Triangle 4th of July Celebrations Feature Fireworks, Kids Activities

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Many Triangle towns will usher in the July Fourth holiday with plenty of family-centered festivities. Celebrate our nation's pride and independence with patriotic performances, bike parades, games, contests and more. Be sure to check with event organizers before heading to an event since plans may change due to weather or other conditions.

July 3


Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration – Enjoy a diverse group of food vendors, live music by Spare Change at 7 p.m., kids' activities and a fireworks display at sundown. Gates open at 6 p.m. South Park, 900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina.

Town of Garner's Independence Day Celebration – Celebrate our nation's independence with inflatable games and food from 5-8 p.m. The SOULPLAY Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver musical entertainment. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Free. Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd., Garner. 919-773-4442.

Town of Morrisville Fireworks Celebration – Music, kids activities, food trucks and bounce houses begin at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks display takes place at 9:15 p.m. Take blankets, chairs and snacks. Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy., Morrisville.

Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration – Take the family for a grand fireworks display. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 6 and younger. Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., Wake Forest. 919-556-4436.


July 4
Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate the nation's birthday with carnival games, a climbing wall and cake walk, street performers 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 at 12:30 p.m. Bicycle helmets required for the parade. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Historic Apex, 919-249-3402.

Benson July Fourth Celebration – Join the Town of Benson for an Independence Day celebration featuring live music, classic cars and more in Benson Singing Grove. Free. 3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Brier Creek Commons' July Fourth Fireworks Show – Enjoy a spectacular display of color and lights at Brier Creek Commons' clocktower at 9:30 p.m. Brier Creek Commons, 8161 Brier Creek Pkwy., Raleigh.

Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration – Take the family for kids' activities, live music, 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, and more. Registration for the fishing tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and parade preparations begin at 9 a.m. Free. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4100.

Chapel Hill's Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate our nation's rich history of freedom with live music from Transit Vocal Band, games, face painting, a melon-eating contest and more at UNC's Kenan Memorial Stadium. A grand fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donations of $1/person or $5/family are encouraged.

Clayton's July Fourth Celebration – Clayton celebrates America's birthday with games and rides, a corn-hole tournament, basketball skills competition, free ice cream and watermelon, a Clayton fire truck spray down and a concert. Free. 4-10 p.m. Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Dr., Clayton.

Durham's July Fourth Celebration – Take the family for a baseball game and fireworks. Enjoy a Durham Bulls baseball game at 6:05 p.m. (tickets required). The baseball park opens to the general public at the end 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.

Hillsborough's July Fourth Picnic in the Park – The fun in downtown Hillsborough includes a parade at 9 a.m. and a public reading of The Declaration of Independence at 10 a.m. Enjoy a picnic at the farmers market pavilion, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., featuring pony rides, games, food trucks and live music. Historic Hillsborough. 919-732-7741.

Joel Lane Museum House 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. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Joel Lane Museum House, 728 W. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-3431.

July Fourth Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre – Celebrate America's birthday with a scavenger hunt, watermelon-eating contest, model boat regatta and a Ferris Wheel, which offers a stunning view of Symphony Lake. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony deliver patriotic music on the main stage. Enjoy a grand fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free. 3-10 p.m. Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-462-2025.

Knightdale's July Fourth Celebration – Knightdale salutes America with vendors, activities and live music from The Embers. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Free. 5-9:30 p.m. Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. 1st Ave., Knightdale. 919-217-2236.

Raleigh's The 'Works – Food-eating contests, live performances, a Kids Zone, face painting and more take center stage in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street. A grand fireworks display rounds out the fun at 9:30 p.m. Noon-11 p.m.

Selma's All-American Festival – Celebrate our nation's birthday with live entertainment, vendors, special events and a children's area. A grand fireworks display rounds out the evening. 5-10 p.m. Uptown Selma.

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

Smithfield July Fourth Celebration – Celebrate the birth of America with fireworks, musical entertainment from The Backyard Groove, concessions and games for the kids. Downtown Smithfield, S. Third St. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. 919-934-2148. (NOTE: This date of this event was incorrectly listed in a previous post as occuring on July 2. The event takes place on July 5.)

Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs – Join the fun after Independence Day at Holly Springs' Bass Lake Park, 5-9:30 p.m. The event features face painting, a cornhole tournament, food vendors, potato sack races, arts and crafts, and inflatable games. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Free.

This listing was updated on July 2, 2015


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