July Fourth celebrations calendar

The fireworks will be plentiful across North Carolina Saturday as Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville and other cities celebrate the Fourth of July.

In Raleigh, thousands will gather in downtown Raleigh for fireworks.

If you’re in Durham, you can watch the Durham Bulls and see their well-known fireworks.

Over in Cary, Koka Booth attracts a large crowd at their annual July Fourth festivities that last all day long.

Fayetteville residents can take part in celebrations at Fort Bragg including music and the popular flag ceremony.

Chapel Hill celebrates the holiday with fun activities, food, and more at the Kenan Stadium.

Below is information on July Fourth events going on in the area:

RALEIGH

  • The “Works! July 4 on Fayetteville Street” and the Red Hat Amphitheatre from noon to 11 p.m. The celebration during the day includes live music, Beer/Wine tent, kids rides and games, Circus Maximus, street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, Picnic on Fayetteville Street and much more! Fireworks will light up the sky over The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting at around 9:30 p.m. For more information, click on the link HERE.
  • Joel Lane Museum House Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at 728 W. Hargett St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration includes reenactments of Colonial Life Hands-on activities including writing with a quill pen, making rag dolls and playing games. Free lemonade for all. For more information, click on the link HERE.
  • Brier Creek July Fourth Fireworks at Brier Creek Commons and Brierdale Shopping Center at 9:30 p.m. For more information, click on the link HERE.

DURHAM

  • Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park starting with a baseball game at 6:05 p.m. and ending with fireworks. For more information, click on the link HERE.

CARY

  • Independence Day Olde Time Celebration, July 4 at Fred G Bond metro Park from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a full day of activities starting with a fishing tournament at 8 a.m. There is a bike parade starting at the Kiwanas Shelter at 10:30 a.m. Beginning at 3 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, there are kids-related activities, including a Ferris Wheel. Starting at 4:30 p.m. there are watermelon eating, ice cream eating and Corn Hole contests. The Cary Band performs at 6:00 p.m., followed by the NC Symphony at 7:30 p.m. and ending with a traditional fireworks display after the Symphony performance. For more information, click on the link HERE.
  • Independence Eve Performances, July 3 at the Cary Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. See a performance by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band at the 28th annual patriotic salute. For more information, click on the link HERE.

FAYETTEVILLE –

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 4 at Fort Bragg from 1 p.m. – 10:18 p.m. There will be activities all afternoon and evening for people of all ages. The events include musical acts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a popular flag ceremony, and fireworks. Food and beverages will be available. For more information, click on the link HERE.

CHAPEL HILL

  • Fourth of July Celebration, July 4 at Kenan Memorial Stadium starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the annual fireworks display, there will be live music, a watermelon eating contest and family fun activities. The town asks for donations of $1 per person or $5 per family at the entrance gates. For more information, click on the link HERE.

 

Other celebrations in Central North Carolina  –

APEX

  • Olde Fashioned Fourth of July, Saturday July 4 in Downtown Apex at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebration includes carnival games, inflatables, a climbing wall, cake walks, street performers and more. Kids 12 and under can take part in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels (helmets required) at noon. Cool down with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down at 12:30 p.m. For more information, click on the link HERE.

BENSON

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 4 at the Benson Singing Grove from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration features live music, classic cars and more. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For more information, click on the link HERE.

CARRBORO

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 4 on the Carrboro Town Commons beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a parade on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro with events at the Town Commons. The Kids Fun Zone will have activities, games, food and live music. For more information, click on the link HERE.

CLAYTON

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 4 at Municipal Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The day’s events culminate in a fireworks show. Before that, the Central Park Band performs as people enjoy games and rides, a corn-hole tournament, basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, and a Clayton fire truck spray down. For more information, click on the link HERE.

FUQUAY VARINA

  • Independence Day Celebration, July 3 at South Park beginning at 6 p.m. The band Spare Change will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at sundown. Food vendors will be on site. Kids activities include rides and inflatables. Coolers are allowed but no alcohol. Bring blankets or chairs but no animals. For more information, click on the link HERE.

GARNER

  • Independence Day Celebration, July 3 at Lake Benson Park beginning at 5 p.m. The Town of Garner hosts the NC Symphony who will perform prior to the fireworks show. Prior to that, the Carolina Soul Band performs and children can play at the Kid Adventure Zone, which includes games and inflatables. Food vendors will be on site. For more information, click on the link HERE.

HILLSBOROUGH

  • July Fourth Picnic in the Park, July 4 at downtown Hillsborough from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a parade at 9 a.m. with a reading of The Declaration of Independence at 10 a.m. The picnic at the farmers market pavilion begins at 11 a.m. and features pony rides, games, food trucks and live music. For more information, click on the link HERE.

HOLLY SPRINGS

  • Independence Celebration, July 5 at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Farm from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In addition to a fireworks display to cap off the event, there will be a Cornhole Tournament, food vendors, music, face painting, crafts and inflatables and games, including potato sack races. For more information, click on the link HERE.

KNIGHTDALE

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 4 at Knightdale Station Park from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Music by The Embers and a fireworks show highlight the event which includes vendors and activities and live music from The Embers. For more information, click on the link HERE.

MEBANE

  • Fourth of July Parade Family Music Festival and Fireworks, July 4 at the Mebane Arts & Community Center all day. A Stars and Stripes Forever Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while The Entertainers will be playing Beach & Top 40 beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:40 p.m.

MORRISVILLE

  • Fireworks Celebration, July 3 at the Morrisville Community Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music, kids activities, food trucks and bounce houses set the table for the fireworks display which takes place at 9:15 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks. For more information, click on the link HERE.

SELMA

  • All-American Festival, July 3 in Uptown Selma from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be live entertainment, vendors, special events and a children’s area. A grand fireworks display rounds out the evening. For more information, click on the link HERE.

SMITHFIELD

  • July Fourth Celebration, July 5 in Downtown Smithfield beginning at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the birth of America with fireworks, musical entertainment from the Backyard Groove band, concessions and games for the kids. For more information, click on the link HERE.

WAKE FOREST

  • Fireworks Spectacular, July 3 at Wake Forest High School beginning at 5:30 p.m. Music, concessions and fireworks. $5 admission. For more information, click on the link HERE.
  • Fourth of July Children’s Parade, July 4 in Downtown Wake Forest. Tthere is a Children’s Parade at 10 a.m. followed by arts and games in the park at 11 a.m. For more information, click on the link HERE.

 

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