A Festive Fourth of July

Western Wake is a patriotic community, as evidenced by the number of Independence Day celebrations across the area, spanning three full days of fun!

We’ve compiled the details here, to give you a head start on your planning; see town websites for complete listings.

Before you go, check out these recipes for a festive Fourth of July feast! 

Happy Birthday, America!



Cary – Independence Eve Performances

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave.

An Independence Eve performance by the Applause! Cary Youth Theatre touring troupe, performing at 6:30 p.m., and the Cary Town Band, performing at 7:30 p.m.  

Morrisville – July 3 Fireworks Spectacular

Time: 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Place: Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway

A free fireworks spectacular! Bring your chairs, blankets, drinks and snacks, but no glass containers, coolers or alcohol. Fireworks show at dark, around 9:30 p.m.

Fuquay-Varina – Independence Day Celebration

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Place: South Park, 820 S. Main St.

The town's annual Independence Day Celebration, one day early! Concert by Spare Change, free kids’ rides and inflatables, fireworks at sundown. Bring a blanket or chair; food vendors on site. Coolers allowed but no alcohol or pets.

Garner – July 3 Independence Day Celebration

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road; shuttle service from Bryan Farms, 1832 New Bethel Church Road

Dance music by the Carolina Soul Band, concessions, kids’ adventure zone with inflatables, crafts and DJ, a performance by the North Carolina Symphony, and of course, fireworks. New this year: A group dance-along! Learn the moves here.

Zebulon – Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza (3 Days)

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday

Place: Five County Stadium, 1501 NC 39

July 3, 4 and 5 – three straight days of post-game fireworks shows at the home of the Carolina Mudcats!



Cary – Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Place: Fred G. Bond Metro Park

A parent-child fishing tournament, Parade in the Park, family contests and prizes. Here’s the schedule:

7:30 to 10 a.m., Fishing Tournament, waterfront
9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Decorate your bike or stroller at the Kiwanis shelter
10:30 a.m., Parade in the Park
Join the Cary Town Band for a parade through the park. Awards for first, second and third place overall. 10:45 a.m., Canine talent show, waterfront
11:15 a.m., Family contests, waterfront
Doughnut eating, lakeside Olympics, water balloon toss, sidewalk decorating.

Cary – July 4 Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Time: 3 to 10 p.m.

Place: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Free patriotic performances by the Cary Town Band and the N.C. Symphony, on the Main Stage. Watch boats from the Capital Model Boat Club as they set sail on Symphony Lake at 3 p.m. Ice cream eating c, magician and more. The evening ends with fireworks. Bring a blankets or chair; no tents.

Apex – Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Downtown

Decorate your bike or wagon for Uncle Sam's Parade of Wheels at noon, plus the Apex Fire Department splashdown, street performers, inflatables, contests and concessions. No pets.

Holly Springs: Family Fun Night

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Place: Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Road

From 6 to 7 p.m., make arts and crafts, meet a live animal, or borrow a fishing pole! From 7 to 8 p.m., join singer and storyteller Trish Miller for children's concerts on the deck overlooking Bass Lake, or Dan the Magic Man's magic show. Bring a chair and a picnic!


Morrisville – July 4 Pancake Breakfast

Time: 8 to 10 a.m.

Place: Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive

Join the annual Independence Day Pancake Breakfast, prepared by the Morrisville Fire Department. Day-of tickets will be sold based on availability, $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and younger.

Morrisville – Free Fishing Day

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Place: Lake Crabtree, 1400 Aviation Parkway

In celebration of Independence Day, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has declared July 4 to be Free Fishing Day. Fish in any public body of water without a fishing license. At Lake Crabtree, fishing is catch-and-release only. Borrow a poles at the fishing pier, and get a lesson if you need it, and tips on identifying what you’ve caught.



Holly Springs – Day-After Independence Day Celebration

Time: 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Place: Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave.

Free festivities include music, food vendors, games and inflatables and games, crafts, cornhole and fireworks at 9:15. Bring a blanket or chair, but no sparklers or fireworks.


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