Mark your calendar with these July must-dos

Here are July’s five essential dates:

July 3-4
Party with friends and family this year at the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Fourth of July Celebration, with festivities such as yoga, live music, a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) competition, and fireworks on both days. Admission to the festival and the yoga classes are free, but parking is $6 per vehicle. Registration for the SUP Sprint is $20 and access to the terrace is $45, including a complimentary dinner and private cash bar. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.


July 11
Join the Mint Museum Randolph for its Film & Fashion series. Enjoy live music, a cash bar, and shopping starting at 6 p.m., and enjoy guided tours of the museum’s new exhibit, “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” Then head to the lawn for a dusk screening of The September Issue, a documentary that shows the behind-the-scenes drama of legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff. Free to attend. 2730 Randolph Road.


July 22
This year, Charlotte is hosting the International Champion’s Cup at Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint St. Liverpool FC of England faces off against Borussia Dortmund of Germany in the most exciting club association football (well, soccer) event of the year. The game starts at 4 p.m. Tickets run from $40 to $400 each.


July 24-29
The Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon is returning to Belk Theater—and is as outrageous as ever. The hilarious musical, which follows the misadventures of a pair of missionaries sent across the globe to spread the Good Word, is an international sensation. The show does, however, contain explicit language, so parents should be mindful about bringing their children. Tickets start at $25. 130 N. Tryon St.


July 26
Experience the beauty of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden during the “Sip & Stroll” summer series. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy an evening in the garden, as you enjoy a wine tasting and listen to the live music of Jay Smith. The first 100 attendees will receive free sampling tickets. Event is free for members or comes with the purchase of a $12.95 general admission ticket. Located at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont, N.C.

Photo by Joan Marcus