Live Entertainment, Fun and Fireworks: 20,000+ to Attend 8th Annual YMCA July 3rd Summer Celebration

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Sponsored by Valspar Paint and Randy Marion Automotive, the Lowe’s YMCA’s annual Independence Day event will feature big fireworks and big support for local kids and cancer survivors.

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The 2014 July 3rd Summer Celebration is really shaping up to be special. The live entertainment and special hosts really add a new dynamic to the event.

A festive crowd of more than 20,000 people decked out in red, white and blue are expected to gather around the Lowe’s YMCA in Mooresville on Thursday, July 3 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. for fireworks and family fun. The YMCA July 3rd Summer Celebration is the largest Independence Day celebration in the Lake Norman area, and raises funds for the Y’s youth, literacy and cancer wellness programs.

A free community event, the 8th annual celebration is presented by Valspar Paint and Randy Marion Automotive. The event will end a day of fun, food, music and games with an enormous fireworks show that has drawn big crowds to the Y each year. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to get a good view of the show.

New for 2014, the Y is adding live music to the event lineup including two local groups, Part Time Blues Band and The Glass Hammers. Radio personalities Catherine Lane and Big Sexy from The New 103.7 FM will serve as event hosts.

Proceeds from the event will help the Lowe’s YMCA build a healthier community, improve the reading proficiency of local students and provide free wellness classes to cancer survivors through LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.

“The 2014 July 3rd Summer Celebration is really shaping up to be special,” says Erika Arnold, YMCA Regional Executive Director. “The live entertainment and special hosts really add a new dynamic to the event. Not only do they make the event more entertaining for our guests, but more attractive to sponsors and vendors, who are crucial to our success. Without them, we couldn’t pull off a large scale event like this and make such a positive impact on our community.”


3:15 PM     WSOC 103.7 live radio broadcast begins
4:00 PM         Event begins
5:30 PM         Part Times Blues Band
6:45 PM     The Glass Hammers
7:45 PM     Pluto for Planet
9:00 PM         Presentation of colors and the National anthem
9:30 PM     Fireworks

Sponsors and Vendors

This year’s July 3rd Summer Celebration is presented by Valspar Paint and Randy Marion Automotive. Other sponsors include MI-Connection, Lake Norman Marina, Loctite, Sweet Dreams Mattress, Blue Harbor Bank, Josh’ Farmers Market and Lawrie Lawrence Real Estate.

The event will also include many local businesses and organizations. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Michael Griggs at (704)716-4075 or mgriggs(at)ymcacharlotte(dot)org.

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Several food, dessert and snack vendors will be onsite. Options include burgers and hot dogs, gyros, sausage and peppers, Indian street food, pizza, ice cream, shaved ice, funnel cakes, water, sodas and more.

Branch Hours and Parking

The Lowe’s YMCA branch will close on July 3 at 12:00 p.m. At that time, the building and parking lot will be closed to the general public.

Pets and Alcoholic Beverages

Pets and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the event will not be rescheduled. For more information, visit

More Information

For more information, please visit or call the Lowe’s YMCA at 704-716-4000.


About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 272,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for more than 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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