4th of July

June 28, 2018

Festival for the Eno
The Festival’s for the Eno is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of rich and varied cultures and offers plenty of hands on learning opportunities. You can throw a pot on a clay wheel, watch a water powered grist mill grinding corn, participate in urban farming, kayaking, weaving, and clean energy demos, or participate in an old time or ukulele jam at the High Strung workshop stage. Join in a festival that has four stages with over 70 bands, arts & crafts vendors, food, and beer. $18+; Wednesday, 10 am-6 pm; West Point on the Eno, 5028 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Check out the town of Apex’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July on Independence Day, where you will find carnival games, a giant slide, a climbing wall and more. Kids 12 and under can also participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem St. Make sure to decorate your bikes, wagons, tricycles or other non-motorized vehicles in patriotic colors (remember to wear your helmets)! The parade starts at the corner of Salem and Chatham Streets at noon. Free; Wednesday, 9 am – 1 pm; Apex, NC

Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration
The parade leaves from Weaver Street Market to the Town Hall. Once at the town hall, enjoy activities, food, games and music. Free; Wednesday, 9:30 am, parade: 10:50 am;101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Cary Independence Celebration
Known at the time as “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars,” World War I ended on November 11, 1918, exactly 100 years ago this November. To commemorate this upcoming anniversary, the band, Applause!, will play music that recalls the tunes written during the war at the 31st annual Independence Eve Celebration. It will feature music honoring those who served, and, of course, they’ll salute our military service personnel past and present who have helped secure our freedom and liberty through all the years. Cary also celebrates the big day with a fishing tournament, parade, and various activities on Wednesday. Independence Eve: Free, Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC; Independence Day: Free, Wednesday, 7 am – 6 pm, Fred G. Metro Bond Park, Boathouse, 197 Bond Park Dr, Cary, NC

July Fourth at Booth Amphitheatre
Relax under the pines at Koka Booth Amphitheatre for the Town of Cary’s July 4th Celebration. Enjoy family-friendly activities, including rides & games, a venue-wide scavenger hunt, magicians, watermelon eating contests and even a 50-foot Ferris wheel! The Cary Town Band kicks off music at 5:45 pm, followed by the North Carolina Symphony and fireworks to cap the evening. Free; Wednesday, 3 pm; Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518

Chapel Hill Fourth of July Celebration
Enjoy music performed by the Radio Jacks, watermelon eating contests, and fireworks at the end of the day. Free, but donation suggested ($1/person, $5/family); Wednesday, 7 pm; Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Clayton’s Fourth of July Celebration
Join in their decades-old Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park in Downtown Clayton. Activities include family field games, ice cream, watermelon, a hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department, a concert, food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables & fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark! That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic. Wednesday, 4 p.m; Municipal Park, 325 McCullers St, Clayton, NC 27520

Durham Bulls Fourth of July Celebration
The Durham Bulls welcome Japan a game on Independence Day. Immediately following the 6:05 pm game on the 4th of July, the Bulls will host the City of Durham’s official Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, the most dazzling pyrotechnics spectacular in the region. Tickets here; Wednesday, 6:05 pm; Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Independence Day Celebration in Fuquay Varina
Celebrate with food vendors, music by Spare Change (6:30 pm), free rides for kids, a splash pad and, of course, fireworks at sundown. Free; Tuesday, 6 pm; 900 S Main St, Fuquay Varina, NC

Garner Independence Day Celebration
Grab a blanket and head to Garner’s Lake Benson Park for an evening of patriotic entertainment. The Independence Day Celebration has music from The Embers, games for kids in the Kids Zone as well as local food and drink offerings. The North Carolina Symphony will put on a patriotic program later in the evening, followed by fireworks. Picnics, coolers and beach umbrellas are welcome! Tuesday, 5 pm; Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd, Garner, NC 27529

Holly Springs Independence Day Celebration
A pet-friendly festival with food, games, crafts, activities, and live music. There will be a fireworks display at 9:15. Free; Thursday, 5 pm; Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave, Holly Springs, NC 27540

Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration
This celebration features food trucks, vendors, and kids’ activities, as well as a live performance by The Embers. There will be fireworks to close out the celebration. Free; Wednesday, 5 pm; Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Ave, Knightdale, NC 27545

Morrisville Fireworks
You don’t have to wait until July 4 for fireworks in Morrisville! The annual Morrisville July 3rd Fireworks display will be held at Morrisville Community Park, with music and food trucks. Bring a chair and cash for a tasty treat from a local food truck. Free; Tuesday, 6 pm; Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560

Raleigh Fireworks
You can’t miss Raleigh’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza! Returning to West Raleigh after six years, the city’s annual July Fourth fireworks will be held around the Stadium and Arena Complex (Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena area). Free parking to view the fireworks will be available within PNC Arena lots, Carter-Finley Stadium lots and North Carolina State Fairgrounds Bunn Field lots along Trinity Rd. Free; Wednesday 6 pm, fireworks: 9:32 pm; PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Brier Creek Independence Day Celebration
Brier Creek Commons’ 12th Annual July 4th Fireworks begins with the “Show Us Your Stripes Block Party,” featuring bounce houses, games, prizes, face painting, food and more. Fireworks get underway after dark. Wednesday, 7 pm; Brier Creek Commons, 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27617

Joel Lane House Celebration
The historic Joel Lane Museum House offers free admission on July 4th. Take a tour of the house, and enjoy historical activities. Free; Wednesday, 11 am – 4 pm; Joel Lane Museum House, 160 South Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh, NC

Rolesville Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
The Town of Rolesville is set to put on a stellar Independence Day celebration. The event includes a patriotic parade, live music from the Tyson Brothers Band and Redline, plenty of local-favorite food vendors, kids games and activities, an incredible fireworks show and more. Wednesday, 4:30 pm; Rolesville Ballfields, 121 Redford Place Dr, Rolesville, NC

Selma’s all-American Festival
Join in a day of children’s activities, watermelon slices, Tommy The Train Rides, live entertainment provided by the USAF Full Spectrum Band and DJ Jim Earp. Free; Tuesday, 5 pm, fireworks: 9:15 pm; Uptown Selma, Railroad Street near the Union Depot

Wake Forest’s Fourth of July
The town of Wake Forest offers up two days of Independence Day celebrations, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday will feature live music from Raleigh-based band Crush, plus food trucks and vendors serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. On the morning of Wednesday, kids can jump in on the annual Children’s Parade (line-up begins at 10 am; parade begins at 10:30 am), then have a blast at Art & Games in the Park, 11 am-1 pm, with inflatables, sack races, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, pie-eating contest and more. Free; Tuesday, 5:30 pm & Wednesday, 10 am; North Main Street, Wake Forest, NC

Wendell July 4th Parade and Celebration
Join the Wendell Historical Society and Town of Wendell for a July Fourth parade and celebration. The parade includes veterans, children in their most patriotic wear and bands. It’s a quaint and wholesome observance for the whole family. Following the program are free hot dogs and fellowship! Wednesday, 10:30 am – 1 pm; Main Street at Wendell Boulevard, Wedell, NC

Red White and Blue Pool Party
Celebrate America’s birthday at The Patio! Get cool in the pool, enjoy live DJ music from DJ SK, nosh on burgers and hotdogs hot off the grill (grill menu available for purchase) and indulge in tasty cocktails including our signature Independence cocktail: The Sparkler. Wednesday, 12 – 8 pm; 202 N Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

By Whitney

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