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Written by:  Janice Lewine
Date: June 1, 2012

Tuesday, July 3

Fourth of July Celebration. Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more. $5, ages 6 and under admitted free. Gates open 5pm. Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd., Wake Forest. 919-556-4436.

Independence Eve Celebration at Sertoma. Kick off July Fourth celebrations with an Independence Eve performance by the Cary Town Band playing old-time patriotic music. Free. 7:30pm. Sertoma Amphitheatre, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4061.

Garner Independence Day Celebration. Features music from the N.C. Symphony, children's inflatables, food and grand fireworks finale. Free. Gates open at 5pm. Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 919-773-4442.

Wednesday, 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. Bicyle helmets required for the parade. Free. 9am-1pm. Downtown Apex, 919-249-1120.

Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration. Take the family for kids' activities, live music, a parade, face painting, juggling, contests and more. Free. 10:30am. Town Hall Grounds, Carrboro. 919-918-7373.

Clayton's July Fourth Celebration. Family events, dancing, contests, children's games, bingo, live music, free ice cream and fireworks display. Free. 4-9:30pm. Municipal Park, Stallings St., Clayton.

Fourth of July Children's Parade. Kids jump on a bike or wagon for a walking parade in Wake Forest. Helmets required for cyclists. Parade begins at N. Main Street and W. Juniper Avenue and ends at Holding Park, where games and activities await families. Free. 10am. 919-556-4436.

Independence Day Concert and Fireworks. The Town of Cary celebrates Independence Day with patriotic music by the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony and a special fireworks display. Free. Gates open at 3pm. Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025.

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration. Old-fashioned celebration featuring parent-child fishing tournament, a parade in the park, family contests and more. Registration for the fishing tournament begins at 7:30am; parade preparations begin at 9am. Free. 8am-3pm. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 991-469-4100.

July Fourth Celebration. Live entertainment, interactive children's activities and fireworks display. Free. Gates open at 7pm. Kenan Stadium, UNC-CH campus, Chapel Hill.

Durham July Fourth Celebration. Take the family for live music, a baseball game and fireworks. Enjoy a free concert at American Tobacco from 6-8pm or a Durham Bulls baseball game at 6:05 (tickets are required). The baseball park opens to the general public at the 7th inning for a fireworks show after the game. All ages. Free; tickets required for the baseball game. 6-9:30pm. American Tobacco and Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Blackwell St.,

Selma's All American Festival. Live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a children's area and fireworks. Free. 5-10pm. Uptown Selma, 919-975-1411.

The Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street. Live music, kids' area, contests and fireworks presentation. Free. 4pm. Downtown Raleigh,


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