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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: May 30, 2012

It's gray, raining and dreary. It's a perfect day to start planning where you'll watch fireworks on the Fourth of July with family and friends. Cast off the gloom and check out our round-up of July 4th celebrations, to see which Triangle towns are hosting fireworks, parades, concerts and kids activities, including face painting and fishing. Take a sneak peek at two cities' plans:

This year, The City of Raleigh will put on its fireworks and Independence Day celebration in downtown Raleigh. Beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4, Fayetteville Street will host eight different bands, the Maximus Circus, a beer and wine tasting tent, a picnic on the street and a kids' zone. Downtown restaurants will bring their fare to the street, and you'll find more activities, including an old-fashioned watermelon seed spitting contest, during the day. At 9:30 p.m., enjoy a fireworks display.

The Town of Cary's festivities start July 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a patriotic concert by the Applause! Cary Youth Theatre touring troupe and Cary Town Band at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park. Return to Bond Park on July 4 for a full day of family-friendly contests and games, including a "Parent-Child Fishing Tournament" and "Lakeside Olympics," as well as the "Parade in the Park." The fun moves to Koka Booth Amphitheatre with an evening concert by the North Carolina Symphony capped with fireworks display.

Don't live in Raleigh or Cary? Find Fourth of July events, fireworks, parades and kids Independence Day activities in your town in our roundup in our Summer Fun Guide. Check back often for updates.



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