2018 Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for Triangle Families
July Fourth events and fireworks in the Triangle and surrounding towns
Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad
July 3 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Cary Town Band performs patriotic music. A preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre.
July 3 – Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the nation’s independence with inflatables, games and food. The North Carolina Symphony performs at 8:30 p.m. prior to a spectacular fireworks show. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/independence-day.
July 3 – South Park, 900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 6 p.m. Free. Enjoy food vendors, live music, kids activities and a fireworks display. Gates open at 6 p.m.
July 3 – Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville. 6 p.m. Free. Celebrate America’s birthday with live music and a grand fireworks display at 9 p.m.
July 3 – Uptown Selma. 5-10 p.m. Free. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors and a children’s area. Fireworks cap off the event.
July 3 – Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd., Wake Forest. 5:30 p.m. Free. Take the family for a grand fireworks display, food trucks and live music from Raleigh-based band Crush. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
July 4 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a flag raising, carnival games, inflatables, street performers and more. Kids 12 and younger can take part in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at noon. Cool down with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down at 12:30 p.m. Bicycle helmets are required for the parade. .
July 4 – Brier Creek Commons Shopping Center, 8300 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 7-10 p.m. Free. Kick off the evening with the Star Spangled Block Party starting at 7 p.m., followed by a choreographed fireworks display after dark.
July 4 – Town Hall Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 9:30 a.m. Free. Enjoy kids’ activities, live music, contests and more. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the Weaver Street Market lawn, followed by a kids’ parade to Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.
July 4 – Bond Park Boathouse, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Cary’s annual celebration features a parent-child fishing tournament from 8-10 a.m., a parade in the park at 10:30 a.m., and family contests at the boathouse at 11 a.m.
July 4 – Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill. 7-10:30 p.m. Free. $5 donation per family appreciated. Take the family for old-fashioned fun in Chapel Hill. Enjoy fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
July 4 – Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Dr., Clayton. 4-10 p.m. Free. Contests, live music, inflatables, rides and fireworks highlight this celebration of America’s birth.
July 4 – Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Take the family for a baseball game and fireworks. The baseball park opens to the general public at the end of the seventh inning for a post-game fireworks show. All ages. Free. Purchase tickets online for the baseball game. The rain date is July 5.
July 4 – Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Take part in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls at this annual open house that also features costumed docents and re-enactors who demonstrate various aspects of colonial life.
July 4 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 3-10 p.m. Free. Take the family for a scavenger hunt, watermelon-eating and cornhole contests, magicians and a Ferris wheel. The Cary Town Band performs on the main stage at 5:45 p.m., followed by the North Carolina Symphony at 7:30 p.m. A grand fireworks display caps off the event at 9:15 p.m.
July 4 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. 1st Ave., Knightdale. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Knightdale celebrates Independence Day with kids activities, food vendors and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
July 4 – PNC Arena area, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 9:30 p.m. Free. Raleigh lights up the night sky with dazzling fireworks in the PNC Arena area.
July 4 – Rolesville Ballfields, 121 Redford Place Dr., Rolesville. 4:30-10 p.m. Free. Celebrate Independence Day with a parade at 4:30 p.m., which leads directly into the Rolesville Ballfields where families can enjoy food vendors, face painting, live music and more. A grand fireworks display at dusk caps off the event.
July 4 – Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $45/adult, $30 ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and younger. Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad in the North Carolina mountains and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show after the park closes.
July 5 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Join the fun in Holly Springs after Independence Day with face painting, food vendors, inflatables, kids’ crafts, live music and skydiving demonstrations. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.