More than 10,000 people visited the Lowe’s YMCA on Wednesday for the annual July 3rd Celebration.

“The event is the largest Independence Day celebration in the Lake Norman area and raises funds to support the Y’s community efforts such as childhood literacy, drowning prevention and ensuring access to health and wellness opportunities for families and children in need,” said Ashley Morgan, executive director.  

The July 3 event would not have been possible without generous sponsors from throughout the community, Morgan said.

“The event is made possible by presenting sponsors Randy Marion and Town of Mooresville and supporting sponsors Academy Sports, Mooresville Animal Hospital and Chili’s,” Morgan said. 

Many of the attendees have been coming to the July 3rd celebration for the past decade because of the event’s beauty and overall appeal.

“This is beautiful,” said Eva Perez, a business manager. “We have been doing it for at least 10 years.

The celebration kicked off at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a variety of activities for all ages. 

Jump houses, fun tents, face painting stations, live music and a Kids Zone were all present. There were also multiple food stations available serving July 4th favorites such as Italian ice and ice cream. Several local businesses also set up booths which included Trump International Reality and Charlotte Ski Boats. 

The Mooresville Police Department also had several officers and patrol cars on scene, helping to keep everyone safe and control traffic. 

"For an event that last four to five hours, there is a lot of planning involved. We work in conjunction with the Lowe's YMCA staff, Mooresville Fire and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to create an environment that provides a safe and secure place to celebrate our independence and enjoy time with family and friends,” said MPD Deputy Chief Gerald Childress.

Before the fireworks display kicked off, the “Star Spangled Banner” was sung. Shortly after, the colors were presented to honor active military members and veterans.

The fireworks display kicked off at 9:20 p.m. and lasted for approximately 20 minutes. It included a spectacular stream of red, white & blue fireworks. The fireworks display was synced to patriotic songs that included Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. The show concluded with a grand finale that included hundreds of fireworks, noise poppers and streamers all being shot off in a matter of seconds. 

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