WEEHAWKEN, NJ. - JULY 4: The New York City skyline is seen in the distance as fireworks explode over the Hudson River during the Macy's fireworks display July 4, 2009 in Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the first time since 2000 that the Macy's display took place over the Hudson River and not the East River.

What is the one thing that always makes summer so much better? For me, at least, I know it’s fireworks. Especially when you are close enough to feel the boom of the explosions in your chest. It’s my absolute favorite!!

If you’re spending the summer in or around the Queen City, I know some places you’ll be able to see fireworks.

Memorial Day

For Memorial Day weekend coming up on May 29th-30th, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting a fireworks show along with live music and lots of outdoor activities. Saturday starts off with a race, yoga sessions throughout the day, and you can indulge in any of the activities the center usually offers. These include rafting, jumps, ropes, climbing, trail biking, and more. Then on Sunday evening, a live music show will be followed by fireworks.

Admission is free to the event, but parking is $6. Find the full schedule here.

4th of July

For the 4th of July, many different places are hosting a firework show, including the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Live music with Con Brio (Sat) and Moon Taxi (Sun)

Fireworks both nights, plus everything else offered on Memorial Day weekend

Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th, both 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

The Town of Harrisburg

Festival with Grand Funk Railroad, food trucks

Saturday, July 3rd, and Sunday, July 4th, 2021 with fireworks both nights

Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg, NC 28075

The Town of Gastonia

Live music with Thirsty Horses and The Diamond River Band, food trucks, vendors

Sunday, July 4th, 2021, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South Street, Gastonia


For even more places to see fireworks on the 4th of July, click here.

Friday Night Fireworks All Summer Long

The Knights Baseball team hosts Friday Night Fireworks every home Friday night game they have all season long. If you’d like to go, everything you need to know about the games is here.

However, you can still watch the fireworks even if you don’t go to the game. My suggestion: take a blanket to sit on, a friend or group to hang out with, and go sit in Romare Bearden Park in uptown. I did it last week and it’s beautiful! 10/10 recommend.

Enjoy the fireworks this summer! They’ll help us celebrate the soon-to-be end of the pandemic! Woohoo!

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