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Where to See Fourth of July Fireworks on Charlotte Lakes

Here are 19 can't-miss celebrations on the Piedmont region lakes

Fireworks exploding over a lake for the Fourth of July
The reflection of fireworks on the water makes for two Fourth of July showings in one. (Nicolas Autio)

There’s no holiday like the Fourth of July, and where better to watch a patriotic firework display than on the water? The Piedmont lakes offer a number of options for you and your family to watch lakeside or from whichever watercraft you find yourself floating on that Thursday evening.

The best part about watching fireworks on the lake? The reflection on the water makes for two shows in one!

Badin Lake

Badin Lake Boat Parade
July 4 | 1 p.m. | Circle Drive Boat Ramp | 724 Shoreline Drive, New London
The annual Badin Lake Boat Parade is the event of the summer for the Uwharrie area. Decorate your boat as patriotically as possible and hit the water for a day of revelry before the fireworks start.

Cheers Lakeside Bar & Grill
211 Marina Lane, New London
Grab a table outside and make sure you’re facing the water to watch the fireworks as you chow down on some delicious catfish bites and loaded nachos.


Lake Tillery

Norwood Campground
1216 Berry Hill Drive, Norwood
Get your boats, kayaks, or tubes and head down the campground’s lake trail to light some sparklers and watch the dazzling display before you.

River Wild
1185 Lilly’s Bridge Road, Mt Gilead
Enjoy handcrafted burgers and seafood with River Wild’s outdoor seating, then walk out to the water after dinner to watch the fireworks.

Colorful fireworks over lake for Fourth of July
Nothing beats a Fourth of July fireworks grand finale (Adobe Stock)

High Rock Lake

Eagle Point Nature Preserve
665 Black Road, Salisbury
Located near Bringle Ferry Road, Eagle Point Nature Preserve has some of the best hiking trails and boat ramps for you to find a perfect spot to watch the show in the sky.

Tamarac Marina & Restaurant
9120 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury
Endless offerings at this one-stop shop for lake day necessities. Shop for snacks or enjoy the karaoke bar, and watch the fireworks at its beach and picnic area.


Lake Norman

July 4th Fireworks and Celebration
297 Yacht Road, Mooresville
Join the Lake Norman Yacht Club with lawn games, boat races, a bouncy house, live music and prizes with fireworks at dusk for the cherry on top.

Hello, Sailor
20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius
Indulge your seafood side with dishes like hush puppies, crab dip and a seafood platter while holding one of the best spots on the lake to watch the fiery exhibit.


Mountain Island Lake

Buzzard Rock
5562 Sample Road, Huntersville
This easy hiking trail is perfect for those looking for a nice stroll to the lake. The trail takes about 30 minutes to complete before you reach the Buzzard Rock Overlook, where you’ll be able to spot plenty of fireworks over the lake.

Mountain Island Kayak Access
60′ Access St., Huntersville
Paddle your way through the lake to enjoy your time on the water while looking at the beautiful fireworks as they light up the sky.

Being on the water is an amazing way to experience a Fourth of July fireworks show (Adobe Stock)

Lake Wylie

Buster Boyd Boat Landing/Lake Wylie Marina
Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie
Enjoy the dazzling display of color and sound without concern for finding parking or a good spot to sit; you won’t even need to leave your car if you don’t want to.

Papa Doc’s Shore Club
3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie
Eat oysters, steamed crab legs, and a country boil while sipping on craft beer and watching fireworks on the lake.


Lake James

Lake James Camping Resort July 4th Celebration
July 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Lake James Camping Resort & Marina | 5786 Benfield Landing Road
Enjoy fireworks on the lake accompanied by live bluegrass, swing and gypsy jazz from The Jacktown Ramblers.

Bear Creek Marina
608 Marina Drive, Nebo
Bear Creek Marina has it all — with dining, kayak rentals and camping to make your 4th of July a holiday to remember. The restaurant has a perfect view of the lake, as well as the fireworks.

Read More: 10 Ways to Spend a Day at Lake James

Fireworks over the water for the Fourth of July
A serene view of fireworks over the water for the Fourth of July (Adobe Stock)

Lake Hickory

Big O’s Landing
1874 Claude Road, Conover
Whether you’re looking to load your boat, go fishing or watch the fireworks, Big O’s landing gives you a perfect view of the lake.

Wittenberg Access Area
175 Wildlife Access Road, Hickory
The newly revamped Wittenberg Access Area features a swim beach, outdoor showers, restrooms, concessions, picnic shelters, boat access and more for a perfect day on the water and a great spot to watch the fireworks.


Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree State Park
881 State Park Road, Winnsboro
Explore over 13,000 acres of Lake Wateree with hiking trails, boat ramps, campsites, a playground for children, and of course the best spot for watching fireworks.

The Retreat: Lake Wateree Dining
83 Doe Run Lane, Ridgeway
Looking to find a bit of solace in a quaint spot after a long day? The Retreat has shrimp & grits as well as mouth-watering barbecue to eat while watching the lights of the fireworks reflect on the lake.


US National Whitewater Center

Fourth of July Celebration
Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
Known for their classic two-day celebration, the US National Whitewater Center has races, activities, live music and an incredible fireworks display right on the shores of the Catawba River.

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