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July 4th Events & Things To Do

There are TONS of things to do and events to celebrate Independence Day in the Triangle and Eastern NC. Below you will find fireworks and more for the July 4th holiday in the area.

While we strive to make sure info below is accurate, we recommend that you verify event and venue information before heading out.

Free Fishing For The 4th

Every July 4th folks in NC can enjoy free fishing without the need of a license. This only applies to public bodies of water, of course.

Archer Lodge NC: Family Fun Day

What: parade, food trucks, vendors, games, fireworks, and more!
When: July 9th 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Where: Archer Lodge Community Center

Archer Lodge Family Fun Day Parade 2018 Video

Apex NC: Fireworks Frenzy & Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

What: games for all ages, parade, music, bounce houses, food trucks, and fireworks.
When: July 3-4, 2022
Where: Hunter Street Park & Downtown Apex


Carrboro NC: 4th of July Celebration

What: live music, reading of Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July essay, and fireworks (coordinated by Chapel Hill fireworks).
When: July 4th 2022 at 11AM (pre-event activities begin at 9:30 AM at Weaver Street Market)
Where: Carrboro Town Commons


Cary NC: Independence Day Celebration

What: music, food, & fireworks!
When: July 4, 2022 at 3:30PM
Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre


Chapel Hill NC: July 4th Fireworks

What: Fireworks Display
When: July 4th at 7pm (fireworks will start around 9)
Where: Southern Community Park


Clayton NC: Square To Square Independence Day Street Festival

What: food, music, games, axe throwing, hot dog eating contest, stiltwalkers, face painters, hula hoop contest, waterslides, parades, and LOTS more
When: Saturday, July 2, 2022 10 AM – 2 PM (Farm Market will be set up at 9AM)
Where: Downtown Clayton from Town Square to Horne Square

Clayton NC Square to Square July 4th Celebration Video
Clayton NC 39th Annual July 4th Celebration Video

Durham NC July 4th Celebrations

What: There’s A LOT going on in Durham for the 4th. We put together a list below. Click on the event to learn more about the when and where for each event.


Fuquay-Varina NC Independence Day Celebration

What: food trucks, music, splash pad, fireworks
When: Friday, July 1st. Gates open at 6pm
Where: South Park, 900 S. Main St, Fuquay-Varina


Garner NC Independence Day Celebration

What: NC Symphony performance, kids’ activities, food, fireworks
When: Sunday, July 3rd. 5 PM – 10 PM
Where: Lake Benson Park

Garner NC Independence Day Celebration 2022 Info Video

Holly Springs NC “Day After The 4th Celebration”

What: live music, food, fireworks
When: Tuesday, July 5th 6pm
Where: Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave Holly Springs NC


Henderson NC/Kerr Lake Independence Day Celebration

What: DJ, food vendors, fireworks over the water
When: Saturday July 2nd 4-10pm
Where: Satterwhite Point Park, Kerr Lake


Knightdale NC Fourth On First

What: The Embers concert, inflatables, food trucks, fireworks
When: July 4th at 4pm
Where: Knightdale Station Park

Knightdale’s Fourth On First Fireworks Show From 2018

Morrisville NC Family Fun Festival

What: live entertainment, food trucks, face painters, games, prizes, fireworks
When: Sunday, July 3rd, 4-9pm
Where: Town Hall Drive


Raleigh NC July 4th Celebrations

What: Like Durham, Raleigh has a lot going on for the 4th. Check out the list, and click on an event to learn more about it.


Rocky Mount NC Fireworks & Food

What: live music, fireworks, and more
When: Friday, July 1 6-9 pm
Where: Rocky Mount Sports Complex, 600 Independence Dr Rocky Mount NC


Rolesville NC July 4th

What: food trucks, beer & wine, live music (Chairmen of the Board), games, crafts, inflatables, fireworks
When: July 4th 5pm
Where: Redford Place Park (see map on event page)


Selma NC All-American Festival

What: Firewoks, food trucks, live music
When: Friday July 1st 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Blackstone Plaza 155 Meghan Cir Selma NC


Smithfield NC Independence Celebration

What: live music, games, food trucks, fireworks
When: Sunday July 3 6-9PM
Where: Historic Downtown Smithfield


Wake Forest NC Fireworks Spectacular

What: Enjoy food trucks, live music, and fireworks!
When: July 3rd 2022 at 6:15 (band takes the stage)
Where: Heritage High School


Zebulon NC: Carolina Mudcats Game & Fireworks

What: Carolina Mudcats 3 night home stand against Fayetteville. Each night will end with fireworks.
When: July 1st-3rd 2022
Where: Five County Stadium


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