The Research Triangle Region is filled with fun events and family friendly activities, and the 4th of July is no different. Check out where to celebrate the 4th throughout the region.
9:30 a.m. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham
Free. 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.
Patriotic fireworks show immediately following the July 3rd, 4th and 5th baseball games.
Free, but you should consider buying tickets to the baseball game to make sure you get in. This is strongly suggested.
Pittsboro Summer Fest will be held this year on July 3 as a part of the PBA-sponsored First Sunday events. Please check the Pittsboro Business Association website for updates and information. On Facebook, follow our updates here.
Wake Forest Fireworks Display
Tuesday, 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
Wednesday, 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
Wednesday, July 4th, 11 a.m.
Holding Park, 133 West Owen Avenue
Inflatables, games, activities, crafts for kids
Celebrate a day early at Lake Holt in Butner, NC.
Gates open at 6. Show starts at 9
Benson Singing Grove
400 E. Main St., Benson, NC 27504
Opening ceremonies begin at 5:30pm with Mayor’s welcome, flag-raising, National Anthem, etc. A concert with popular local bands will begin at 6:00pm. The night finishes with a great fireworks display beginning at 9:15pm.
Wednesday, July 4th, 4 p.m.
Activities start at 4 p.m. and include free family field games, free ice cream, free watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department and a free concert. Also look out for food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark and often the live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show.
Sunday, July 1st, 6 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.
Ammons Farm’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
Field beside Sanford Health and Rehab, 2702 Farrell Road, Sanford NC
July 7, 5-9p
Concessions will be available for purchase. They’ll also have a live DJ and face painting for the kids.
Free, but donations at the gate are encouraged.
211 North Main Street Roxboro NC
Parade begins at 10 am in Historic Uptown Roxboro and is organized by Directors Round Table. Line-up will begin at 9 am at the intersection of Lamar and Morehead Streets, by the Museum. We recommend vehicles enter from Madison Boulevard. The theme for this year’s parade is Peace, Love, and the 4th of July.
The City of Roxboro organizes/hosts the annual Fireworks Display that will take place the evening of July 4th at Person High School.
The City of Raleigh has moved the annual 4th of July fireworks display from Downtown Raleigh to the PNC Arena. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to be launched at 9:30 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, July 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NC State Capitol, 1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh
This great Raleigh tradition includes a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, the reading of the Declaration of Independence and patriotic music by Raleigh Concert Band. It also features carriage rides, a couple of food trucks, and lots of free family-friendly activities, like quill writing, “Pie the Redcoat,” and a chance to dress up as a Revolutionary era citizen.
Wednesday, July 4th, 7 p.m.
Brier Creek Commons
Games, bounce houses, prizes, and face painting. Ends with a fireworks display at dusk.
Wednesday, 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.
Sunday, July 1st, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
518 Pershing Road, Raleigh
Fireworks at the grandstand area of fairgrounds start around 9 p.m. BBQ cookout starts at 2 p.m. with local volunteer fire departments competing for best BBQ.
The small community of Wise will be filled with the patriotic spirit on Tuesday, July 4, as Hawtree Volunteer Fire Department and Wise Baptist Church host the Wise Independence Day Parade and Festival from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.