CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 1, 2019) – With the Fourth of July just around the corner, the City of Charlotte is working to ensure residents and visitors can celebrate the holiday safely and responsibly.
City Preparations for July Fourth
City of Charlotte offices will close Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
On Thursday, July 4, all Charlotte Area Transit System bus routes, the LYNX Blue Line and the CityLYNX Gold Line Connector will operate on a Sunday schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
CATS Pass Sales & Information offices at the Charlotte Transportation Center and the CATS Call Center will be closed. The CATS Pass Sales & Information offices and CATS Call Center will resume their regular schedule on Friday, July 5.
CATS and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation are offering a free shuttle for riders visiting Ramsey Creek Beach. The service will run on July 4, July 6 and July 7. The shuttle will leave from the Cornelius Park and Ride, and will run every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Customers can find schedule information by visiting ridetransit.org or by calling 704-366-RIDE (7433).
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Several road races, parades and holiday events will take place in Charlotte throughout the week. Road closure information can be found on the CDOT Street Use and Event Notice (SUN).
The 51st Annual Hickory Grove Parade is introducing a new parade route in 2019. The parade will begin at Lawrence Orr Elementary School at 10 a.m. and proceed down Shamrock Drive, ending at the fields at the Aldersgate Community near Tipperary Place. Shamrock Drive from Hickory Grove Road to Tipperary Place, and North Sharon Amity Road from Hickory Grove Road to Kimmerly Glen Lane will be closed between the approximate hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon on July 4. Visit the event's website to learn more.
CharMeck 311 offices will be closed July 4.
CharMeck 311's normal hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outside regular business hours, callers can report water, sewer, stormwater and animal issues via an automated service that dispatches assistance. Many service requests can be made online 24/7. Please call 911 for any emergencies.
Solid Waste Services
The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services will operate on a normal schedule during the Fourth of July holiday. Customers should prepare garbage, yard waste, bulky waste and recycling for their normal collection day. The week of July 4 is a green week for recycling collection.
When grilling out, coals should be placed in a metal container to cool before bagging and disposing. Do not place hot coals in garbage bags or rollout carts.
To ensure collection, do not park cars on the street or block rollout carts.
Fourth of July Safety
The Charlotte Fire Department and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) recommend the following safety tips during holiday festivities:
- If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
- Do not use consumer fireworks.
- Abide by all applicable fireworks and alcohol laws.
- Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
- Report any suspicious activity.
Medic provides additional health safety information for the Fourth of July:
- Avoid heat-related illnesses by drinking plenty of water.
- If any person is unconscious or has a markedly abnormal mental status, such as dizziness, confusion, hallucinations or coma, contact 911. These may be signs of heat stroke.
- It is especially important to pay close attention to elderly people and young children during extreme temperatures. They are most vulnerable to heat-related stress and/or injury.
- The Fourth of July is the busiest boating day of the year. Do not drink and boat.
- Care begins as soon as you call 911. Emergency medical dispatchers at Medic are prepared to walk you through life-saving skills while help is on the way.
- Individuals willing to assist during an emergency can download the PulsePoint Responder App to be notified of a nearby cardiac emergency.
Here are five tips from the Charlotte Department of Transportation for safe travel:
- Buckle seat belts and observe speed limits.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Pay full attention to the road. Don't use a cell phone to call or text.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Clean the vehicle's lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches or during inclement weather.
Additionally, drivers in uptown Charlotte should expect traffic delays, and heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic during festivities, and give themselves plenty of time to get to their destination.
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