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All of North Carolina
Free Fishing Day
Tuesday, July 4th
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. Follow above link to find list of locations.
Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Tuesday, July 4th, 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.
Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 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, enjoy activities, food, games and music.
Cary Independence Eve Celebration
Monday, July 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Cary Arts Center
The Cary Town Band, Applause!Cary Youth Theatre will be performing. This year the band presents its 30th annual pre-4th of July patriotic celebration saluting our military service personnel past and present who have helped secure our freedom and liberty. This year’s celebration will focus on the Declaration of Independence. There’ll be tunes from the times and other music recalling the document itself and the spirit of liberty it engendered.will be musically saluting the American flag, its history, and the musical works it has inspired.
Cary Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 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
Tuesday, July 4th, 3 p.m.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Enjoy contests, magicians, scavenger hunts, and rides. 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.
Chapel Hill Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 7 p.m.
Kenan Memorial Stadium
Music performed by the Radio Jacks, watermelon eating contests, and fireworks at the end of the day.
Free, but donation suggested ($1/person, $5/family)
Clayton’s Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 4 p.m.
The fun starts Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Municipal Park (325 McCullers Drive) with free family events on the field, basketball competitions, watermelon and ice cream giveaways, a hose down by the Clayton Fire Department and a live free music concert. Enjoy food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the day and night. The Fireworks shoot off at dark with increased seating area and added bleachers. The live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show. That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic.
Children’s Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, 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.
Durham Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, after the ballgame ends
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Patriotic fireworks show immediately following the Durham Bulls’ game.
Free, but you should consider buying tickets to the baseball game to make sure you get in. This is strongly suggested.
Watts Hospital-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade Watts Hospital-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade
Tuesday, July 4th. Annual event. Details TBA.
Oakland Ave and Club Blvd, Durham Oakland Ave and Club Blvd, Durham
Escorts of police motorcycles, bicycles or cars, and a fire truck. The procession of decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, strollers, and people on foot follows the time-honored route from the corner of Oakland Avenue and Club Boulevard, down Club to Alabama, right on Alabama, right on Woodrow, and into Oval Park. Under strings of flags in Oval Park, a neighborhood gathering follows, flavored by patriotic songs, friendly visits, and lemonade. Escorts of police motorcycles, bicycles or cars, and a fire truck. The procession of decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, strollers, and people on foot follows the time-honored route from the corner of Oakland Avenue and Club Boulevard, down Club to Alabama, right on Alabama, right on Woodrow, and into Oval Park. Under strings of flags in Oval Park, a neighborhood gathering follows, flavored by patriotic songs, friendly visits, and lemonade.
Tuesday, July 4th.
Lineup at 9 a.m. next to Lloyd’s Carwash, 603 Mt Willing Rd, Efland. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Parade ends at Efland Ruritan Club, where there will be refreshments.
Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 3rd, gates at 6 p.m., Spare Change plays at 7 p.m. , fireworks at sundown
Food vendors, music, inflatable rides, and fireworks.
Garner Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 3rd, 5 p.m.
Lake Benson Park
Celebrate Independence day with food, music, and inflatable games. Bull City Syndicate providing live music. The North Carolina Symphony will be performing, and the event will end with a fireworks show.
Hillsborough’s Independence Day Picnic
Sunday, July 2nd, 11 a.m.
Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion
Live music by Cool John Ferguson and more. Food trucks, and family activities in River Park until 3 p.m.
Sugg Farm Celebration
Wednesday, July 5th, 5 p.m.
Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
A pet-friendly festival with food, games, crafts, activities, and live music. There will be a fireworks display at 9:15.
Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 5 p.m.
Knightdale Station Park
This celebration features food trucks, vendors, and kids’ activities, as well as a live performance by Chairman of the Board. There will be fireworks at about 9:15.
Monday, July 3rd, 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
4th of July at the Roost
Tuesday, July 4th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Roost Beer Garden, 270 Market Street, Pittsboro
Live music by Mark Holland. Purchase wood-fired pizza, beer and wine.
Free admission. Food and drink for sale.
Tuesday, July 4th, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
Live music, Beer/Wine tent, kids rides and games, Aerial Performances, Cirque de Vol street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, and much more. Fireworks will light up the sky over The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting at around 9:30 p.m.
Brier Creek Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 7 p.m.
Brier Creek Commons Clock Tower Plaza
Games, bounce houses, prizes, and face painting. Ends with a fireworks display at dusk.
Joel Lane House Celebration
Tuesday, 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 Block Party
Sunday, July 2nd, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Neuse River Brewing Co., 518 Pershing Road, Raleigh
Live music, food trucks, vendors. Benefits Sound Rivers.
A Side of History: Yankee Doodle Dandy
Tuesday, July 4th, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park, 6420 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh
Learn about the American Revolution through a whimsical story set to the popular tune of Yankee Doodle, where mice, rabbits, and other woodland creatures bring to life the era’s important events.
Raleigh Times Bar Block Party
Tuesday, July 4th, 12 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Live music, vendors, food and beer. Watch the ‘Works on Fayetteville fireworks display from here.
Free admission. Pay for food and beer.
North Carolina Museum of History
Tuesday, July 4th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum is open for normal business hours and is a great way to start your celebration. Active and retired military members will receive a 20% discount at the Museum Shop. Please show military ID.
Rolesville Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th, 4:30 p.m.
The parade begins at the Rogers Road post office, and makes its way to the ballfields. At the ballfields, there will be music, food, and fun activities for all. At the end of the event, there will be a fireworks display.
Selma’s all-American Festival
Tuesday, July 4th, 5 p.m.
A family-fun event featuring food, special events, a children’s area, and fireworks.
Smithfield Independence Celebration
Sunday, July 2nd, 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
Monday, July 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Wake Forest High School
The Band of Oz begins playing at 6:30, and the fireworks display starts between 8:30 and 9.
Admission is $5, and children 6 and under are admitted free.
Wake Forest Children’s Parade
Tuesday, 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
Tuesday, July 4th, 11 a.m.
Holding Park, 133 West Owen Avenue
Inflatables, games, activities, crafts for kids