2019 Independence Day Celebrations and Fireworks for Triangle Families
July Fourth events and fireworks in the Triangle and surrounding towns
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 4 – Brier Creek Commons, 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh. 9 p.m. Free. Enjoy after-dark fireworks and a star-spangled block party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.