This year, all fireworks will be launched from the Varsity Lot at North Carolina State University, which is adjacent to PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the N.C. State Fairgrounds. There are no major visual obstructions in the vicinity so the fireworks can be viewed from all directions. The arena also provides ample parking and restroom amenities.
PNC Arena will open gates at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9:30 p.m. Parking at PNC Arena will be free and open to the public. Raleigh police officers will be on hand to assist with traffic control and help maintain a family-friendly atmosphere. In the event of inclement weather on July 4, the event will be moved to July 5.
Visit the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and enjoy international baseball as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team takes on Japan, followed by a MASSIVE post-game Fireworks Extravaganza!
Celebrate our nation’s birthday in spectacular style at Booth Amphitheatre for the area’s biggest Independence Day celebration ever. Come early and enjoy the beautiful setting and patriotic performances with the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities all day long included rides and games, magicians and performances ice- cream eating contests and back by popular demand, the 50 foot Ferris Wheel!
Schedule of events:
3pm: Gates Open to Blankets, Lawn Chairs & Picnics
3-5pm: DJ Uniq
3-7pm: Kids Activities, Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round and more.
4:30-6pm: Ice Cream eating contests.
5:45pm: Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage
7:30pm: NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage
Fireworks to follow the concert (approx 9:00pm)
Kids Activities will include a Ferris Wheel, Berry Go Round, games, magicians and more! Most activities are free but there will be a nominal charge for some rides (Cash only). Activities can be found both inside and outside the venue.
Historic Downtown Apex celebrates America’s Birthday! Kids 12 & under may participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street. Decorate your bike, wagon, tricycle, or other non-motorized vehicle in patriotic colors to celebrate our nation’s independence. The Parade starts at the corner of Salem & Chatham Streets at noon, so be sure to line up early to save your place. Festivities will end with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down! Please note: Helmets are required for the Parade of Wheels.
Celebrate Independence Day early by attending the Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd. This event includes a diverse group of food vendors, music acts, free inflatable rides and a free world-class fireworks display. A concert featuring Spare Change begins at 7pm. Make sure to bring a blanket or chair and get there early to claim the best location to view the fireworks, which begin at sundown!
Festivities begin bright and early on July 4 at the Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park. Registration for the fishing tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Boathouse, parade preparations start at 9:30 a.m. in the Kiwanis Shelter with the Parade in the Park starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be family contests including donut eating, lake side Olympics, seed spitting and more starting at 11 a.m. at the Boathouse and on the spillway.