• The Town of Matthews will celebrate the 4th of July Saturday, July 2. Activities begin at 5:30 pm in front of Town Hall as everyone gathers to decorate their bicycles, scooters or wagons with free patriotic items provided by the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural ResourcesMint Hill Times Department. A “Peoples Parade” will start at 6 pm. The parade route is from Town Hall to Stumptown Park. Games and activities are from 6:30-7 pm. End the night with “Too Much Sylvia” who will perform a free concert in Stumptown Park at 7 pm. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts & Science Council.

• The Town of Mint Hill host The Queen City Brass Band July 3 starting at 7:30 pm on the lawn of town hall. This is the last concert of the season in the June Tunes series. The Queen City Brass Band was established in 1992 and is a community based organization that promotes music in a traditional British brass band style. Their repertoire consists of marches, hymns, original works for brass band, classical transcriptions, jazz, show tunes, movie scores and more. The event is free.

• The Charlotte Museum of History will host an event July 4 from 11 am to 3 pm. The museum will have colonial games, family-friendly activities, and open house tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite. Bring a picnic lunch and have some fun before your regular nighttime festivities.
The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive, between Eastway Drive and Sharon Amity Road. (Charlottemuseum.org)

• The Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular will take place July 4 from 6-10 pm in downtown Charlotte, with the fireworks beginning at 9:30 pm. Viewing is available at Memorial Stadium in downtown Charlotte. Gates open at 5:30 pm with family-fun activities taking place at Memorial Stadium from 6-9 pm. Due to construction, there will not be stadium seating available. The field will accommodate a maximum capacity of 5,000 people in the infield only. You are encouraged to bring blankets and claim a spot on the field grass for the spectacular fireworks show. Once the stadium reaches maximum capacity, attendees will be asked to watch the fireworks at Independence Park located adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Organizers ask that you leave coolers and prepackaged food at home as there will be plenty of food and beverages available on-site for purchase. Come early as seating is limited.

July 4 Closings

Mecklenburg County, Mint Hill and Matthews government offices and agencies will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day and open on a normal schedule Tuesday, July 5. In Mecklenburg County, this includes all units of the Department of Social Services, the Tax Office, Elections Office, the Register of Deeds Office, the Land Use and Environmental Services Department and the Health Department. All libraries will be closed on Monday, July 4.
Solid Waste’s administrative offices and all facilities, except Compost Central, will be closed on Monday, July 4. Compost Central will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park and Recreation administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 4. County parks and nature preserves/centers will be open on regular schedules.
The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center will operate from 8 am-5 pm and Ray’s Splash Planet will be open from 10 am to 6 pm.