It’s almost America’s birthday!  Get in on the fun with these local celebrations. Our list includes fireworks & non-fireworks events - there’s so many ways to join in the fun!

Southern Community Park- Chapel Hill

The Town of Chapel Hill’s annual firework display is moving from its old location in UNC’s Kenan Stadium to the green in Southern Village. You can bring a blanket and chairs starting at 6:00pm- Market Street merchants will have food and drinks as well as live entertainment from the Idlewild South band and fun activities for kids. The fireworks display begins around 9:15 p.m. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration- so you don’t want to miss it! Get more information here!

Durham Bulls Athletic Park- Durham

Kick off your Independence Day Weekend with a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park! The Durham Bulls will face the Charlotte Knights on July 3rd at 6:35 p.m. Tickets start at $9 and gates will open for the public at the end of the 7th inning for free. After the game, there is a fireworks extravaganza but entrance is based on availability, so if you want to guarantee a seat for the display, consider purchasing a ticket to the game. Viewing areas outside the park include the grassy area behind Diamond View 3, the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Ponysaurus, and outside of the North Deck by Burt’s Bees. Get more information here!

Koka Booth Amphitheater- Cary

Gates open at 3 p.m. for people to lay down blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Enjoy the ferris wheel ride with a stunning view of Symphony Lake, lively music, ice cream eating contests, scavenger hunts, and more. General lawn admission tickets are free but tickets for special reserved seating must be purchased. Get more information here!

Brier Creek Commons 4th of July Fireworks Show- Raleigh

This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Carolina State Capitol. There will be plenty of food, musical performances, carriage rides, quill writing, and other Revolutionary era activities for all ages to enjoy. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Indepence will also occur! Get more information here!

Other Fourth of July Celebrations in the Triangle Area

Festival for the Eno - Durham

This Independence Day weekend marks the event’s 40th anniversary and takes place over the course of two days - Thursday July 4th and Saturday July 6th from 10am to 6pm. Check out the festival’s website here


Independence Day Celebration- Durham

On July 5th at 11 a.m. there will be a free community reading of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” This event is open to people of all ages and is taking place at Historic Stagville. Copies of the speech are provided! Get more information here!

Carrboro Town Hall- Carrboro

This event starts at Weaver Street Market Lawn at 9:30 a.m. and parades to the Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.The Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage will be back as well as plenty of activities, food, live music, and games. Get more information here!

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July- ApexThis event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Apex’s historic downtown rain or shine. The morning is filled with fun activities like carnival games, inflatables, ice cream, karaoke, a climbing wall and a giant slide. At noon, children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street (note: helmets are required). Get more information here!

Picnic in the Park- Hillsborough
Located at the Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion, this community picnic offers an array of activities for people of all ages. There will be an American Blues and Roots outdoor concert in collaboration with The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Food trucks, games, children’s activities, crafts, and more! This event is free to the public and takes place on Sunday, June 30th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get more information here!

Cary’s Independence’s Eve Celebration

This free event takes place on Wednesday, July 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m with performances by Applause! Cary Youth Theater and the Cary Town Band. Get more information here!