Find out about all the ways to celebrate Independence Day 2019 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond. Enjoy fireworks, parades, festivals and more.
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Free Fishing Day
Thursday, July 4th
On July 4th, 2019, you can fish for free, with no fishing license, at any public body of water in the state of North Carolina. Many locations offer free loaner equipment.
Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Historic Downtown Apex
Flag-raising, inflatables, face-painting, karaoke, parade of wheels, fire department splashdown
Free to attend. Might be cost for some activities.
July 3rd in the Park
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Burlington City Park, 1388 S. Main Street, Burlington
Amusement park rides, inflatables, face painting, live music, concessions, fireworks
Free, but you’ll need a wristband for some activities. Unlimited wristband is $5.
Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Carrboro Town Hall
At 10:50 a.m. the parade leaves from Weaver Street Market to the Town Hall. At the town hall starting at 9:30 a.m., enjoy activities, food, games and music.
Cary Independence Eve Celebration
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Cary Arts Center
The Cary Town Band will celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans in this year’s Independence Eve Celebration. Speaker Deborah Tilton, a Specialist in the NC Army National Guard and decorated veteran, will answer the question, “What is a Veteran?” Musical selections will be played to honor those who have served. The band will pay special tribute to our military service personnel and their spouses past and present who have helped secure our freedom and liberty. For more info, visit Cary Town Band or call (919) 469-4069.
Cary Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 7:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fred G. Metro Bond Park, Boathouse
Enjoy the fishing tournament, parade, and various activities. The activities start at 8 a.m.
July Fourth at Booth Amphitheatre
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 3 p.m.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun, family festivities. The North Carolina Symphony will be performing. There will be a fireworks display at the end of the event.
Free but there will be a charge for some of the amusements.
Town of Chapel Hill 4th of July Fireworks and Community Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Southern Village, 400 Market Street, Chapel Hill
The celebration and fireworks are moving from Kenan Memorial Stadium this year. They will be launched from Scrogg’s Elementary School, and the prime viewing areas will be Southern Village, where there will be a pre-fireworks community celebration with kids’ activities and music, and Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road.
Clayton’s Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 4 p.m.
Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive, Clayton.
Live music by Big Love, free watermelon slices, free ice cream, inflatables, fair rides, and more.fireworks at the end of the day.
Children’s Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 9:30 a.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham
Bring the kids and celebrate the birth of our nation in this fun and patriotic parade. Come early to help your kids decorate their bikes, big wheels, tricycles, wagons, even strollers. Parade starts at 10:30 am. Free popsicles and fire truck tours after the parade.
Durham Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, after the ballgame ends
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Patriotic fireworks show immediately following the USA baseball game.
Free, but you should consider buying tickets to the baseball game to make sure you get in. This is strongly suggested. Follow the above link for more information.
Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July parade and Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 10 a.m.
Oval Drive Park, 2200 W. Club Boulevard, Durham
This tradition started in 1950 with six neighborhood kids riding their bikes up and back on the sidewalk. Today, 1,000 people attend. The parade is led by the fire truck and features patriotic singing. Afterwards, participants cool down with bottles of ice-cold Coca-Cola.
40th Annual Festival for the Eno
Thursday, July 4th, and Saturday, July 6th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days
West Point on the Eno, 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham
Single day ticket: $23 ($18 in advance)
Two day ticket: $35 ($23 in advance)
Single day ticket for ages 13-16: $11
Kids under 13: Free
This festival is a 4th of July tradition for Durham. It features more than 70 bands (follow above link for band lineup), artists, artisans and much more. It raises money to protect the Eno River and surrounding lands.
Independence Day Celebration at Stagville
Friday, July 5th, 2019
Stagville State Historic Site
5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham
Frederick Douglass Community Reading: Commemorate Independence Day with a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ powerful Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” This is a participatory event, open to people of all ages! We will provide copies of the speech to all attendees, and read it out loud together as a community.
Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 3rd, gates at 6 p.m., Spare Change plays at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at sundown
South Park, 900 S. Main Street
Food vendors, music, free rides for kids, splash pad 6 p.m. until sundown, and fireworks.
Garner Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 3rd, 5 p.m.
Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner
Celebrate Independence day with food, music, and inflatable games. The North Carolina Symphony will be performing. The event will end with a fireworks show.
Hillsborough’s Independence Day Picnic
Sunday, June 30th, 11 a.m.
Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion
Live music by Alabama Slim and more. Food trucks and family activities in River Park until 3 p.m.
Holly Springs Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 5th, 5 p.m.
Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
A pet-friendly festival with food, games, crafts, activities, and more. There will be a fireworks display at 9:15.
Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 5 p.m.
Knightdale Station Park
This celebration features food trucks, vendors, and kids’ activities, as well as a live performance by The Embers. There will be fireworks to close out the celebration.
Mebane 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 7 p.m.
Mebane Arts & Community Center, 633 Corregidor Drive (off 3rd Street)
Enjoy concessions, music, inflatables and fireworks. Band of Oz plays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. fireworks are at 9:40 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, 6 p.m.
Morrisville Community Park
Fireworks and food trucks. Bring blankets, chairs, and tents to watch the show.
Free, but bring money for the food trucks
Thursday, July 4th, 6 p.m.
PNC Arena/Carter-Finley Stadium/NC State Fairgrounds Area
Raleigh’s fireworks will take place in the PNC Arena area.
All fireworks will be launched from property owned by NC State University along Trinity Road, directly adjacent to Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds are in the vicinity of the fireworks display.
- Free parking will be available in lots at the PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and Bunn Field at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds along Trinity Road.
- There will be no public access to the arena, fairgrounds, or stadium facilities, but there will be restroom amenities at each location.
- Parking lot gates will open at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9:34 p.m.
- In the event of inclement weather on July 4, the event will be moved to July 5.
Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics as there will be no food or beverage sales on the premises. To ensure safety of all guests, illegal substances, fireworks/explosives, and weapons of any kind are prohibited on the property. Raleigh police officers will be on site to assist with traffic control and help maintain a family-friendly atmosphere.
A portion of Trinity Road between Blue Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Road, including the pedestrian tunnel, will be closed to facilitate the launch of fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Finley Freedom Festival
Sunday, June 30th, 2019
A.E. Finley YMCA, 9216 Baileywick Road, Raleigh
The whole community is invited. You don’t need to be a member of the YMCA. Music, games, face painting, food vendors, balloons, and a fireworks show.
Brier Creek Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 7 p.m.
Brier Creek Commons
Games, bounce houses, prizes, and face painting. Ends with a fireworks display at dusk.
Joel Lane House Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joel Lane Museum House
The historic Joel Lane Museum House offers free admission on July 4th. Take a tour of the house, and enjoy historical activities.
Independence Day Celebration at the State Capitol
Thursday, July 4th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NC State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh
This great Raleigh tradition includes a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and patriotic music by Raleigh Concert Band. Carriage rides, food trucks, and free family-friendly activities. Free birthday cake at 1 p.m. Self-guided tours of the Capitol.
Rolesville Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 5 p.m.
121 Redford Place Drive
The event will include live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and a fireworks display.
Selma’s all-American Festival
Thursday, July 4th, 2019, 6 p.m.
A family-fun event featuring food, special events, a children’s area, and fireworks.
Smithfield Independence Celebration
Sunday, June 30th, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
South Third Street, Historic Downtown Smithfield
Food vendors, water wars, and music by The Seaside Band. The celebration ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Wake Forest Fireworks Display
Wednesday, July 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest
The band, Crush, is performing, followed fireworks.
Wake Forest Children’s Parade
Thursday, July 4th, 10 a.m.
North Main Street
Children can ride their bikes, walk, or be pulled in a wagon along North Main Street.
Arts and Games in the Park
Thursday, July 4th, 11 a.m.
Holding Park, 133 West Owen Avenue
Arts activities for kids
Wendell’s Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wendell’s annual Independence Day celebration features a citizen’s and children’s parade down Main Street, starting at Wendell United Methodist Church, and ending at the J. Ashley Wall Town Square. After the program there will be FREE hot dogs, watermelon and desserts.