CMPD Says Uptown Will Be Safe For 4th Of July Holiday
Charlotte, NC - It's a Red, White & Boom fireworks holiday tradition but concerns over safety in Uptown have some thinking twice.
Northeast Charlotte resident Leon Walls says, “It's safer at Carowinds."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are more than doubling patrols to keep the city safe.
Capt. Jeff Estes says, “Any person that comes here expecting to violate the law can also expect that they'll meet us."
Officers will be on bike, foot patrols & sky towers around the Memorial Stadium fireworks venue and in Uptown and trouble makers will not be tolerated.
Estes says, “The fighting, intoxication, any weapons violations, disorderly conduct all of those will be met immediately and effectively."
Plaza Midwood resident Blake Levert says the hype doesn't scare him and he's spending this 4th of July at Memorial Stadium, “I think downtown Charlotte is very safe."
Organizers say the $50,000 show will be a fun, safe event.
Robert Krumbine is Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Center City Partners, “We have a great plan in place to sort of keep an eye on things."
The barricades were already out Friday for the holiday celebration.
Beginning Monday at 8 o'clock the fall out perimeter around Memorial Stadium will shut down. Roads from Charlottetowne and 7th all the way to South Kings and 3rd will close to through traffic.
But show up early.
This year the stands at Memorial Stadium are off limits due to structural concerns. Only 5,000 people are allowed on the field. Another 10,000 or so will pack the fields and parks across the street.
Krumbine says, “We designed the show so that you can be pretty much anywhere that you can see the skyline."
Great show or not, Leon Walls isn't braving Memorial or Uptown, “If you have to go somewhere and be nervous or you have to go somewhere and maybe think about carrying a gun yourself just to watch some fireworks... Is it really worth it?"
Kaitlyn McKee is avoiding the crowds, but keeping her fingers crossed for a safe holiday, “Hopefully we have a lot of fun, don't have any problems, don't work CMPD to hard."
But Blair Teal and Blake Levert say they wouldn't be anywhere else.
Teal says, “It's being together with family and friends and having fun. That's what it's about and I think it will be a great time."
The Red, White & Boom fireworks begin at 9:30.
There will be food and games before hand at Memorial Stadium.
96.9 Kat Country will simulcast music to make the show complete.