We think the Triangle area is the best place to be for families especially around the 4th of July. There are celebrations happening all over town from fireworks, parades, olde time family fun, concerts and even a Fishing for Free day. Did you know there are so many July 4th events happening in and around Raleigh that you can even start Independence celebrations a day early or extend them to the day after? Here are some exciting family-friendly events that you’ll have to get in during your 4th of July holiday.
July 4th Celebrations In and Around Raleigh
Independence Day Celebrations on July 3rd
July 3rd. Event starts at 5:00 p.m. Lake Benson Park, Garner
FREE event. Celebrate early and enjoy live family-friendly music, a huge Kids Adventure Zone with inflatables and crafts, and a firework show all at the Lake Benson Park. Concessions will also be provided by local non-profit organizations.
July 3rd. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. South Park, Fuquay-Varina
Families can enjoy an afternoon of free inflatable rides, music acts, food vendors along with a fireworks display at sundown.
July 3rd. Music and Food Trucks begin at 6:00 p.m., Fireworks start at dark. Morrisville Community Park
Free event. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks. Enjoy live music, food trucks and a fireworks show to end the night. (Remember to bring cash for the food trucks.)
July 3rd & 4th. Wake Forest (Fireworks are held on July 3rd & the Children’s Parade is on July 4th.)
Did you know that Wake Forest is in their 44th year of celebrating Independence Day? This celebration takes up 2 days for all families to enjoy. A Fireworks Spectacular will take place July 3rd at Wake Forest High School. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. On July 4th a Children’s Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue. Following the parade, there will be Arts & Games in Holding Park.
Independence Day Celebrations on July 4th
July 4th. Noon – 10:00p.m. Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
FREE Event. Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Raleigh with live music, kids rides & games, Aerial Performances, Cirque de Vol street performers, an eating contest, food & art vendors, a Beer/Wine tent and, of course, a fireworks show over The Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.
July 4th. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
FREE event. Come early and enjoy patriotic performances with the Cary Town Band and the NC Symphony set in the beautiful backdrop of Booth Amphitheatre. Families can also enjoy a venue-wide scavenger hunt, magic show, a watermelon eating contest a 50-foot Ferris Wheel and more. (All activities are free with the exception of the amusement rides. Fireworks will light up the sky immediately following the concert.
July 4th. Game starts at 7:00 p.m. Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Come out to a Mudcats baseball game and watch the players wear their patriotic themed jerseys while they take on the Salem. Jerseys will be auctioned off with the net proceeds benefitting Hire Heroes USA. Fireworks will start after the game.
July 4th. 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Capitol Square, Downtown Raleigh
This free family-friendly event will feature a patriotic concert, picnic, costumed volunteers demonstrating how people in North Carolina celebrated the 4th long ago. Fun activities and an educational Yates Mill display will be on site. A naturalization ceremony for new citizens will also take place.
July 4th. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. Durham Athletic Stadium, Durham
Spend your 4th of July at a Durham Bulls Baseball game while they take on the Charlotte Knights. Afterward, enjoy the City of Durham’s official fireworks show. Don’t miss the Diamond Cutters Performance at the end of the 6th inning, too!
July 4th. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Downtown Apex
Free event. Celebrate America’s birthday with an Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street. Kids can decorate their bikes, wagons, tricycles and other non-motorized vehicles to take part in this annual parade. Also, enjoy carnival games, inflatables, a water slide, karaoke contest, climbing wall, sno cones, barbecue, a Fire Department Splash Down and more.
July 4th. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill
Families can enjoy this olde fashioned Independence Day celebration with food trucks, face painting, spin art, a photo booth, stilt walkers and more. A suggested donation at the gate: $1 per person or $5 per family is recommended.
July 4th. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bond Park, Cary
Free event. This is an old-fashioned celebration that all families will enjoy. There will be a fishing tournament, kid-friendly parade, and family contests. Activities begin at 8:00 a.m.
July 4th. Begins at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Knightdale Station Park
FREE event. Enjoy a number of Food Trucks, playground vendors, and fireworks celebration to close off the night. (Remember to bring money for the food trucks.)
July 4th. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Durham Central Park
Free event. Have the kiddos grab the bikes, trikes, wagons or strollers for this annual Children’s Parade. The Scrap Exchange will be on hand to help families decorate their wheels. Following the parade, there will be FREE popsicles and fire truck tours.
July 4th. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, New Hill
FREE event for all ages. Want to add in some fishing fun before you head out to the fireworks? Join the Harris Lake County Park staff and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and fish for free all day. Fishing rods will be on hand to use and staff will be on site to assist. First-come, first served. No registration required. Bring your favorite bait, too.
Independence Day Celebrations On July 5th
July 5th. 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake, Holly Springs
FREE event. Bring your family the day after 4th of July for face painting, fireworks, food vendors, kids crafts, inflatables & rides, live music, Skydiving demonstrations and more. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.