The biggest 4th of July fireworks and celebrations in the Triangle will be back in 2022! There are many fireworks shows taking place across the Triangle, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Wake Forest and more. There are also other celebrations and parades returning for 2022.
We will be updating this page in the months and weeks leading up to Independence Day, so please keep checking back.
Please make sure to check the date of each event, as some take place the weekend before the 4th of July, or other times.
4th of July Events in the Triangle
Please make sure to follow each link for full details. Sometimes details change, and we might not be notified!
All of North Carolina
Every July 4th is Free Fishing Day at any public body of water in North Carolina. Fish anywhere without a license. Other regulations, such as size limitations and lure restrictions, still apply. If you don’t have fishing equipment, many facilities operate a tackle loan program. We will verify this for sure as the date approaches, but it’s a long-standing North Carolina tradition.
The Town of Apex is expanding its Olde Fashioned Fourth of July to two days in 2022. On Sunday, July 3rd, it will present its first ever 4th of July fireworks show at Hunter Street Park, 1250 Ambergate Station. Then it will host its traditional Olde Fashioned Fourth Event in Downtown Apex on Monday, July 4th. This event will include family-friendly games, inflatables, the Parade of Wheels and more.
Chapel Hill’s 4th of July fireworks celebration will take place Monday, July 4th, 2022, at Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will start around 9 p.m.
Check back soon to learn about Carrboro’s 4th of July celebration. One of the town’s traditions is to have a public reading of Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Essay.
Check back soon to learn about The Town of Cary’s Independence Day Celebration. In 2021, it took place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre and featured the Cary Town Band, the NC Symphony, and Fireworks. General admission was free.
The Town of Clayton is celebrating in a big way, with the Square to Square Independence Day Street Festival on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The street festival takes place on Main Street from Horne Square to Town Square. In 2021 it features stiltwalkers, face painters, axe throwing, a hot dog eating contest, a hula hoop contest, a trackless train, rock climbing wall, waterslides, a bike parade, free snow cones and watermelon, a fire truck parade and more.
Check back soon to learn about the 4th of July at Archer Lodge Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road, Clayton. In 2021 it featured live music, food trucks and fireworks.
Check back soon for events in Durham. Some items in this section haven’t yet been updated for 2022.
Children’s Independence Day Parade
Monday, July 4th, 2022
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham
Bring the kids to the pavilion. Kids can decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters with items from the Scrap Exchange.
Fireworks after Durham Bulls Game
Monday, July 4th, 2022
There will be fireworks after the Durham Bulls game on July 4th. The game starts at 6:05 and the fireworks will start at approximately 9:15 p.m. Check back soon for more information.
Annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July parade and Celebration is Durham’s oldest 4th of July celebration. Check back soon for details for the 2022 parade and celebration.
Festival for the Eno
This annual festival at West Point on the Eno will return for 4th of July weekend, 2022. It will take place July 2nd and 4th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Check back soon for details.
Fourth on the Farm Music Festival
Old Mill Farm, at 8913 NC 751, Durham. Check back soon! Old Mill Farm often hosts Fourth of July events with live music.
Community reading of Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech
Monday, July 4th, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, listen to, or participate in, a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ powerful abolitionist speech, which he delivered at an Independence Day celebration on July 5th, 1852. This free event will last about one hour, and then you’ll be able to tour the original slave dwellings.
Fuquay-Varina is holding its Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 1st, 2022, at South Park, 900 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina. The gates open at 6 p.m., and Spare Change will be providing the live music, starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks show will start around 9:15 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair. Coolers are allowed, but not alcohol. Food vendors will be on site.
Check back soon for events in Garner. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.
Garner’s Independence Day Celebration
Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner
Check back soon for details about a 2022 celebration.
Holly Springs July 5th Celebration
Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs
Holly Springs annual “day after 4th of July celebration” is back for 2021. The fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
Check back soon for events in Knightdale. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.
Check back soon for events in Morrisville. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.
Morrisville’s celebration — check back soon!
The official City of Raleigh 4th of July fireworks show will be at Dix Park on Monday, July 4th, 2022. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show will take place at 9:30 p.m. Before the fireworks, enjoy music from the DJ stage and field games like Cornhole and Giant Connect 4. No vehicle traffic will be allowed in Dix Park, but there will be free parking at NCSU Centennial Campus and Downtown Raleigh parking decks, with free shuttles from Centennial Campus and Moore Square.
Check back soon for information on the The Brier Creek 4th of July party in 2022.
Please check back soon for the Independence Day Celebration at the North Carolina State Capitol, 1 E. Endenton Street, Raleigh. In 2021 it included a reading from the Declaration of Independence, wreath laying at the George Washington monument by the Sons of the American Revolution, music by Cary Concert Band, and self-guided tours of the Capitol Building.
Check back soon for events in Roxboro. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.
The City of Roxboro’s annual Independence Day Fireworks Display will take place Friday, July 2nd, 2021, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Person High School Stadium, 1010 Ridge Road, Roxboro. Fireworks will be shot from the football field at Person High School stadium. The stadium will not be open to spectators, but the surrounding parking lots are available for parking and setting up lawn chairs to watch the show.
Check back soon for events in Selma. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.
Selma’s all-American Festival with Fireworks
Check back soon for 2022.
The Town of Wake Forest is presenting a fireworks spectacular on Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. It also features a concert by Band of Oz. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., Band of Oz will take the stage at 6:15 p.m., and the fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. The Children’s Parade and Art in the Park will take place on Monday, July 4th.
Check back soon for events in Wendell. This section has not been updated yet for 2022.