Fourth of July Holiday Closings, Fireworks Display and Activities

Fireworks in the night sky

City of Gastonia administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day, which is also a holiday for City employees.

Bus schedule

  • City transit buses will not run on Monday, July 4.
  • Regular schedule on Tuesday, July 5.
  • Free bus fares through July 31.

Trash pickup

  • On Monday, July 4, the City will not collect yard waste and will not pick up excess household trash or large, bulky items.
  • Customers with Monday garbage pickup will have their garbage collected on Tuesday, July 5.
  • Collection of yard waste and excess household trash will resume on Wednesday, July 6. Monday and Tuesday yard waste and excess household trash collection will be delayed until the following week on customers’ regularly scheduled day.

Parks and Recreation, Museum

  • City parks and picnic shelters will be open on July 4, including the Skeet & Trap Range, splash pads at Erwin and Lineberger parks, the miniature train at Lineberger Park, and boat rentals at Rankin Lake Park. Check the respective web pages for hours and costs.
  • Community centers and facilities will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4.
  • The Schiele Museum will be open to the public on Monday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to
    5 p.m.  Museum administrative offices will be closed.

Fourth of July Celebration

  • The event is presented by the City of Gastonia and sponsored CaroMont Health.
  • Activities will begin at 5 p.m. in downtown Gastonia at the Rotary Pavilion, with a fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. and accompanied by patriotic music.
  • The celebration will include live music, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, rides, inflatables and carnival games.
  • Food and beverages may be purchased, but there is no cost to attend.

Street closures and parking on July 4

  • East and West Rotary Pavilion parking lots will be shut down in the early morning of July 4
    (East lot shut down after Carriage House resident parking).
  • Main Avenue between Dr. MLK Jr. Way and 321/N. York Street will close at 12:30 p.m. and re-open once all vendors are off the street.
  • South Street from Main Avenue to the top entrance of Garland Center parking lot will be closed at 12:30 p.m.
  • Long Avenue between Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Broad Street will be closed between 4:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on July 4.

For more information about the fireworks display and activities, visit the City’s Facebook Events Page.