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Best Bets for Fourth of July

Posted June 28, 2012

Trying to decide what do on July 4? We have your best bets for the holiday.

The "Works" on 4th of July - Raleigh's fireworks celebration has moved this year from the state fairgrounds to downtown. The Fayetteville Street Mall area will be rocking from noon to 10 p.m. with beer and wine tastings, bands, BMX bike stunt shows, eating contests, street entertainers and a kids zone. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. 

4th Of July At Booth Amphitheater

July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre  This celebration features patriotic performances and music combined with family-friendly activities, including watermelon and Lumpy's ice cream eating contests. Gates open at 3 p.m. The North Carolina Symphony takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will immediately follow the concert. 


Festival for the Eno

Festival for the Eno - This event celebrates the nature, culture and history of the Eno River Basin. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4 and continues this weekend. Expect live music and dance, a craft show, local food vendors, environmental education for kids, canoeing, a sustainable living expo and more. 

Raleigh Wide Open 2007


Durham Bulls Athletic Park hosts game and fireworks - Spend July 4 watching the Durham Bulls take on the Norfolk Tides. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. and following the game there will be fireworks. If you don't want to go to the game, that's OK because the gates will open after the 7th inning for you to come in for free. The fireworks are expected to start around 9:30 p.m. 

This last event is not in the Triangle, but definitely worth attending if you can make the trip. 

Fort Bragg's July 4th Celebration - This annual event features music, a parachute freefall demonstration, a flag ceremony and fireworks. This year,  Tyler Hilton, Natalie Stovall and Gloriana will perform in concert.

Looking for more events? We have a complete list of Independence Day celebrations throughout the state and a nifty map of them below.

July 4 Celebrations throughout the state

View Independence Day events in NC in a larger map


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  • mgratk Jul 2, 2012

    Oh man, this stinks! No way am I going into downtown Raleigh, fighting traffic, to see the fireworks. The State Fairgrounds were the perfect location. Even then, traffic could be pretty bad. I can't even imagine how bad it will be downtown.

  • Khanrahan Jul 2, 2012

    Thanks for the info RD2! I have added their celebrations to our map! Not sure about 40/42, heylilliza. But Clayton is holding their celebration tomorrow night.

  • heylilliza Jun 30, 2012

    Does anyone know if the fireworks display is still going on at 40/42 - the old Cleveland Middle School? We saw some going on and wondered if they had the display tonight instead of on the 4th.

  • RD28327 Jun 29, 2012

    Carthage is having a 4th of July Parade @ 11 a.m. Pinehurst and Aberdeen will also be having fireworks displays.