Family-Friendly Fun for the Fourth

Check out a fireworks display over Symphony Lake at Cary’s 2021 Independence Day Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Fireworks, laser light shows, and festivals are back this summer to celebrate Independence Day. With family-friendly fun happening around town all weekend long, you’ll be able to get your fill of fourth of July festivities. Here’s the scoop on area events, from Durham to Fuquay-Varina, to celebrate the red, white, and blue:

July 3

You don’t have to wait until July 4 to celebrate in Morrisville! Head to Town Hall Drive on Saturday, July 3, and enjoy Morrisville’s Family Fun Festival. The modified event will include live music, magic shows, roving entertainers, and more. The evening will end with a laser light show that you don’t want to miss. Attendance is free, but food trucks and carnival games require a purchase. The event will run from 4 to 9 p.m.

The Town of Apex is hosting their annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July on Saturday this year with a full day of family fun. The event will kick off with a traditional flag-raising ceremony by the Apex American Legion, followed by a decorated car processional through downtown. The kiddos can join Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels — a fun bike, wagon and tricycle processional for children of all ages. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

Join in on the weekend fun with the Town of Fuquay-Varina’s Independence Day Celebration on Saturday. Local band Spare Change takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. and there will be plenty of food trucks to enjoy including Off the Hog, Lil’s Kitchen, Mama Churros, and more. Fireworks will start at sundown, so make sure you bring a blanket or a chair to set up your spot at South Park.

July 4

Enjoy an Independence Day Celebration at the North Carolina State Capitol. The event will include a reading from the Declaration of Independence and a special wreath-laying ceremony. A live performance from the Cary Concert Band will conclude the event. The ceremony begins at noon.

Cary’s 2021 Independence Day celebration will be at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Sunday. With patriotic performances from the Cary Town Band and North Carolina Symphony, plus music bingo, this event is perfect for music lovers. The evening will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display over Symphony Lake. General admission and parking is free, and the festivities start at 3:30 p.m.

Spend the Fourth outside at Fourth on the Farm Music Fest at Old Mill Farm in Durham. Enjoy live music from Hugh Willard, Maria + Dylan, and Dave Spencer Band, and sip on craft beer from Clouds Brewing and Fullsteam Brewery. Tickets start at $25 per vehicle, and admission includes sparklers for everyone. The event starts at noon and will wrap up at 8 p.m.

Raleigh’s Annual July Fourth Fireworks return this year to the PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Stadium area. Parking is free at the stadium and arena complex, with plenty of great viewing spots to see the show. The lots will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinks and snacks.

July 5

Celebrate a second day for the USA at the annual Fifth of July Celebration in Holly Springs. The event is bigger than ever this year with over 20 food trucks and concession options and live music from Irresistible Groove 5. Finish off the evening with a fireworks show that will start around 9:15 p.m.

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