Fourth of July

June 27, 2019

Raleigh 4th of July Fireworks Display

Having returned to West Raleigh in 2018, the city’s annual July Fourth fireworks are held near the Stadium and Arena Complex (Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena area). With plenty of free parking available, this breathtaking show is a must-see. Thursday, parking lots open: 6 pm, fireworks: 9:34 pm; view from PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Cary Independence Eve Celebration

The Cary Town Band celebrates and honors our nation’s veterans in this year’s Independence Eve Celebration at the Cary Arts Center. Speaker Deborah Tilton, a specialist in the N.C. Army National Guard and decorated veteran, answers, “What is a Veteran?,” and musical selections will be played to honor those who have served. The band is set to pay special tribute to past and present military service personnel and their spouses who have helped secure our freedom and liberty. Free; Wednesday, 6:30 – 9 pm; 101 Dry Ave, Cary, NC 27511

Town of Cary July 4th Celebration

Relax at Koka Booth Amphitheatre for the Town of Cary’s July 4th Celebration. There will be family-friendly activities, including rides and games, a venue-wide scavenger hunt, watermelon eating contests and even a 50-foot Ferris wheel! Live music—often performed by the Cary Town Band and followed by a performance from the North Carolina Symphony—caps the evening just before fireworks. Thursday, 7:30 pm; 8003 Regency Pkwy. Cary, NC 27518

Garner July 3 Independence Day Celebration

Grab a blanket and head to Garner’s Lake Benson Park for an evening of patriotic entertainment. The Independence Day Celebration starts with 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! Wednesday, 5 pm; 921 Buffaloe Rd, Garner, NC 27529

Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration

Fuquay-Varina will host its Independence Day Celebration featuring food vendors, live music, free inflatable rides and a fireworks display at South Park. The park’s splash pad will also be open for kids. Wednesday, 6 pm; 900 S. Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Morrisville July 3rd 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 kicking things off and fireworks blasting off at dusk. Wednesday, 6 pm; 1520 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560

Wake Forest Independence Day Celebration

The Town of Town of Wake Forest offers up two days of Independence Day celebrations. The Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 at Heritage High School will feature live music from local band Sleeping Booty, plus food trucks and vendors serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones.On the morning of July 4, 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; Wednesday & Thursday, 5:30 pm; Heritage High School: 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest, NC; Community House: 133 W. Owen Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

Check out the town of Apex’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July on Independence Day, where carnival games, a giant slide, climbing wall and more are sure to entertain. Kids, 12 and under can also participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem St.—decorate your bikes, wagons, tricycles or other non-motorized vehicles in patriotic colors! Free; Thursday, 9 sm – 1 pm, parade: 12 pm; corner of Salem and Chatham Sts

Knightdale July 4th Celebration

The Knightdale July 4th Celebration means food trucks, vendors, kid-friendly activities and a free performance from headlining band The Embers. Fireworks start around 9:15pm. Thursday, 5 pm; 810 N. First Ave, Knightdale, NC 27545

Rolesville 4th of July

Join the Town of Rolesville as they present the annual Rolesville Fourth Celebration featuring entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and fireworks at Rolesville Community School Park. Thursday, 4:30 pm; 121 Redford Place Dr, Rolesville, NC 27571

Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day Open House

Dive into Raleigh history at the Joel Lane Museum House, also known as “The Birthplace of Raleigh,” at the 28th annual Independence Day Open House. Historians will be on-site demonstrating various aspects of colonial life, and kids can participate in hands-on activities like making rag dolls and writing with a quill pen. Free; Thursday, 11 am – 4 pm; 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Wendell July 4th Parade and Celebration

Join the Wendell Historical Society and Town of Wendell for a July Fourth parade and celebration. The parade begins on Main St. at Wendell Blvd. and includes veterans, children in their most patriotic wear and bands. It’s a quaint observance for the whole family. Following the program, enjoy free hot dogs, watermelon and fellowship! Thursday, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 99 W 3rd St, Wendell, NC 27591

July 4th Fireworks at Brier Creek Commons

Brier Creek Commons’ 13th Annual July 4th Fireworks begins with the “Star Spangled Block Party,” featuring bounce houses, games, prizes, face painting, food and more. Fireworks get underway after dark. Thursday, 7 pm; 8000 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, NC 27617

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park

Join this old-fashioned celebration of our nation’s birth at Cary’s Fred G. Bond Metro Park! The celebration includes a fishing tournament, parade and family contests like doughnut eating, watermelon eating, lakeside games and more. The boathouse is open for rentals all day long. Thursday, 8 am; 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513

Carolina Mudcats’ Mudcats for America Fireworks Series

The Carolina Mudcats will kick off July playing the Frederick Keys at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Celebrate Independence Day with the Mudcats, and you’ll enjoy “the best fireworks show in Eastern N.C.”. The Mudcats will be wearing their Patriotic Jerseys in celebration! $8 – $15; Thursday – Saturday; 1501 N.C. Hwy. 39, Zebulon, NC 27597

Holly Springs July 5th Celebration

Join the Town of Holly Springs for a traditional celebration of America’s birthday. Pets are allowed on a leash. There will be face painting, inflatables and rides, food vendors, kids crafts, live music from the Holly Springs Community Band and The Holiday Band and a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 pm. Parking is available at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake. Free; Friday, 5 pm; 900 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs, NC 27540

By Whitney

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