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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: June 14, 2013

Celebrate Independence Day with the family in a variety of ways — at a variety of locations across the Triangle. From fireworks displays to historic demonstrations and family fun, there are plenty of festivities to choose from.

Be sure to check with event organizers before heading to an event since plans may change due to weather or other conditions.

July 3
Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration – Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more. $5; ages 6 and younger free. Gates open a 5 p.m. Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., Wake Forest. 919-556-4436.

UPDATE: Due to weather forecasts for Wednesday, the Town of Garner's Independence Day Celebration has been moved to Friday, July 5. (see July 5 below)

July 4
Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate the nation's birthday with carnival games, a climbing wall and giant slide, clowns, jugglers, karaoke 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 helmets required for the parade. Free. 9am-1 p.m. Historic Apex, 919-249-3402.

Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration – Take the family for kids' activities, live music, face painting, juggling, 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. Free. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Hall Grounds, Carrboro. 919-918-7364.

Cary Independence Day Olde Time Celebration – Experience an old-fashioned celebration featuring 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. and parade preparations begin at 9 a.m. Free. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4100.

Chapel Hill July Fourth Celebration – Celebrate our nation's history of freedom and independence with live music from Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure, interactive children's activities and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free. Gates open at 7 p.m. Kenan Stadium, UNC-CH campus, Chapel Hill.

Clayton's July Fourth Celebration – Clayton celebrates America's birthday with family field events, a basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, a cornhole tournament, live music and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Free. 4:30-10 p.m. Municipal Park, Stallings Rd., Clayton.

Durham July Fourth Celebration – Take the family for live music, a baseball game and fireworks. Enjoy a free concert on the American Tobacco Historic District campus from 6-8 p.m. or a Durham Bulls baseball game at 6:05 (tickets required). The baseball park opens to the general public at the beginning of the seventh inning for a post-game fireworks show. The rain date is July 5. All ages. Free; tickets required for the baseball game. 6-9:30 p.m. American Tobacco Historic District and Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Blackwell St., Durham.

Joel Lane Museum House Presents an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Enjoy an Independence Day open house. Costumed docents and re-enactors demonstrate various aspects of colonial life. Take part in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. Kids enjoy old-fashioned crafts and games. Free lemonade for all. Free. 11am-4pm. Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-3431.

July Fourth Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre – Celebrate America's birthday with children's activities, contests, a model boat regatta and a Ferris Wheel. The Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver patriotic music before a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free. 3-10 p.m. Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025.

Marbles Kids Museum Red, White and Blue for YOU! – Celebrate Independence Day at Marbles Kids Museum with water relays, fizzing fireworks, sparkler hats and more. Don't forget to wear your red, white and blue. All ages. $5 ages 1-adult. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040.

Raleigh's The Works! – Downtown Raleigh hosts of the city's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Enjoy food and art vendors, a kids' zone with rides and a water area, fire spinners, partner acrobatics, stilt walkers and more. Sportbike freestyle and Red Bull athlete Aaron Colton will perform multiple shows on Fayetteville Street. Fireworks displays include the Fayetteville Street Show at 9:15 p.m. and the Red Hat Amphitheater Show at 10:15 p.m. Free. Noon-11 p.m. Downtown Raleigh at Fayetteville Street and the Red Hat Amphitheater.

Wake Forest Fourth of July Children's Parade – Kids ride on a bike or in a wagon for a walking parade. (Helmets required for cyclists.) The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. (line up at 10 a.m.) on N. Main Street and W. Juniper Avenue and ends at Holding Park, where games and activities await families at 11 a.m. Free. Wake Forest. 919-556-4436.

July 5
UPDATE: Due to weather forecasts for Wednesday, the Town Garner's Independence Day Celebration has been moved to Friday, July 5. Visit for details. – Enjoy music from the North Carolina Symphony and The Central Park Band, inflatables, concessions and a fireworks display. Free. Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 919-773-4442.

This listing was updated on July 2


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