 12:30 p.m. and a performance by the Carolina Show Ski Team at 1 p.m.

The golf club pavilion hosts a Splish-n-Splash Summer Bash 3-5 p.m. where children can play on wet slide inflatables. The same site hosts the Tega Cay Lions Club annual fish fry 4:30-7:30 p.m. and city ceremonies with birthday cake at 8:15 p.m.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Fort Mill

The town hosts its annual July 4 program at First Baptist Church. This year’s event features patriotic music and local students and groups will perform. It starts at 10 a.m.

Confederate Park then hosts its annual canon firing at 10:45 a.m.

At Carowinds, the nightly fireworks show, Nights of Fire, begins at 10 p.m. each night from July 4 to Aug. 2.

Rock Hill

The eighth annual Red, White & BOOM! starts at 7 p.m. July 3. Events include an ice cream eating contest, music and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. It happens on East Black Street.

McConnells

The Hightower Hall’s Independence Day Celebration is from 10 am.-4 p.m. July 4 at Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.

The living history plantation will feature 19th century music and dancing, a militia muster and children’s military drills. Interpreters will give cooking demonstrations and tours of Brattonsville’s antebellum homes. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will provide food for purchase; picnic baskets encouraged. New this year, the Civilian Archers Society will demonstrate the historic pastime of target archery. The event culminates with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the front steps of Hightower Hall at 3 p.m.

Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 4-17; active duty military personnel and families get in free.

Call 803-684-2327 or visit chmuseums.org for more information.

Charlotte

The Charlotte Knights host its biggest fireworks display of the year at the new uptown ballpark. Skyshow 2014 Fireworks Spectacular begins after the home game against the Norfolk Tides.

The event at the ballpark is the only uptown fireworks display slated for July 4.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts a two-day celebration July 3-4. Events include music, a cornhole tournament ($30 per team) and local breweries along with the man-made whitewater and other attractions on site. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Gastonia

Born in the USA runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4 at The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

Learn about animals native to the U.S. during this family-friendly program. Create a patriotic red, white and blue real flower masterpiece.

Free with museum admission. Call 704-866-6908 or visit schielemuseum.org.

Belmont

Red, White & Belmont celebration is July 4-6 in downtown Belmont.

The event includes concerts, fireworks, children’s activities. Every day there will be vendors at the event with arts and crafts, jewelry, home improvement, body care treatments, photography and food.

Event opens at 6 p.m. July 4 with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.. Wristbands cost $5, and includes inflatables and pitching machine for baseball, football and soccer and basketball hoops game.

Spontanes/Image performs on Main Street 7-10 p.m. July 4.

The celebration runs 2-10 p.m. July 5 with DJ Buddy Love on the Stowe Park Gazebo Stage.

The final day of celebration begins at 2 p.m. July 6 and ends at 9:45 p.m. with finale fireworks. Dixie Still Concert is 7-9:30 p.m. in Stowe Park.

Call 704-901-2068 for more information.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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