Thursday, June 23, 2011

Memorial Stadium Offers Free Location for Watching Fourth of July Fireworks

Memorial Stadium will once again serve as a destination for fireworks
in uptown Charlotte this Independence Day. Mecklenburg County Park and
Recreation Department will Partner with Presbyterian Hospital to
present the "Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular" beginning
with family-fun activities at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Admission is FREE. Alcohol is not permitted. Event is weather

Family fun activities, live music, and food and non-alcoholic drink
vendors will be located inside the stadium. Activities include:
· Kids' inflatables: Rapid slide, obstacle course, moon
bounce, and double shot basketball (For each child to participate,
there is a $5 fee).
· Boy Scouts of America: Local scouts will be on hand with
several fun activities including a rappelling tower, a camping demo,
and an outdoor cooking demo.
· Conder Flags: Conder Flags will offer people a free 3x5
printed polyester flag if you bring your NC or U.S. flag to the event
to retire.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and use the stadium field as a prime
viewing area! Stadium bleachers are currently closed for a structural
assessment that is currently under way. Coolers or pre-packaged food
will not be permitted inside the stadium.

The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes and will be
staged from the Central Piedmont Community College campus. Some
streets around the campus will close at 8 p.m. to accommodate the
fallout zone, so traffic in the area will be heavy. Streets will
reopen immediately after the show. The display will be synched to a
music track exclusively on 96.9 FM, The Kat; the music will also be
played at the stadium.

Parking will be available at Memorial Stadium lots, off 7th Street,
for $5. Other off-street parking will be available in decks around
uptown. Parking will not be allowed along many streets. Parking is
discouraged in neighborhoods in the surrounding area such as
Elizabeth, First, Third and Fourth Wards. Use of public transit is
encouraged. The fireworks can also be viewed from various locations
around the city.

Sponsors include Presbyterian Hospital, Central Piedmont Community
College (CPCC), 96.9 FM, The Kat, Mecklenburg County Park and Rec,
Conder Flags, the Boy Scouts of America/Mecklenburg County Official/
Etowah District and Charlotte Center City Partners.