Memorial Stadium Offers Free Location for Watching Fourth of July Fireworks

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Memorial Stadium will once again serve as a destination for fireworks in uptown Charlotte this Independence Day. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will Partner with Presbyterian Hospital to present the “Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular” beginning with family-fun activities at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Alcohol is not permitted. Event is weather permitting.

Family fun activities, live music, and food and non-alcoholic drink vendors will be located inside the stadium. Activities include:
· Kids’ inflatables: Rapid slide, obstacle course, moon bounce, and double shot basketball (For each child to participate, there is a $5 fee).
· Boy Scouts of America: Local scouts will be on hand with several fun activities including a rappelling tower, a camping demo, and an outdoor cooking demo.
· Conder Flags: Conder Flags will offer people a free 3×5 printed polyester flag if you bring your NC or U.S. flag to the event to retire.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and use the stadium field as a prime viewing area! Stadium bleachers are currently closed for a structural assessment that is currently under way. Coolers or pre-packaged food will not be permitted inside the stadium.

The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes and will be staged from the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Some streets around the campus will close at 8 p.m. to accommodate the fallout zone, so traffic in the area will be heavy. Streets will reopen immediately after the show. The display will be synched to a music track exclusively on 96.9 FM, The Kat; the music will also be played at the stadium.

Parking will be available at Memorial Stadium lots, off 7th Street, for $5. Other off-street parking will be available in decks around uptown. Parking will not be allowed along many streets. Parking is discouraged in neighborhoods in the surrounding area such as Elizabeth, First, Third and Fourth Wards. Use of public transit is encouraged. The fireworks can also be viewed from various locations around the city.

Sponsors include Presbyterian Hospital, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), 96.9 FM, The Kat, Mecklenburg County Park and Rec, Conder Flags, the Boy Scouts of America/Mecklenburg County Official/Etowah District and Charlotte Center City Partners.

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