Fourth of July Celebrations, Concerts, Parades, Fireworks

Updated for 2017


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Independence Day festivities light up the Triangle this month. Celebrate the birth of our nation with patriotic performances, bike parades, games, contests and fireworks. Be sure to check with event organizers before heading to an event since plans may change due to weather or other unexpected conditions.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Fuquay-Varina July 3 Independence Day Celebration — 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. fuquay-varina.org/273/festivals-events.

Town of Cary Independence Eve Celebration — Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Cary Town Band celebrates the Declaration of Independence with a concert. A preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. townofcary.org.

Town of Garner July 3 Independence Day Celebration — Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. Gates open at 5 p.m. Free. Celebrate our nation’s independence with inflatables, games and food. The North Carolina Symphony delivers musical entertainment and the evening concludes with a fireworks show. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/special-events/independence-day.

Town of Morrisville July 3 Fireworks — Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville. 6 p.m. Free. Celebrate our nation’s birthday with live music and fireworks beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a grand fireworks display at 9 p.m. townofmorrisville.org/index.aspx?nid=582

Wake Forest Fireworks Spectacular — Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., Wake Forest. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 6 and younger. Food trucks, live music and fireworks highlight this annual event. wakeforestnc.gov/fireworks-spectacular.aspx.

Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration — 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 ages 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 are helmets required for the parade. apexnc.org/532/olde-fashioned-fourth-of-july.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration — Town Hall Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 9:30 a.m. Free. Take the family for 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. carrborojuly4th.com.

Cary Independence Day Olde Time Celebration — Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Experience an old-fashioned celebration featuring a parent-child fishing tournament from 8-10 a.m., a parade in the park at 10:30 a.m. and contests at the boathouse at 11 a.m. townofcary.org.

Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration — Kenan Memorial Stadium, campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Gates open at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $1/person, $5/family. Celebrate the nation’s rich history of freedom with live music from RadioJacks, games, face painting, contests and more. A grand fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. townofchapelhill.org/july4.

Clayton Fourth of July Celebration — Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Dr., Clayton. 4-10 p.m. Free. Food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables, rides, bingo and more highlight Clayton’s annual celebration. A fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/july-4th.aspx.

Durham’s Independence Day Celebration — Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. 6-9:30 p.m. 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. Free; purchase tickets online for the baseball game. All ages. durhamnc.gov/1008/independence-day-celebration.

Joel Lane Museum Independence Day Open House — Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy old-fashioned crafts and games for kids, free lemonade, costumed docents and re-enactors who demonstrate aspects of colonial life, and hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. joellane.org.

July Fourth Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre — Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 3-10 p.m. Free. Watermelon-eating contests, a scavenger hunt, magicians and a Ferris Wheel highlight the town’s annual Independence Day event. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver patriotic music on the main stage. A grand fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/independence-day-events.

Knightdale’s July Fourth Celebration — Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. 1st Ave., Knightdale. Gates open at 5 p.m. Free. Knightdale salutes America with food vendors, kids’ activities and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. knightdalenc.gov/index.aspx?page=659.

Raleigh’s “The ‘Works” — Downtown Raleigh. Noon-11 p.m. Free. Enjoy eating contests, street performers, a Kids Zone and more along Fayetteville Street. A grand fireworks display rounds out the fun at 9:30 p.m. raleighconvention.com/works.

Rolesville Fourth of July — 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 at 5 p.m. A grand fireworks display caps off the event at dusk. rolesville4th.wix.com/rolesville4th.

Selma’s All-American Festival — Uptown Selma. 5-10 p.m. Free. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities and fireworks. selma-nc.com/all-american-festival.

July 5 at Sugg Farm — Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Take the family for face painting, potato sack races, kids’ crafts, food vendors, inflatables and games. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. hollyspringsnc.us/358/july-5th.

 

This roundup was updated June 15, 2017.

 

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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
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Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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It's time to play... TAKEOUT BINGO!!!  Take a screenshot or download the game board. Mark off the locations you visit. Share your progress on Facebook and Instagram using #CRTakeoutBingo. Send...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crossroads Plaza
Crossroad Blvd
Suite 215
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Crossroads Plaza/ Kimco Realty
Telephone: 864-979-2291
Contact Name: Katie Earnhardt
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

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Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
Website »

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Live online classes for kids - FREE! Kids and families can join our online classes from home while school is out. Our special guests teach kids about art, medicine, music, cooking, science and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online at your Home
265 Cambridge Ave #60923
Palo Alto, NC  94306
View map »


Sponsor: ActivityHero
Telephone: 800-437-6125
Contact Name: Mabelle
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Join one of our talented Mid-South Fencers’ Club coaches for a one hour virtual lesson to the fast paced and exciting sport of Olympic Fencing! This will be a FREE ONLINE class. All you need is...

Cost: free

Where:
Mid-South Fencers' Club ONLINE
125 N. Gregson St.
DURHAM, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Mid-South Fencers' Club
Telephone: 919-286-3100
Contact Name: Jeff Kallio
Website »

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It's time to play... TAKEOUT BINGO!!!  Take a screenshot or download the game board. Mark off the locations you visit. Share your progress on Facebook and Instagram using #CRTakeoutBingo. Send...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crossroads Plaza
Crossroad Blvd
Suite 215
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Sponsor: Crossroads Plaza/ Kimco Realty
Telephone: 864-979-2291
Contact Name: Katie Earnhardt
Website »

More information

We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

More information

The Beaver Queen Pageant is the Triangle’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion,...

Cost: free

Where:
Online
, NC


Sponsor: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Telephone: 919-698-9729
Contact Name: Rachel Cohn
Website »

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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
Website »

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Get your summer vibes going at the 1st Annual Hubb’s Beach Blast at Hubb’s Farm in Clinton, NC.  Hubb’s Beach Blast will feature two of beach music industry’s top groups, Jim Quick and...

Cost: 20-50

Where:
Hubb's Farm
10276 US HWY 421 N
Clinton, NC  28328
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Sponsor: Hubb's Farm
Telephone: 910-564-6709
Contact Name: Tammy Peterson
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