Fourth of July Celebrations In and Around Raleigh

July 4th Celebrations in & around Raleigh

July 4th is almost here and as moms we need to plan ahead, so we’ve compiled some of the most family-friendly event in the Triangle for you! Enjoy the upcoming holiday and be sure to share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging @raleighmomsblog or using #raleighmomsblog.

July 4th Celebrations In & Around Raleigh

PNC Arena Fireworks

July 4th. 6:30 p.m. Gates open, 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start. PNC Arena
Raleigh has moved its July 4th fireworks show from downtown to the PNC Arena. No viewing obstructions and free parking make this an ideal family viewing spot. (Please note: according to the PNC Arena website, arena restrooms will be closed, but portable toilets will be available.

State Capitol Celebration

July 4th. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m. 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
This free, fun-filled family event will have music, carriage rides, kids’ activities (think, quill writing and dressing up in historical outfits), as well as the Kona Ice and Split Wieners food trucks.

July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

July 4th. 3:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
One of the area’s biggest Independence Day celebrations, there will be family-friendly activities including games, a scavenger hunt, watermelon eating contest and even a Ferris Wheel; followed by the Cary Town Band and NC Symphony; and culminating in fireworks. Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs for the lawn!

Brier Creek 4th of July

July 4th. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Brier Creek Commons
Brier Creek’s 12th Annual Fireworks Show kicks off with the Star Spangled Block Party, featuring games, bounce houses, face painting, and more, followed by fireworks after dark.

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration

July 4th. 7:00 a.m. Boathouse opens; 8:00 a.m. Activities begin. Fred G. Metro Bond Park, Cary
This old-fashioned celebration is guaranteed to have something for everyone in your family! With a fishing tournament, a kid-friendly parade through the park (with decorating beforehand), and family contests like donut eating and sidewalk decorating, it’s fun for the whole family!

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

July 4th. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Historic Downtown Apex
Kid-friendly activities (inflatables, ice cream, climbing wall, and more) will be followed by Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street! Kids 12 and under can decorate their bike, wagon, or tricycle and join Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street at noon! Helmets are required.

Childrens’ Independence Day Parade

July 4th. 9:30 a.m. Durham Central Park
It’s Durham’s annual Childrens’ Parade! The Scrap Exchange will be providing decorations galore for little ones’ strollers, bikes, tricycle, and wagons. Parade through the park at 10:30, then enjoy a live DJ, free popsicles, and fire truck tours.

Carrboro July 4th Celebration

July 4th 9:30 a.m.; 10:50 a.m. Parade begins. Weaver Street Market / Carrboro Town Hall
This small town tradition begins at the Weaver Street Market lawn with a parade to Carrboro Town Hall, followed by kid-friendly activities, games, food and live music.

Chapel Hill’s July Fourth Celebration

July 4th. 7:00 p.m. Gates open; 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start. UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium
Bring the family to enjoy live music, a watermelon eating contest, face painting, a digital photo booth and more, followed by a spectacular fireworks show!

Want to start your 4th of July celebrations a day early? Check out the Town of Garner’s annual event below.

Garner Independence Day Celebration 

July 3rd. Event begins at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Lake Benson Park, Garner

Start your celebration a day early with a large Kids Adventure Zone filled with inflatables, games and crafts along with live music from The Embers and N.C. Symphony. Bring a picnic or enjoy concessions from local Food Trucks and non-profit organizations. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.


Wishing each of you a safe and fun Independence Day!


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