This article originally appeared in 2019. For this year’s list of how to celebrate the 4th in Raleigh, click here.
From fireworks in West Raleigh to bar crawls downtown, there’s something for everyone in the family to do this Fourth of July. Here’s a rundown of the best events happening around the Triangle for Fourth of July to kick off this year’s celebrations.
LISTEN AND LEARN
Two cultural July 4th events in the Triangle
The N.C. Symphony Independence Day Celebration concert is at
Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary.
Visit the historic Joel Lane Museum House—there will be a free open house in
honor of Independence Day.
FLAGS ON THE FIELD
Sporty celebrations in the Triangle
The North Carolina Football Club will play Charlotte Independence at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
The 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series is July 4 and 5 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Run the Keep RLGH Independent 4-miler at Dorothea Dix Park presented by Runologie and Trophy Brewing.
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE
Watch fireworks across the Triangle
Don’t miss Raleigh’s fireworks display! The city’s official fireworks will be held in
West Raleigh near Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena. Fireworks launch at 9:32 p.m.
Heritage High School in Wake Forest hosts the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular July 3.
There will be food trucks and concessions available and the band Sleeping Booty
will headline the celebration.
Events the entire family will enjoy
The Finley YMCA hosts its Freedom Festival June 30—a family-friendly celebration
with music, activities, food vendors and a fireworks show.
You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate.
Bring the whole family to the Children’s Independence Parade at Durham Central Park.
Decorate bikes, wagons and strollers with items from the Scrap Exchange, then enjoy popsicles and fire truck tours.
Boozy festivities on the fourth
Wear red, white and blue on Glenwood South for Crawl Raleigh—you’ll find themed music and drink specials beginning July 3 at 9 p.m. and ending in the early morning of July 4.
Oak City Brewing in Knightdale hosts its July 4th Bash with
music, food trucks, beer and fireworks.