Celebrate America: The Charlotte Symphony kicks off America's birthday celebrations with this concert that 's part of the annual Summer Pops series. Along with patriotic music conducted by Albert-George Schram, fireworks are scheduled to follow the performance (weather permitting). The prelude begins at 7:15 p.m. July 1 with music from PurrCussion; the concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. $16; $5 for ages 13-18; free for 12 and younger. www.charlottesymphony.org.
SkyShow Charlotte: This Fourth of July celebration starts at 2 p.m. in front of BB&T Ballpark with food, music and more. There's live music from 3 to 9 p.m. First pitch for the baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba is at 6:05 p.m. The celebration ends with one of the largest displays of fireworks in the Southeast. The Skyshow Street Party is free. Tickets to the baseball game start at $11. www.skyshowcharlotte.com.
Cocktails in the Garden: Summer Happy Hour is back at historic Duke Mansion. Meet your friends for cocktails and stroll through the more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds. 5-8 p.m. every Monday through Thursday in July. Admission is free. Cash bar. 400 Hermitage Road. www.duke mansion.com.
The Place To Be: Concerts In Charlotte 1995-2017: From legendary artists to local musician who make up Charlotte's music scene, photographer Daniel Coston has photographed them all over the past 22 years. This is Coston's first-ever exhibit of concert photos taken exclusively in Charlotte. It's on view July 6 through Nov. 22 at Knight Gallery at Spirit Square uptown. The opening reception from 6-9 p.m. July 7 includes live music. All the photos in the show are available for purchase. www.blumenthalarts.org.
QC Summerfest: The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center hosts this three-day weekend of jazz, funk and soul performances July 28-30. The twice-daily concerts are followed by after parties featuring some of the biggest names in jazz and contemporary R&B. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets start at $39.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.