2019 Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for Triangle Families

July Fourth events and fireworks in the Triangle and surrounding towns
Photo courtesy of Joel Lane Museum House
Step back in time to the 1700s to celebrate our nation's independence on July 4 at Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh.

Smithfield Fourth of July Celebration

June 30 – South Third Street, downtown Smithfield. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Smithfield hosts an Independence Day celebration featuring crafts, face painting, relay races, sidewalk chalk activities and more. A grand fireworks display caps off the evening at 9 p.m.

Cary Independence Eve Celebration

July 3 – Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Cary Town Band performs patriotic music. A preshow begins at 6:30 p.m. with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. 

Garner Independence Day Celebration

July 3 – Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the nation’s independence with inflatables, games and food. The North Carolina Symphony performs at 8:30 p.m. prior to a spectacular fireworks show. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/independence-day.

Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration

July 3 – 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.

Morrisville July 3 Fireworks

July 3 – Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville. 6 p.m. Free. Live music, kids activities and a grand fireworks display at 9 p.m. highlight America's 243rd birthday.

Wake Forest Independence Day Celebration

July 3 – Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd., Wake Forest. 6 p.m. Free. Wake Forest celebrates the nation's birthday for two days, July 3-4. Festivities on July 3 include live music from Sleeping Booty at 6:15 p.m., food trucks and a grand fireworks display at Heritage High School. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. On July 4, kids can march in a parade that begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of N. Main Street and Juniper Avenue in downtown Wake Forest and proceeds to Holding Park for games and art activities.

Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The town's annual Independence Day event features carnival games, a climbing wall, inflatables, street performers, a flag raising and more. Kids 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 after the parade. Bicycle helmets are required for the parade. 

Brier Creek Commons Fireworks Show

July 4 – Brier Creek Commons, 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 9 p.m. Free. Enjoy after-dark fireworks and a star-spangled block party. 

Carrboro July 4 Celebration

July 4 – Town Hall Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 9:30 a.m. Free. Enjoy musical performances, entertainers and carnival games. 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.

Cary Independence Day Olde Time Celebration

July 4 – Bond Park Boathouse, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Cary’s annual celebration features a parent-child fishing tournament from 8-10 a.m., a parade in the park at 10:30 a.m., and family contests at the boathouse at 11 a.m.

Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 – Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill. 7-10:30 p.m. Free. $5 donation per family appreciated. Take the family for old-fashioned fun in Chapel Hill. Enjoy fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Clayton Fourth of July Celebration

July 4 – Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Dr., Clayton. 4-10 p.m. Free. Contests, live music, inflatables, rides and fireworks highlight this celebration of America’s birth. Some activities charge a fee.

Durham Independence Day Celebration

July 4 – Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. 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 at 9:15 p.m. Purchase tickets online for the baseball game. The rain date is July 6.

Joel Lane Museum House Historic Independence Day Open House

July 4 – Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Take part in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls at this annual open house that also features costumed docents and re-enactors who demonstrate various aspects of colonial life. Enjoy games and free lemonade.

July Fourth Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre

July 4 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 3-10 p.m. Free. Cary celebrates Independence Day in grand style with patriotic performances and family-friendly activities, including a gem mine, carousel, Ferris wheel, ice cream eating contest and more. The Cary Town Band performs on the main stage at 5:45 p.m., followed by the North Carolina Symphony at 7:30 p.m. A grand fireworks display caps off the event at 9:15 p.m.

Knightdale’s July Fourth Celebration

July 4 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. 1st Ave., Knightdale. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Knightdale celebrates Independence Day with kids activities, food vendors and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

Raleigh Fireworks Celebration

July 4 – PNC Arena area, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 9:34 p.m. Free. Raleigh lights up the night sky with dazzling fireworks in the PNC Arena area. Parking lot gates open at 6 p.m. The rain date is July 5.

Raleigh State Capitol July Fourth Celebration

July 4 – Raleigh State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Sign your name with a quill pen, dress up like a Revolutionary-era citizen, and enjoy musical performances, carriage rides, hands-on children's activities and birthday cake while supplies last.

Rolesville July Fourth Celebration

July 4 – 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. A grand fireworks display at dusk caps off the event. 

Selma All-American Festival

July 4 – Uptown Selma. 6-10 p.m. Free. Take the family for free watermelon slices, children's activities, Tommy the Train rides and a DJ. Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the close of the event.

Tweetsie Railroad’s Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4 – Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., Blowing Rock. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $50/adult, $32 ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and younger. Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad in the North Carolina mountains and enjoy a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. after the park closes.

Wendell Independence Day Celebration

July 4 – Downtown Wendell. 10:30 a.m. Free. Take the family for an old-fashioned Independence Day parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by free hot dogs, watermelon and desserts.

July 5 at Sugg Farm

July 5 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Join the fun in Holly Springs after Independence Day with face painting, food vendors, inflatables, kids’ crafts, live music and skydiving demonstrations. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.


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