Ready to celebrate Independence Day in a big way this year? Fireworks displays, carnival rides, live music and other patriotic celebrations are lined up all across the Raleigh area to celebrate America's 242nd birthday—don't miss out! If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC, here's your rundown on the biggest and best family-friendly Fourth of July events in the area. (Heads up: A few events listed below don't include fireworks but are early in the day—hit those early then head to more celebrations with fireworks later in the day!)
July 3 and 4
Carolina Mudcats' Mudcats for America Series
The Carolina Mudcats will kick off July with a full week of home games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Celebrate Independence Day with the Mudcats, and you'll enjoy "the best fireworks show in Eastern N.C." that follows the July 3 and 4 games.
Wake Forest Independence Day Celebration
The town of Wake Forest offers up two days of Independence Day celebrations, July 3-4. The Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 will feature live music from Raleigh-based band Crush, plus food trucks and vendors serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. Admission is free! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. On the morning of July 4, kids can jump in on the annual Children's Parade (line-up begins at 10am; parade begins at 10:30am), then have a blast at Art & Games in the Park, 11am-1pm, with inflatables, sack races, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, pie-eating contest and more.
Garner July 3 Independence Day Celebration
Grab a blanket and head to Garner's Lake Benson Park for an evening of patriotic entertainment. The Independence Day Celebration starts at 5pm with music from The Embers, plus games for kids in the Kids Zone as well as local food and drink offerings. The North Carolina Symphony will put on a patriotic program later in the evening, followed by fireworks. Picnics, coolers and beach umbrellas are welcome!
Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration
The town of Fuquay-Varina will host its Independence Day Celebration July 3, featuring food vendors, live music, free inflatable rides and a fireworks display at South Park. The park's splash pad will also be open for kids. The celebration starts at at 6pm.
Morrisville July 3rd Fireworks
You don't have to wait until July 4 for fireworks in Morrisville! The annual Morrisville July 3rd Fireworks display will be held at Morrisville Community Park, with music and food trucks kicking things off at 6pm and fireworks blasting off at dusk. Bring a chair and cash for a tasty treat from a local food truck.
Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July
Check out the town of Apex's Olde Fashioned Fourth of July from 9am-1pm on Independence Day, where carnival games, a giant slide, climbing wall and more are sure to entertain. Kids 12 and under can also participate in Uncle Sam's Parade of Wheels down Salem St.—decorate your bikes, wagons, tricycles or other non-motorized vehicles in patriotic colors! The parade starts at the corner of Salem and Chatham Sts. at noon; line-up is at 11:45am.
Town of Cary's July 4th Celebration
Relax under the pines at Koka Booth Amphitheatre for the Town of Cary's July 4th Celebration—the biggest and best Independence Day party Cary has ever thrown. Beginning at 3pm, you'll be able to enjoy family-friendly activities, including rides and games, a venue-wide scavenger hunt, watermelon eating contests and even a 50-foot Ferris wheel! The Cary Town Band kicks off music at 5:45pm, followed by the North Carolina Symphony and fireworks to cap the evening.
Raleigh 4th of July Fireworks Display
You can't miss Raleigh's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza! Returning to West Raleigh after six years, the city's annual July Fourth fireworks will be held around the Stadium and Arena Complex (Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena area). Free parking to view the fireworks will be available within PNC Arena lots, Carter-Finley Stadium lots and North Carolina State Fairgrounds Bunn Field lots along Trinity Rd. Fireworks will be launched from the Varsity Lot at North Carolina State University. Gates open at 6pm, and fireworks launch at 9:32pm. Perfect for family and friends, this breathtaking show is a must-see.
Knightdale July 4th Celebration
The Knightdale July 4th Celebration will take place July 4 at 5pm at Knightdale Station Park. Enjoy food trucks, vendors, kid-friendly activities and a free performance from headlining band The Embers.
Rolesville 4th of July
The Town of Rolesville is set to put on a stellar Independence Day celebration. The event includes a patriotic parade, live music from the Tyson Brothers Band and Redline, plenty of local-favorite food vendors, kids games and activities, an incredible fireworks show and more.
Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day Open House
Dive into Raleigh history at the Joel Lane Museum House, also known as “The Birthplace of Raleigh,” at the 27th annual Independence Day Open House, 11am-4pm. Historians will be on-site demonstrating various aspects of colonial life, and kids can participate in hands-on activities like making rag dolls and writing with a quill pen. Admission is free.
Wendell July 4th Parade and Celebration
Join the Wendell Historical Society and Town of Wendell for a July Fourth parade and celebration, 10:30am-1pm. The parade begins on Main St. at Wendell Blvd. and includes veterans, children in their most patriotic wear and bands. It’s a quaint and wholesome observance for the whole family. Following the program are free hot dogs and fellowship!
July 4th Fireworks at Brier Creek Commons
Brier Creek Commons' 12th Annual July 4th Fireworks begins at 7pm with the "Show Us Your Stripes Block Party," featuring bounce houses, games, prizes, face painting, food and more. Fireworks get underway after dark.
Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park
Join this old-fashioned celebration of our nation's birth at Cary's Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 8am, which is sure to be lots of fun for the entire family! The celebration includes a fishing tournament, parade and family contests like donut eating, watermelon eating, lakeside games and more. The Boathouse is open for rentals all day long.
North Carolina Courage vs Chicago Red Stars (with post-game fireworks)
The North Carolina Courage, sitting atop the standings in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) after three months of dominant play, will host the Chicago Red Stars on Independence Day at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. A patriotic night all around—the evening will serve as Military Appreciation Night—fans will be invited onto the field to enjoy post-game fireworks
Holly Springs July 5th Celebration
Join the town of Holly Springs for a traditional celebration of America's birthday at Bass Lake Park. Admission is free, and pets are allowed on a leash. There will be face painting, inflatables and rides, food vendors, kids crafts, live music from the Holly Springs Community Band and The Holiday Band and a fireworks display beginning at 9:15pm. Parking is available at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm.