July is by far one of Rowan County's liveliest months, which makes it a great time to visit our area. Come for a Fourth of July celebration, festival, or transportation event, but stay to experience what Rowan County is really all about. Between fireworks, fun on the farm, arts, history and so much more, there's no telling what you might discover in our original county this month!


Summer Fun on the Farm at Patterson Farm

Now - September 2, 2023

This summer, experience fun on the farm with your family and friends at Patterson Farm. It's here where you'll be able to explore the farm and get the chance to play on the unique, farm-themed playground and feed adorable barnyard animals all in one place!


Faith 4th of July Celebration

June 24, 29-30 & July 1-4, 2023

You wouldn’t expect such a large celebration to come out of such a small town, however, Faith is known across the state for their annual 4th of July celebration. The celebration lasts over a week and draws in thousands of people from North Carolina and beyond every year. When visiting Rowan County for this year’s 4th of July, you won’t want to miss this original event.


Fireworks Over Historic Spencer Shops

July 1, 2023

The N.C. Transportation Museum is hosting their third annual fireworks event. It is free and open to the public at the Historic Spencer Shops. After museum buildings and exhibits close at 5 P.M., join them for a night of games, music, food and fireworks!


Moving the Military Tour

July 1, 2023

The N.C. Transportation Museum is also hosting their Moving the Military Tour throughout the day where you and your family can discover military vehicles and equipment in the museum’s collection. During this guided tour, you’ll travel back in time as you learn the importance of the exhibits and how they played a role in military history.


Kannapolis Movies & Concerts in the Park

July 1, 13, 14, 21, 22, 28 & 30, 2023

Discover Fun in Kannapolis returns this summer with an incredible lineup of great concerts, movies, and of course, fireworks. This month you can look forward to concerts featuring The Charlotte Symphony, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Deana Carter and Cat 5, and a presentations of Puss in Boots and Top Gun Maverick.


42nd Annual China Grove Farmers Day Festival

July 15, 2023

Join China Grove, N.C. for our 42nd Annual Farmers Day - a day filled with farm and ag displays, a farmers' market, food and craft vendors, live music, antique tractors, kids' activities and entertainment, homemade ice cream and apple hand pies, and so much more! 


Krazy Klearance in Downtown Salisbury

July 19 - 22, 2023

Krazy Klearance is a Downtown Salisbury tradition where our merchants have their lowest markdowns of the year throughout their shops and on the sidewalks. During your shopping trip, be sure to take time to experience some of the original restaurants Downtown Salisbury has to offer.


Dragon Boat Festival

July 22, 2023

The Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival has traditionally been the largest annual spectator event held on High Rock Lake - the second largest lake in North Carolina. The festival includes vendors, food trucks and activities for the whole family in a park-like atmosphere, and of course watching teams compete for wins. Come check out this 2,300-year-old Ancient Chinese tradition in action where 20 paddlers steer each sleek, detailed dragon boat while drums sound to the beat of each paddler’s stroke.


Gold Rush Art and Craft Festival

July 22, 2023

Come out to quaint Historic Gold Hill for the 2023 Gold Rush Days' Art and Craft Festival. Local artisans will be showcasing and selling their hand-made work. You can enjoy the unique village shops, gold panning, gem mining, music and food while experiencing a family outing amid the lovely setting of Gold Hill where walking down the wooden sidewalks is like stepping back in time!


History on Tap

July 27, 2023

We invite you to kick off the summer season with the Historic Salisbury Foundation's 9th Annual History on Tap (H.O.T.)! Tour the revitalization efforts of the Thomas House in Downtown Salisbury and sample local craft beer from New Sarum while learning about Salisbury’s fascinating history and connecting with the community.


Celebrity Car & Truck Show

July 30, 2023

Replicas of your favorite cars that were stars in movies and film will be displayed during an event that offers great photo opportunities and a chance to talk with those who have put in the hard work to create these awesome replicas. Come out to the N.C. Transportation Museum to experience these incredible masterpieces for yourself this July.


Looking for more excitement? Discover more events on our July in the Arts blog post.