Although there are firework shows throughout Charlotte on July 4 (U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carowinds, etc.), the best of the best is the SkyShow at BB&T ballpark. Watch the baseball game, enjoy a hot dog, and then wait for the after show. If you’re not able to get tickets, go to Romare Bearden Park (directly across from the stadium) and have a picnic. You may not get to see the game, but you’ll definitely see the fireworks.
Cost: Tickets from $13
July 17 - July 21
Spectrum Center in Uptown
Cirque du Soleil is bringing their ice show, Crystal, to Charlotte in the heat of high summer -- how refreshing. It’s like a circus, with acrobats and aerialists performing all kinds of c-c-crazy athletic feats… but it’s all on ice, which makes it, like, five times as impressive.
Cost: Tickets from $52
Bank of America Stadium
If you love hearing someone yell “Goooaaallll!” while watching a televised soccer match, here is your chance to hear it in person. Head to Bank of America Stadium, and, instead of watching the Panthers play, see Arsenal of England and Roma of Italy compete in the International Champions Cup.
Cost: Tickets from $35
August 1 - August 3
The Charlotte Ballet
This will be the 10th edition of the Joedance Film Festival, a celebration of art and life established in honor of Joe Restaino. Joedance showcases North and South Carolina filmmakers, producers, writers, and directors by screening their films. All proceeds go to support rare pediatric cancer research at Charlotte’s own Levine Children's Hospital.