Fourth of July Events 2008

Wake County

Festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The N.C. Museum of History, and the State Capitol grounds. This fun-filled family event is free and open to the public. Inside the Capitol and outside on the square, music played by the St. Mark's Jazz Band, The Huckleberry Brothers, and the Raleigh Concert Band will entertain visitors. For a break from the on-site activities, families can jump on a trolley and take a narrated ride throughout the historic downtown to view Raleigh's landmarks. All events are free.

Raleigh (State Fairgrounds):
This fun-filled family event will include interactive games and inflatable rides, live stage and roving entertainment, and interactive booth displays from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Gates to the celebration open at 2:30 p.m. Country music singer Holland Marie will provide a musical performance on the main stage on the midway at 7:30 p.m. People attending the July 4 Celebration should bring lawn chairs and blankets for the main stage concert. Seating is not provided. Public parking will be available at Gates 4 and 9 at the fairgrounds. Handicap parking is at Gate 2. Public parking also is available at Trinity Road parking lots. Coolers and pets will not be allowed at the event. In the event of inclement weather on July 4, the fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 5 at 9 p.m. All other outdoor events will be canceled. The indoor activities will be held as scheduled on July 4.

Raleigh (North Hills):
Families and Friends Invited to Celebrate Independence Day at North Hills Old-Fashioned Celebration Includes Contests, Live Music, Performances and Special Sales. Children's parade with prizes for the best decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and costumes (Suggested entry fee: One canned food item to restock Wake Relief's pantry). Children who wish to enter the parade should check in between 11 and 11:20 a.m. at the Game Ticket tent in the Commons lawn across from Regal Cinemas.

Beginning Thursday, July 3, 2008, for two days, the Town of Cary will host its annual, star-spangled Fourth of July celebration. The patriotic tribute will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, and the celebration will end on a high note with music by the North Carolina Symphony followed by the Triangle's best fireworks the evening of July 4, 2008 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, 8003 Regency Parkway. Celebration highlights include music, food, contests, games, and, of course, fireworks.
All events are free.
For more, visit the Independence Day events page at

Durham County Durham:
Celebrate patriotism and civic pride with music and fireworks at Durham's Independence Day festivities on Friday, July 4th. Please see the schedule of activities below:

Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP), 409 Blackwell Street

The Durham Parks & Recreation Fireworks show scheduled for Friday, July 4th at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is rescheduled for Monday July 7 at the DBAP following the Durham Bulls game against the Norfolk Tides. Anyone with a ticket stub from the Independence Day Celebration can redeem their ticket for a ticket to the game and fireworks show. People wanting to attend who don't have a ticket can enter the ballpark after the 7th inning .

Eno River:
The annual Festival for the Eno is this weekend, Friday - Sunday, July 4-6, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily at West Point Park off Roxboro Rd. North. Come out and enjoy this alcohol-free festival of live music, crafts, water and family activities as well as learn some "Earth Friendly" ideas. Join in the fun, while learning about this magnificent park's, nature, culture, and the Eno River Basin.

Orange County Carrboro:
Music by grammy-nominted singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen, face painting, balloon sculpture artists, roaming magicians, scrap exchange, games, food and more. Parade on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro with events at the Town Commons.
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Chapel Hill:
The Town of Chapel Hill will celebrate July 4th with fireworks at Kenan Memorial Stadium, a family event that will feature live music by Mark Roberts and the Breeze from Charlotte. Gates 5 and 6 open at 7 p.m. on the stadium's south side. Live music begins at 8 p.m. with local dignitaries providing an official welcome. This year, there will be children's face painting and clowns before the fireworks. Time Warner Cable's Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil will greet the first 3,000 people with free glow necklaces. This year's fireworks display promises a few new twists and surprises. Fireworks are viewed from inside the stadium only, so come early for a great seat. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Recommended parking for the event is available in the University's South Campus at Craig, Dogwood and Cardinal parking decks off of Manning Drive. Alcohol is prohibited - no coolers, outside containers or food items allowed in the stadium. Concession stands will be open to purchase soft drinks, water, foods and treats.

Cumberland County Fort Bragg:
Fort Bragg will observe Operation Celebrate Freedom VI Friday, July 4 at the Main Post Parade Field. The day's activities include free concerts, food, carnival rides and more. The celebration is free and open to the public. The July 4th celebration will feature Country National Recording Megastar, Wynonna Judd. Additionally, the celebration will include the 82nd Airborne Division All American Band, featuring the 1812 Overture; a flag ceremony; a skydiving demonstration; and fireworks. For more information, call 910-396-6126.

Operation Celebrate Freedom VI, Schedule of Events:
3 p.m. - Carnival rides and vendors open
3:30 p.m. - Dakota Rain performs live
4:45 p.m. - Rockie Lynne performs live
5:45 p.m. - Golden Knights Freefall Parachute
6:15 p.m. - Country National Recording Megastar, Wynonna Judd
7:30 p.m. - Remarks
7:58 p.m. - Flag Ceremony
8:30 p.m. - 82nd Airborne Division All American Band, featuring the 1812 Overture
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks Display

Hope Mills:
In Hope Mills, enjoy a small town July 4th celebration with parade, live music, and patriotic activities all day long, culminating in a fireworks display. The parade starts at Hope Mills Middle School at 10:00 a.m., and travels to Municipal Park on Rockfish Road. At Noon, enjoy kids activities and live entertainment. Dakota Rain will perform just before the fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. All of these activities and more can be found at, where you'll find plenty of great ways to enjoy the history, heroes, and hometown feeling of our nation's independence.

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