Fourth of July Holiday Closings, Fireworks Display and Activities

City of Gastonia administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, which is also a holiday for City employees. The public is advised to take note of closures and delays of some scheduled services. Below is more information as it pertains to City services:



Bus Schedule
Starting July 1, 2024, GoGastonia, the city’s new rideshare service will replace fixed route buses. To book a ride, download the app or call 704-753-7439.

The City’s ADA Paratransit Service will still be available for this holiday schedule below:

  • City transit buses and ADA vans will not run on Thursday, July 4.
  • Regular schedule for ADA vans and new rideshare service on Wednesday, July 3 and Friday, July 5.


Trash Pick-up

  • On Thursday, July 4, the city will not collect garbage or yard waste, and will not pick up excess household trash or large, bulky items.
  • Customers with Thursday and Friday garbage pickup will have their garbage collected on Friday, July 5.
  • Collection of yard waste and excess household trash will resume on Monday, July 8.
  • Thursday and Friday yard waste and excess household trash residents will be delayed until the following week on the customers’ regularly scheduled days.


Parks & Recreation, Schiele Museum

  • City parks and picnic shelters will be open on July 4, including the Skeet & Trap Range, Lineberger Pool, 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.
  • The Miniature Train a Lineberger Parks is closed indefinitely.
  • The Erwin Center Pool will be open on July 4.
  • Community centers and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4.
  • The Schiele Museum will be open to the general public on Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy “Explosive Science” presentations at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.



Multi-colored fireworks in the sky

Street Closures & Parking

  • East and West Rotary Pavilion parking lots will be shut down early morning on July 4
    (East lot shut down after Carriage House resident parking)
  • Long Avenue between Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Broad Street will be closed between 4:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
  • Main Avenue between Dr. MLK Jr. Way and 321/N. York Street will close at 12:00 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 12:00 p.m.
  • Activities will begin at 5 p.m. in Downtown Gastonia at the Rotary Pavilion
  • 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, and free rides and inflatables.
  • Food and beverages may be purchased, but there is no cost to attend.
  • The event is presented by the City of Gastonia and sponsored CaroMont Health.


For more information about the fireworks display and activities, visit the Fourth of July Event Page.