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July Fourth happenings

Things at "heating up" at the lake and inquiries are starting to come in at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce about the July 4th annual Fireworks display. The "highlight" of summer is just a couple weeks away. More than 20,000 people are estimated to view this show each year.

The 2009 show begins at 9:45 p.m. July 4 on Lake Wylie near Buster Boyd Bridge, with fireworks shot from Camp Thunderbird. Best viewing opportunities come at Buster Boyd Access, T-Bones on the Lake, Rey Azteca and Lake Wylie Pizza & Italian Restaurant.

Money is still needed in order to continue this annual tradition. To make donations, mail checks to Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC, 29710.

Brattonsville

Historic Brattonsville hosts Celebrating American Independence 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. The day includes historic readings, militia muster, firearms and cooking demonstrations, stories and early photography. World War II veterans also will dress in period clothing to represent veterans of the Revolutionary War. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for youth age 4-17. Members and children 3 and younger free. chmuseums.org

Charlotte

Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, hosts the US Airways Family Fun Festival beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. Part of the event is the Red. White and Boom! fireworks display presented by Lance. Events include live music, games and food and alcohol for sale. Fireworks begin a little after 9:30 p.m. Admission free, though donations of non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank are requested.

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