Enjoy July Fourth Events in the Triangle & Across the Carolinas


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Ready for a long weekend of family fun? Triangle cities will be celebrating Independence Day with free fireworks, parades and special activities for kids. If you're looking to head out of town, see what other Carolina cities are offering for July Fourth festivities. Going to the movies? Check Jean's Movies Choices for Kids to see what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen first. Here's a look at the line-up of family fun:

 

THURSDAY

This Thursday, get your July Fourth weekend off to a great start by enjoying a free concert featuring the rock 'n' roll band SHMaK and benefiting the downtown Cary Children's Museum. The music begins about 8 p.m., and many downtown merchants, galleries and restaurants will stay open to provide your favorite beverages and concert snacks. Enjoy your favorite beverages, New York hot dogs, fresh grilled wings and an auction (with all proceeds going to the Children's Museum). Don't forget to bring a blanket or beach chair for comfort. Details in this article.

FRIDAY

At 7 p.m.  Friday, The Shady Grove Band performs at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden, in Cary. The free concert features music from The Shady Grove Band and students from the PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp. Details in our Daily Calendar.

On Friday at 5 p.m. head to the Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill, for Fridays on the Front Porch: Ted Walters Band, a free concert.

SATURDAY

In Clayton, from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, enjoy Archer Lodge Family Fun Day. The event at the Archer Lodge Community Center features a 5K and 1-mile road race at 8 a.m., a community parade at 11 a.m., and barbecue, kids' games, train rides, horseshoe tournament, bingo and more throughout the day. Enjoy a patriotic salute program at noon, the Little Miss Archer Lodge Pageant at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the Festival for the Eno in Durham honors the river's nature, culture and history. The festival features more than 90 performers on four stages, the work of 90 regional craft artists, as well as river activities, dance workshops, kids' activities, storytellers, traditional and international food and more. For details on where you can find free parking, visit our Daily Calendar.

In Raleigh from 10 a.m.-noon, visit North Hills Celebrates Independence Day at the North Hills Commons, for a free celebration. North Hills will celebrate with a Children's Bike Parade, watermelon-eating contest, apple pie baking contest, carnival games, beverage tents, street performers, and patriotic music.

SUNDAY

In Wake Forest, take in a Fourth of July Celebration at Heritage High School. The gates open 5 p.m. for an evening of  fireworks, games, live entertainment and more. For details to pricing, visit our Daily Calendar.

On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., in Cary, the free Independence Eve Celebration at Sertoma will offer an Independence Eve performance by the Cary Town Band playing old time patriotic music and a performance by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. Details in our Daily Calendar.

MONDAY

On Monday, the free Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. will feature giant inflatables, trackless train rides, carnival games, pirate obstacle course, frog bog and more. Kids 12 and under can take part in Uncle Sam's Parade of Wheels at noon. Cool down with the Apex Fire Department's Splash Down. Bicycle helmet required for parade. Details in our Daily Calendar.

In Cary the free Independence Day Concert and Fireworks at Koka Booth Amphitheater features free patriotic music and a special fireworks display on Monday. Gates open at 3 p.m. In Cary at 3 p.m. on Monday, enjoy another free July Fourth celebration at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Details in our Daily Calendar.

Also in Cary, the free Independence Day Olde Time Celebration from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Bond will feature a parent-child fishing tournament, a parade in the park, family contests and more. Registration for the fishing tournament begins at 7:30 a.m.; parade preparations begin at 9 a.m.Details in our Daily Calendar.

The free Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration on Monday runs from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Town Hall Grounds, Take the family for kids activities, live music, a parade, face painting, juggling, pie eating contest and more. North Carolina's Tony Award-winning String Band The Red Clay Ramblers will be a special guest on the main stage Details in our Daily Calendar.

Clayton's free July Fourth Celebration on Monday, runs from 4-9:15 p.m. Monday at the Clayton Municipal Park offers rides, food, games and fun ending with a live performance and fireworks display.Details in our Daily Calendar.

Enjoy free live music at 5 p.m. Monday in downtown Durham on the lawn at the American Tobacco Campus. The event is Red, White, Blues and Bluegrass. Details in our Daily Calendar.

Also in Durham, celebrate Independence Day on Monday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Fireworks will begin immediately after the game). Attend the game or go just for the fireworks. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. and gates open for general admission at the end of the 7th inning. Tickets are required for the game. To purchase a ticket, visit www.durhambulls.com. For details, call (919) 560-4355.

In Raleigh from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, the free Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day Celebration features arts and crafts, games for children and free lemonade. Re-enactors will demonstrate aspects of Colonial life and visitors will be able to try their hand at chores such as churning butter and carrying water in buckets at the Joel Lane Museum House. Details in our Daily Calendar.

In Raleigh, the N.C. State Fairgrounds will be the site of a July Fourth Celebration from on Monday. The rain date for fireworks only is 9:15 p.m., July 5.  Take the family for fun, food, contests, crafts and more. You'll find a grand scale fireworks show in the evening. Details in our Daily Calendar. There's free admission and free parking. The gates open at 5 p.m. and there will be no charge for activities from 5:30 - 9 p.m.! Fireworks kick off at 9:45 p.m.

On Monday, the free Rolesville Fourth of July Celebration also features live music as well as food, fireworks, space walk rides, a big slide and more at the Rolesville School Community Park. Gates open at 5pm. Details in ourDaily Calendar.

From 5-10 p.m., Selma's free All American Festival in Selma will offer live entertainment, craft and food vendors, kids' area and a fireworks presentation. Details in our Daily Calendar.

In Wake Forest, the free Fourth of July Children's Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday with kids jumping on a bike or wagon for a walking parade. Helmets required for bicyclists. Parade begins at N. Main Street and W. Juniper Avenue and ends at Holding Park, where games and activities await families. Details in our Daily Calendar.

Note: This article was modified 7/1/2011 at 11 a.m. to delete a previously scheduled event in Chapel Hill that was cancelled.

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