CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte is gearing up to celebrate July 4th in a grand way with many different activities happening throughout the Queen City. There will be something for everyone.
The US National Whitewater Center has planned its 5th Annual 4th of July celebration. They promise to have a variety of activities to do from whitewater rafting to ziplining. Bands will also be on hand to pump up the crowd and of course fireworks will be shown.
"It's similar to what people have seen in the past," US National Whitewater Center Brand Manager Eric Osterhus said. "Just some bigger crowds. We are anticipating 25,000 people over the course of two days, so as we keep throwing this party we keep seeing bigger and better crowds and we are just excited for it."
Safety is a priority for Whitewater. With thousands of people coming on the grounds, a security plan has to be in place. Bags are checked and staff on alert for suspicious activity.
"We work with some third party groups from time to time for security," Osterhus said. "But first and foremost is our frontline - our staff ensuring the safety of our guests."
The Whitewater Center is not the only place to enjoy the holiday. The Charlotte Symphony will perform on Friday night at 7. The musicians will play a mix of patriotic songs, songs from the 50's, and there will be a tribute to Michael Jackson. This happens at Symphony Park. Fireworks will go off at 9:30pm.
There will be plenty of action at BB&T Ball Park. The Knights will play at 7:05 Friday evening. After the game there will be a spectacular fireworks show.
Many are doing family activities to celebrate the 4th. People say the 4th is a symbolic holiday. Hugh Brown came to Whitewater Center with his family and says he wants parents to instill into their kids the meaning of this patriotic day.
"So they can really get a good appreciation for the labor that went into our freedom." Brown said.
The father says July 4th is important to him.
"I fought for this country," Brown said. "I did 23 years in the Army, so the 4th of July is significant for me representing our independence."
As the celebration continues, security will be heightened in downtown Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have all officers on hand to help keep people safe. Police are telling people if they see something strange say something.