An American tradition, even more amazing than apple pie or baseball - is experiencing a fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Here are some great places in the Triangle Area of NC to take your family and friends to celebrate Independence Day:  

The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth is 9 am to 1pm on Mon. the 4th in downtown Apex. Activities include a water slide, face painting, karaoke contest, games, climbing wall and barbecue. Children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at noon on Salem Street. The celebration ends with the Fire Department Splash Down where people can get sprayed down by the fire hose.

The Benson July 4th Celebration starts at 3 pm on July 4th in the Benson Singing Grove and features music and classic cars. Fireworks begin at 9 near Carlie C’s IGA on U.S. 301.

Carrboro July 4th Celebration Monday, July 4 from 9:30 am to 4 pm. with events at Carrboro Town Hall your little ones will love. March in a people’s Independence Day parade from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall, beginning at Weaver Street Market Lawn at 10:50 a.m. Festivities continue until 4 pm with jazz, stilt walkers, an inflatable obstacle course, a kids’ costume contest, kids play area in the Kids Fun Zone and other family-oriented activities. There will be good food and live music for all to enjoy.

Chapel Hill
4th of July at Kenan Memorial Stadium Monday, July 4 from 7 to 11 pm at UNC Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill. Take part in the Fourth of July fun at UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium. The kids will love free face painting, inflatable games and balloon animals! Soul Psychedelique Orchestra performs hits from the 1940s to present. There will also be a watermelon-eating contest hosted by DSI Comedy improv teams. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.

Town of Cary’s July 4th Celebration! Monday, July 4 at 3 to 10 pm at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy. Celebrate America’s birthday in Cary! Gates will open at 3 pm for kids’ activities including fair rides, a scavenger hunt, Happy Dan the Magic Man, scavenger hunts, eating contests and more! There will be live performances by the Cary Town Band at 5:45 pm and NC Symphony at 7:30 pm. Fireworks will begin at dusk!

The Olde Time Celebration is 7:30 am to 3 pm on Monday at Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. An old-fashioned style celebration of the birth of our nation. Expect a fishing tournament, parade, eating contests, water balloon toss and more.

The free musical Patriotic Celebration on Sunday, starting at 6 pm at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band with the Concert Singers of Cary will perform. Info: 919-469-4069

The Clayton Fourth of July Celebration starts at 4 p.m. at Clayton’s Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive, and features a cornhole tournament, basketball competitions and a hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department. Music by North Tower Band. There also will be field events such as sack races and relays, inflatables and rides. Fireworks, no longer visible from Town Square or Horne Square, are best viewed from Municipal Square.

Durham Bulls Fireworks Extravaganza Monday, July 4th following the baseball game Durham Bulls Athletic Park, downtown Durham. Head to the ballpark to watch the Durham Bulls take on the Syracuse Chiefs and stay to watch the stadium sky lit up with fireworks after the game. Can’t make it for the start of the game at 6:05 pm? The stadium will open its gates for general admission based on availability after the 7th inning. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:15. Tickets are required ($19.99-$34.99). At the end of the 7th inning, the ballpark gates will open for general admission based on availability.

The 37th Annual Festival for the Eno takes place Saturday and Monday held at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N Roxboro Road. The festival will feature dozens of performances, vendors and a beer garden. Tickets are $18 for a single day or $30 for both Saturday and Monday. Info:

Durham Central Park holds its Children’s Independence Day Parade on July 4th at 10:30 am, with free fruit pops after.

The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Parade, runs from the corner of Oakland Avenue and Club Boulevard down to Oval Park and starts at 10 am.

Fuquay-Varina Festivities start Sunday at 6 pm at South Park, 900 S. Main St. Food vendors, music, inflatables, rides and more. The band Spare Change performs at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. No alcohol, no pets. Free. Fireworks at dark.

Garner’s celebration at Lake Benson and fireworks display, starting at 5 pm. Bounce houses, crafts and games for the kids, while Soul Music and the N.C. Symphony perform. Fireworks follow the symphony.

July 4th Picnic in the Park Monday, July 4 from 11 am to 3 pm at River Park, 114 E. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. It opens with a community reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by live music. For children, Colonial style games and crafts with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Gather up the family and plan to picnic on Independence Day at Hillsborough’s River Park. There will be performances by local bands Commanders, Fireside Collective, and Magnolia Still. Several food trucks and fun for the kids!

Holly Springs
Day After Independence Day Celebration Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 9:30 pm at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave. Holly Springs’ day after Independence Day celebration will have performances by The Embers and Mark Lippard and lots of kids activities. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

The Knightdale Celebration starts at 5 pm at Knightdale Station Park with fireworks at 9:15 pm. Food trucks will be on hand, and The Embers will perform.

Family Music Festival and Fireworks Monday, July 4 from 7 to 10 pm. Mebane Arts & Community Center, 622 Corregidor St. Dance the night away at Mebane’s Family Music Festival featuring beach band music from Too Much Sylvia. Fireworks will follow the performance at 9:40 pm!

July 3rd Fireworks Sunday, July 3 at 6 pm at the Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy. Take the family to Morrisville Community Park for Fourth of July fun a day early. A food truck rally and music begin at 6 pm. Fireworks will begin at dark. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks allowed; no alcohol or glass. Free. Rain date: July 5.

The Works, Raleigh’s Independence Day celebration on Fayetteville Street runs from noon to 11 pm. There will be 15 bands on two street stages, hot dog eating and watermelon seed spitting contests, rides, and games for the kids, a beer and wine tent for adults, street performers, food and art vendors, GOUGE Wrestling and the King BMX stunt show, plus simultaneous 9:30 pm fireworks displays at Red Hat Amphitheatre and over The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The State Capitol’s Traditional Family Event from noon to 6 pm on July 4th on the south grounds of the historic building. Activities will include musical performances, carriage rides and the traditional reading of The Declaration of Independence.

Brier Creek 4th of July Fireworks Monday, July 4 from 5 to 7 pm Brier Creek Commons Clock Tower Plaza, 8161 Brier Creek Pkwy. Join in the Show Us Your Stripes Block Party family fun including games, bounce houses, face painting and more. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Wake Forest
Wake Forest Two Day Celebration The fireworks spectacular is Sunday at Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Drive. The Band of Oz will play beach music and fireworks start at dusk. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $5; free for children 6 and under.