"The 'Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street," will begin at 4 p.m.
There will be eight different bands, the Maximus Circus, a beer and wine tasting tent, a picnic on the street and a kids' zone.
Downtown restaurants will bring their fare to the street and there will even be a watermelon seed spitting contest.
The day will end with a brilliant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
The City of Raleigh is bringing the 236th national birthday celebration to Downtown Raleigh, along with sponsors ABC11 and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
ABC11 will broadcast the event with a live one-hour special from 9 to 10 p.m.