A full list of food, fun and fireworks for the Fourth

July 1, 2011 

Friday

Kenly: Officials encourage residents to bring blankets to enjoy the show, which starts at 9 p.m. behind Kenly 95 Petro Truck Stop at 206 W. Second St. 284-5510

Saturday

Archer Lodge: From 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., visitors can participate in a 5-K race, community parade, barbecue, children's games, cake walk, train rides, horseshoe tournament, bingo and other activities. Fireworks will end the night. The event is at Archer Lodge Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road; 550-1738

Smithfield: This year's festival features games and music by The Castaways. The festival starts at 5 p.m. at the city's town commons, with fireworks wrapping up the night at 9:30; 934-0887

Sunday

Cary: The town will hold a two-day celebration with sports stars and fireworks at Fred G. Bond Park, 801 High House Road. On Sunday, a parent-and-child fishing tournament will kick off the celebration at 8 a.m., followed by a parade in the park at 10:15 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to decorate their bikes and wagons, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Contests during the day will include doughnut and watermelon eating, lakeside Olympics, watermelon seed spitting and water ballon toss. The Cary Town Band and Applause! Cary Youth Theatre will perform at 6:30 p.m.; 469-4061

Fuquay-Varina: The town will kick off its celebration with a band playing soul, Motown and beach music at 7 p.m. Fireworks will start around sundown. Animals are not allowed in the event area. South Park, at 820 S. Main St. 552-1400

Garner: From 5 to 10 p.m., the town will provide live music, inflatables and food at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road. A free concert by the N.C. Symphony will start at 8:30 p.m., with favorites such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Amazing Grace" and classical pieces by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. Fireworks at 9:30 will conclude the evening; 773-4441

Morrisville: Fireworks from 9:30 to 10 p.m. in Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. No glass containers, coolers or alcohol allowed; 463-7110

Wake Forest: A two-day celebration starts at 5 p.m. inside Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Performances include the Band of Oz, Don Carrington's Parachute Team and the Friendship Chapel Choir. Admission is $5 and children under 6 get in free. Visitors can buy five tickets in advance for $20; 556-4436

Monday

Apex: "Olde Fashioned Fourth of July" will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. downtown, with free games, inflatables, music, a climbing wall, a cakewalk, clowns and karaoke. Visitors are encouraged to decorate bikes, wagons and scooters for a parade at the corner of Chatham and Salem streets. Helmets are required for those riding bikes; 249-1120

Benson: Food, games, entertainment, live music, raffle, and fireworks from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Singing Grove; 894-5117

Cary: A day-long Olde Time Celebration at Fred G. Bond Park starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a North Carolina Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Fireworks will conclude the night. No pets are allowed; 469-4061

Clayton: Rides, food, games, live performance and fireworks from 4 to 9:15 p.m. at Clayton Municipal Park on Stallings Street; 553-1555

Cleveland: The festival will feature a parade, food, games, entertainment, street dance and fireworks. 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Community College Annex, 9046 Cleveland Road; 934-6187

Durham: The celebration will start at 5 p.m. with a free concert on the lawn at American Tobacco, featuring Bethesda Bluegrass Band, Phil Cook and His Feat and the John Shain Trio. At 6:05 p.m., visitors can watch the USA Baseball Team vs. Japan at the Durham Bulls Stadium, 409 Blackwell St. Tickets are required for the game. At the end of the seventh inning, gates will open for the public to view fireworks, which will start at 9:30 p.m.; 560-4355

Morrisville: Independence Day Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. under the main picnic shelter in Morrisville Community Park. Presale tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Based on availability, tickets might be available on the day of the event: $5 for adults and $3 for children; 463-7110

Pine Level: July Fourth celebration with kickball and softball tournaments, live entertainment and firetruck rides throughout the day. The event starts at 8:30 a.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. at Sam Godwin Park at 10 Crescent St.; 965-2284

Raleigh: Games, crafts, mini-golf, mountain bike course and obstacle course. Live music will feature John Vettel, Katie & Aaron and Triangle Taiko Drummers. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road. Fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m. No pets, alcohol or coolers allowed; 996-3000

Selma: Entertainment, crafts, food and fireworks starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at 100 N. Raiford St.; 975-1411

Wake Forest: Children's parade will start at North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue. Lineup begins at 10 a.m., and the parade starts at 10:30. No registration required. Riders must wear helmets. At 11 a.m. at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave, children's activities will take place, including crafts, sack races, watermelon seed spitting contest and pie eating contest; 556-4436

Zebulon: A fireworks show will take place after the Carolina Mudcats baseball game, which starts at 7:15 p.m.; 269-2287

Tuesday

Holly Springs: Music, inflatables, potato sack races, crafts, face painting, games, and fireworks from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Womble Park, 1201 Grigsby Ave. Fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m. Visitors are not allowed to bring their own fireworks. Activities also include a bike and wagon parade led by the Holly Springs Police Department; 557-3930

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