Now that we're in the dog days of summer, it's time for barbecues, ice cold beer, and fun in the sun... and of course, time to start making our Fourth of July plans.

From fireworks to brewery bashes, Charlotte has everything you need to celebrate America's birthday! AND you can even kick off your festivities with a run or yoga flow. Whether you want to celebrate the weekend before (June 29-July 1) at a brewery or if you're looking for a healthier way to spend the holiday itself, we've got you covered.

Check out these five ways to celebrate Fourth of July in Charlotte.


Celebrate Early At Sycamore Brewing's Red, White & Brew Fest

Photo via @sycamorebrewing

When: June 30 at 12 PM

Where: Sycamore Brewing | 2161 Hawkins St.

What: Celebrate the Saturday before the Fourth with beer, burgers, and BBQ. There'll be live music, food trucks, limited edition t-shirts and koozies... and of course, fireworks! Cost: $10

More info: Click here.


Get Patriotic at Red, White, and Blue Blaze

Photo via @blueblazebrewing

When: June 30 at 12 PM

Where: Blue Blaze Brewing | 528 S Turner Ave.

What: Celebrate the weekend before with live music, great food, King of Pops, and beer! Blue Blaze is offering $10 pitchers all day long. Cost: Free

More info: Click here.


Ready, Set, Run at the American 4-Miler

Photo via @rfylcharlotte

When: July 4 at 7:30 AM

Where: 1111 Metropolitan Ave.

What: If you're looking for a healthier way to start the day, this four-mile run is the perfect way to celebrate America's Birthday. Cost: $35

More info: Click here.


Watch Firework and Flow at the USNWC

Photo via @usnwc

When: July 3 - 4 at 9 AM

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center | 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.  

What: This two-day festival is your best bet if you're looking to celebrate outdoors. The USNWC is offering multiple yoga flows, live music, and fireworks throughout the two days. Cost: Free admission (but please note the $6 per vehicle parking fee)

More info: Click here.


Head to the Ballpark for a Game and a Fireworks Show

Photo via @knightsbaseball

When: July 4 at 7:04 PM (get it? because 704 is Charlotte's area code?)

Where: BB&T Ballpark | 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202

What: Watch the Charlotte Knights take on the Durham Bulls and then stick around after the game for the Skyshow, a spectacular fireworks show over Uptown Charlotte. Cost: $12+

More info: Click​ here.


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