Me and my mom at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for July 4th

What a weekend! I hope you had the best time with your friends and family for July 4th! Hopefully, you even had a little adventure throughout your weekend like I did.

My family came to visit this past weekend and we had a BALL! They are originally from Raleigh, so I had to think of where we could go for the 4th that was pretty unique to Charlotte. What place is better than the U.S. National Whitewater Center??

But let me back up and tell you about the whole weekend.

Friday, I took them to Pins Mechanical Co., which is one of my favorite Charlotte places to hang out! Who doesn’t love free arcade games, good drinks, and a skyline view from the rooftop?

Saturday, July 3rd

Saturday, I got a new couch and chair for my living room at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. And we also went to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, which I had been anticipating for a longggg time.

Within the exhibit, you are allowed to take pictures, but not video. So, here are some of my best pictures of what the experience is like:

Taken near the entrance before we actually went in. Me, my mom, and my dad 🙂

Overall, the experience was magical. Before you start, there’s actually a ~12 minute audio piece they tell you to listen to that tells the story of Van Gogh. And it’s a tragic one that ends too quickly. He actually died at the age of 37, and his art didn’t become world-renowned until after he had died. The point of the exhibit is to showcase his paintings in a way that is more in-depth. The curators added music and movement to the experience that makes it moving.  I would 100% recommend it.

Sunday, July 4th

Then, on Sunday, my family and I went to the Whitewater Center to raft, of course, but also to zipline and see one of my favorite bands in concert. Moon Taxi performed as it got dark and my mom and I were able to get to the front at one point! If you’ve never heard them, they sing Morocco and Two High.

Moon Taxi

Tell me about your July 4th weekend! Email me at 🙂

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