Looking to celebrate Independence Day in the Triangle? You’ve got options – many, many options. From baseball games with fireworks afterword to old-fashioned seed-spitting contests to patriotic parades, celebrations will be going on from Friday through Tuesday.
Here’s a rundown of Triangle Fourth of July celebrations. To be added to this list, send an email with information to Grayson Logue at email@example.com
FRIDAY, JULY 1
Zebulon: The Carolina Mudcats shoot off fireworks after its games for four straight days, Friday-Monday. Games start at 7 p.m., tickets are $10-$25 ($8-$25 for kids). Info: nando.com/3vx.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
Archer Lodge: The community’s Family Fun Day is from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 14009 Buffalo Road. Features a road race, barbecue plates and other food, games for children, cakewalks, bingo and fireworks. Info: archerlodge.org
Durham: The 37th Annual Festival for the Eno takes place Saturday and Monday held at West Point on the Eno park, 5101 N Roxboro Road. The festival will feature dozens of performances, vendors and a beer garden. Tickets are $18 for a single day or $30 for both Saturday and Monday. Info: enoriver.org/festival/
Pine Level: The town’s Independence Day celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Sam Godwin Park on U.S. 70-A. Activities will include kickball tournaments, inflatables, live music and concessions. Fireworks will start after dark. Info: www.pinelevel.org
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Cary: The free musical Patriotic Celebration takes place at the Cary Arts Center, starting at 6 p.m., 101 Dry Ave. Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band (with the Concert Singers of Cary) perform. Info: 919-469-4069 or bit.ly/1Kd2GmX
Fuquay-Varina: Festivities start at 6 p.m. at South Park, 900 S. Main St. Food vendors, music, inflatables, rides and more. The band Spare Change performs at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. No alcohol, no pets. Free. Fireworks at dark. Info: bit.ly/1IhTY5a
Garner: Lake Benson hosts Garner’s celebration and fireworks display, starting at 5 p.m. There will be bounce houses, crafts and games for the kids, while soul music and the N.C. Symphony perform. Fireworks follow the symphony. Info: nando.com/3vy
Morrisville: A food truck rally and music begin at 6 p.m. at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway.. Fireworks at dark. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks allowed; no alcohol or glass. Free. Rain date: July 5. Info: bit.ly/28LdmuH
Pittsboro: The inaugural Summer Fest takes place downtown noon to 9 p.m., with live music, food and games, plus a cornhole tournament at 3 p.m. and kids’ bike parade at 4 p.m. Line up at 3 at the old Piggly Wiggly building on West Salisbury Street. Info: shoppittsboro.com
Smithfield: Celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. in historic downtown Smithfield on South Third Street. The night will include music from The Main Event Band, childrens’ activities, water wars and fireworks at 9 p.m. Info: downtownsmithfield.com
Wake Forest: This town’s celebration is split into two days. The fireworks spectacular is Sunday at Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Drive. The Band of Oz will play beach music and fireworks start at dusk ( between 8:30 and 9). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 ($20 for five; free for children 6 and under). Info: wakeforestnc.gov
MONDAY, JULY 4
Apex: The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. downtown. Activities include a water slide, face painting, karaoke contest, games, climbing wall and barbecue. Children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at noon on Salem Street. The celebration ends with the Fire Department Splash Down where people can get sprayed down by the fire hose. Info: bit.ly/1dlgzkl
Benson: Celebration starts at 3 p.m. in the Benson Singing Grove and features music and classic cars. Fireworks begin at 9 near Carlie C’s IGA on U.S. 301. Info: townofbenson.com
Cary: The Olde Time Celebration is 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Expect a fishing tournament, parade, eating contests and more. Info: bit.ly/1Kd2GmX. Later, activities in Cary continue from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. The event will feature a Ferris wheel, contests, magicians, scavenger hunts and eating contests. The Cary Town Band will perform at 5:45 p.m. The North Carolina Symphony will perform at 7:30 followed directly by fireworks. Info: bit.ly/1Yxv4Gi
Carrboro: Celebration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Weaver Street Market lawn with live music and a kids’ costume contest. At 10:50 a.m., march in a people’s parade from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall, where the festivities continue until 4 p.m. with jazz, stilt walkers, an inflatable obstacle course and other family-oriented activities. Info: carrborojuly4th.com
Chapel Hill: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. (Gates open at 7). Show up early to beat the crowds and to catch DSI Comedy’s watermelon eating contest, which starts at 7. Soul Psychedelique Orchestra performs hits from the 1940s to present. Also: balloon animals, face painting and inflatables for the kids. Info: townofchapelhill.org/july4
Clayton: Celebration starts at 4 p.m. at Clayton’s Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive, and features a cornhole tournament, basketball competitions and a hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department. Music by North Tower Band. There also will be field events such as sack races and relays, inflatables and rides. Fireworks, no longer visible from Town Square or Horne Square, are best viewed from Municipal Square. Info: townofclaytonnc.org
Cleveland: The community will celebrate Independence Day from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. near the Cleveland Fire Station, 9039 Cleveland Road. Activities include a breakfast at Oakland Presbyterian Church, a parade, games, inflatables, pony rides, food, entertainment, barbecue plates, community ballgames, street dance and fireworks. Info: Search “Celebrate Cleveland” on Facebook.
Durham: Celebration takes place after a Durham Bulls game with a fireworks display best viewed from inside the stadium. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:15. Tickets are required ($19.99-$34.99). At the end of the 7th inning, the ballpark gates will open for general admission based on availability. Also, Durham Central Park holds its Children’s Independence Day Parade at 10:30 a.m., with free fruit pops after. And another parade, the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Parade, runs from the corner of Oakland Avenue and Club Boulevard down to Oval Park and starts at 10 a.m. Info for all three events: durham-nc.com. The 37th Annual Festival for the Eno continues at West Point on the Eno park, 5101 N Roxboro Road.
Hillsborough: Picnic in the Park runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at River Park. It opens with a community reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by live music. For children, colonial style games and crafts with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Info: visithillsboroughnc.com
Knightdale: Celebration starts at 5 p.m. at Knightdale Station Park with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand, and The Embers will perform. Info: knightdalenc.gov
Morrisville: The Morrisville Fire Department serves up a community pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Pancakes, sausage and orange juice served. Advance tickets: $4 adults, $2 children; $1 more day of. Info: bit.ly/28PBZWh
Raleigh: The Works, downtown Raleigh’s Independence Day celebration, runs from noon until 11 p.m. along Fayetteville Street. There will be 15 bands on two street stages, hot dog eating and watermelon seed spitting contests, GOUGE Wrestling and the King BMX stunt show, plus simultaneous 9:30 p.m. fireworks displays at Red Hat Amphitheatre and on Fayetteville Street. Info: raleighconvention.com/works/. Also, the State Capitol will hold its traditional family event from noon to 6 p.m. on the south grounds of the historic building. Activities will include musical performances, carriage rides and the traditional reading of The Declaration of Independence.
Rolesville: Celebration starts at 5 p.m. at Rolesville Ballfields, 121 Redford Place Drive. Music, food, magician, face painting and games, followed by a fireworks display. Info: rolesvillenc.org
Selma: Celebration will run from 5 to 10 p.m. near the historic Selma Union Depot on Railroad Street. The event will include live entertainment, music from DJ Jim Earp, dancing, games, inflatables, Tommy the Train, vendors and a children’s area. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Info: www.selma-nc.com
Wake Forest: The annual children’s parade is at 10:30 a.m. along North Main Street. Lineup starts at 10 at North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue. Registration is not required. At 11, Art and Games in the Park starts at Holding Park. Info: wakeforestnc.gov
TUESDAY, JULY 5
Holly Springs: Events are 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave. Features food vendors, live music, inflatables, face painting, games, kids crafts, potato sack races and more. Friendly, leashed pets allowed. No sparklers or personal fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Info: bit.ly/28L4ggD
Compiled by Abbie Bennett, Dawn Harris, Corbie Hill and Grayson Logue.