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Downtown Raleigh to host July 4 fireworks

Posted May 9, 2012

— The City of Raleigh announced Wednesday that this year's Fourth of July fireworks celebration will be held downtown.

In previous years, the event was at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

In addition to the display, Fayetteville Street will host a number of bands, a kids' zone and a wine-tasting event, among other attractions.

"The full range of authentic Americana fun – watermelon seed spitting contests, etc., will fill the day, culminating with a brilliant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.," the city said in a news release.


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  • djofraleigh May 10, 2012

    small business owners downtown get another boost from government money...

  • rhess2 May 10, 2012

    Good move on the part of the City of Raleigh moving the July 4th fireworks downtown. With the Fayetteville St. location more events can be held and will likely draw a larger crowd than the Fairgrounds. Also it will be good for downtown businesses. I'm not sure about the watermelon seed spitting contest, but do like the idea of wine tasting. Better watermelon seeds than tobacco spitting.

  • LivinDTR May 10, 2012

    If one way streets scare you and driving up parking decks makes you dizzy or seems impossible to you, why not park on the outskirts of downtown and take the R-Line...that way, you avoid the scary stuff...but, as a downtown resident, I do ask that you SHARE THE ROAD with those on bikes...It's not that difficult.

  • PanthersFan45 May 10, 2012

    I would love to go if the fireworks were held downtown. Parking doesn't bother me at all even if I have to pay. The area has been revitalized nicely IMHO ....... I have attended many events downtown.

  • StaggerLee May 10, 2012

    Downtown parking is easy. Really, it is easy. There are parking deck all over the place, and they are all either right in the middle of downtown (Wilmington and Fayetteville streets) or within a few hundred yards of the center of downtown. I promise you it is easier to get in and out of than the faifgrounds area...I have tried both during busy times. People complain about downtown parking in every downtown I have ever been in. If you expect to drive to the center of a city and park on the street, it just isn't going to happen....big or small city. Do a Google map of downtown and find the parking decks...they are scattered all over. This link should take you to the page where you can open the pdf that contains parking info and a map of downtown parking facilities.Go to this page and scroll down to the "Parking Guide". http://gsa.raleighnc.gov/search?q=downtown raleigh parking&client=COR_WEB&output=xml_no_dtd&proxyst

  • hintonpp2 May 10, 2012

    I will go if they also offer me ten thousand dollars in cash.

    Guess you're not comming? Just a guess...

  • Fun May 10, 2012

    To much parking eh? I think the city's cost per space at the convention center was $75,000 each for the deck. Government created glut is thats what you're saying. Guess they expected a big turn out for the now bankrupt Mint which Meeker invested about a million of taxpayer money....yep government- we're here to help !

  • just brian May 10, 2012

    It is simple. Go to Wake Forest and watch fireworks that are just as good and not near the crowd. Last year, the stadium at Heritage was clear in 30 minutes and the traffic was not bad at all. Of course, Wake Forest does the Fireworks on the 3rd instead of the 4th.

  • dwntwnboy May 10, 2012

    "Parking is terrible"- no, it's not. Raleigh actually has a glut of parking available downtown. Even the city said they have more parking than they "need" at this point in time because of the economy, but it's part of the infrastructure that HAS to be there so that downtown can grown and thrive. The parking lot under the Marriott is one of the biggest in town- bigger than most of the stand alone decks even. You may not "see" the available parking, but it's there.

  • dwntwnboy May 10, 2012

    "I will go if they also offer me ten thousand dollars in cash"- ok, really, who can argue with THAT logic? Who wouldn't? LOL