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Raleigh Wide Open to Feature Music, Fireworks

Posted July 20, 2007

— Raleigh Wide Open, back for the second year in a row, opens Saturday afternoon.

The first celebration was held last year to mark the opening of Fayetteville Street. It was such a success, officials said, the city decided to make it an annual event.

The live music schedule:

  • 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. -- Mickey Mills & Steel (reggae)
  • 2:20 to 3:05 p.m. – Airiel Down (rock)
  • 3:25 to 4:10 p.m. – Kickin Grass (bluegrass)
  • 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. – Bio Ritmo (Latin)
  • 7 to 8 p.m. – Dillon Fence (pop rock)
  • 8:30 to 10 p.m. – Eddie Money (pop/classic rock)

A parade will begin at the Capitol and make its way down Fayetteville Street, ending at Davie Street from 6 to 7 p.m. The movie “Dream Girls” will show for free at 8:15 p.m. at Moore Square.

Raleigh’s downtown sky will turn into a pyrotechnic pageant around 10:15 p.m., when the boom and blast of fireworks signal the conclusion of the first anniversary of Raleigh’s downtown revitalization celebration.

The charge for parking downtown will be $3. Four city parking garages and a surface lot offer approximately 5,000 parking spaces. The locations are:

  • Cabarrus Street Parking Lot, 100 E. Cabarrus St.
  • Convention Center Parking Deck, 429 S. Wilmington St.
  • Moore Square Parking Deck, 233 S. Wilmington St.
  • Municipal Parking Deck, Morgan Street entrance, West Morgan Street
  • Wilmington Street Parking Deck, 327 S. Wilmington St.

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  • gwhatnow Jul 21, 2007

    Why doesn't this article mention how to get there via public transport? For example, how about mentioning other areas to drive to and park and the bus routes from these to downtown? The media does the public a disservice by not publicizing public transportation.

  • lornadoone Jul 20, 2007

    looking forward to it!

  • LADY1 Jul 20, 2007

    Drink on!!!

  • Mac1 Jul 20, 2007

    I'm sure there have been plenty of prior posts about this, but the whole Fayetteville St thing is ridiculous. The city spends millions to reopen the street to traffic because no one's going to downtown. Once the work is done, the city invests a ton of money into celebrations and events...that require closing Fville St to vehicular traffic!

    Why didn't they just throw a bunch of parties instead of redoing the road???

  • lorabora84 Jul 20, 2007

    I enjoyed it last year and being able to walk down the middle of the street drinking a beer is liberating. :) No one got hurt from drinking last year, did they? I'm sure local businesses help fund the event.

  • sillyone. Jul 20, 2007

    If there was no beer, I don't think many people would go

  • ladyblue Jul 20, 2007

    The city is always crying about money so I'd like to know who pays for this. I don't think they should be serving beer at a function as this. If one person drinks one glass and then has a wreck their could be a law suit like they sue the bar owners.

  • hywilson Jul 20, 2007

    I totaly agree. We went last year as a last minute thing and we got the the end of Fayt. St where the beer was and the fireworks starting going off. They were fantastic! We are going this year. I sure hope they have the same result as last year.

  • 2 Jul 20, 2007

    I would highly suggest all go to this... the first year there was about 70K people and the fireworks were just awesome. I am hoping there is going to be another beer garden... that was not in this article.