Fourth of July is coming up on Thursday and if you are still trying to decide what to do, we have a few suggestions.
The Works in downtown Raleigh - Music, food and fireworks (from two different locations this time) will highlight this family-friendly celebration down Fayetteville Street. The fireworks last year were a bit of a disappointment, but they have been testing things out and this year will do two sets: the first at 9:30 p.m. over the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts designed to be visible from anywhere on Fayetteville Street and the second fireworks from Red Hat Amphitheater at 10:15 p.m., designed to be visible to anyone west of Fayetteville Street.
NC Symphony Summerfest: Independence Day Free Concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre - This day-long celebration begins at 3 p.m. and will include magicians, face painters, a ferris wheel and watermelon eating contest. The symphony takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
North Hills Beach Music and fireworks - North Tower will play in this free weekly music series from 6-9 p.m. The fireworks, however, have been canceled. A public safety officer at North Hills confirmed the cancellation Saturday but could not provide more details.
Durham's Fourth of July celebration - The Durham Bulls will play host to the Norfolk Tides on Thursday and immediately following the game there will be a fireworks extravaganza! If you don't go to the game, you can still see the fireworks. At the end of the seventh inning, the gates will open for general admission so you can go in and grab a spot! The free Center Stage music series at American Tobacco is also happening Thursday night, so you might want to hit that if you aren't going to the game.
Festival for the Eno - Also in Durham, the Festival for the Eno starts Thursday. Enjoy live music, local crafts and food at this annual event. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. (Note: You do have to pay for admission to this festival, while everything else on our list is free.)
Town of Chapel Hill's July Fourth celebration - This annual fireworks celebration happens at Kenan Memorial Stadium at 9:30 p.m., but be sure to arrive early to get good seats. You can only few the fireworks from inside the stadium. Gates open at 7 p.m. and family-fun activities are planned throughout the evening. Kenny Mann and Liquid Pleasure will provide music and the first 10,000 people to enter the gates will get free glow necklaces.
"Red, White and You" July Fourth Celebration in Fayetteville - Fort Bragg's July 4 fireworks show was canceled this year due to budget cuts, but the city is still going to celebrate. This celebration, which will include entertainment and food, starts at 4:30 p.m. in Festival Park. Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m. A Fort Bragg soldier won the funding for the event in a contest from Destination America and USA Weekend.