Here's a breakdown of the some of the highlights:
July 3 - You don't have to wait until July 4 for fireworks. Wake Forest and Garner will be celebrating with fireworks on Friday, July 3. And the Mudcats will be holding three nights of fireworks after Thursday, Friday and Saturday night games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
The Works - Downtown Raleigh's annual Independence Day celebration is Saturday. Events start at noon and run until 11 p.m. There will be live music, magic and more on three stages. And get ready to compete. There will be hot dog and ice cream eating contests, as well as a watermelon seed spitting contest. Fireworks start at about 9:30 p.m.
Koka Booth - The Cary Town Band and North Carolina Symphony will entertain Saturday night at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
Durham Bulls - The Durham Bulls will be playing the Norfolk Tides Saturday night. Standing room only tickets are all that remain for the game. Fireworks will follow after.
Midtown Farmers Market - Head to North Hills on Saturday for live music, a watermelon eating contest, bubble station and cooking demos from Sur La Table.
Fort Bragg - Fort Bragg will hold its annual July 4th celebration Saturday from 3-10 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field. There will be live music, a patriotic flag ceremony and fireworks.
Festival for the Eno - This annual event is Saturday and Sunday at West Point on the Eno. This year's festival features live music, crafts, dance workshops, food trucks and a beer garden. Advance tickets are $17 for a single day pass and $30 for a two-day pass.